Green Forest gives Valley Springs a fight

Friday, January 25, 2019

By Scott Loftis

Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar says his Lady Tigers can compete with almost every team in the 3A-1 East.

Indeed, Green Forest has been in position to win multiple conference games this season before faltering in the fourth quarter. That was the case again on Tuesday as Valley Springs rallied to beat the Lady Tigers 62-51 at the Grim Gym.

Green Forest (6-16, 0-9) held the lead on several occasions in the third quarter and was within three points in the fourth quarter before going ice-cold from the free-throw line.

Farrar said the Lady Tigers made just three of their final 11 free-throw attempts. With a seven-point lead by the four-minute mark, Valley Springs went into its delay game and forced Green Forest to foul.

“They’d make their free throws, and then we’d miss ours,” Farrar said.

Despite the loss, Farrar said the Lady Tigers played very well overall. Valley Springs won the teams’ first meeting 61-15 on Dec. 4.

“We played really well,” Farrar said. “That’s as well as we’ve ever played Valley.”

Senior guard Ashley Farrar, the coach’s daughter, made three three-pointers and scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Green Forest. Sophomore Maddie Youngblood added eight points and junior Kendall Demeyer had seven rebounds.

Valley Springs won the boys game, 77-34.

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