Lady Tigers get bad bounce
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Lady Tigers came within a whisker of their first conference victory Friday night at Rose Bud, but the final bounce of the basketball just didn’t go their way.
With the Lady Tigers trailing by two points, senior guard Ashley Farrar launched a three-point attempt from 24 feet away that bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer to preserve a 65-63 victory for the Lady Ramblers.
The loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 6-17 overall and 0-10 in 3A-1 East play, but coach Kyle Farrar said it doesn’t mean his team failed.
“I don’t think that missed shot means we played better or worse,” he said.
Rose Bud never led until the final 48 seconds, when a series of miscues cost the Lady Tigers. Green Forest committed turnovers on back-to-back possessions, then missed a pair of free throws. The Lady Tigers rebounded the second missed free throw, missed a shot, got another offensive rebound and missed again.
Meanwhile, Rose Bud converted its free throws to take the lead and eventually the game.
Still, Farrar said Green Forest played “about as well as we have all year long.”
Ashley Farrar, the coach’s daughter and a Henderson State signee, scored a career-high 40 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. She made 12 of 22 shots from the floor, including three of seven from three-point range, and 13 of 14 free throws despite a Rose Bud defense geared specifically to slow her down.
“She did everything that she could,” Kyle Farrar said. “They ran everything that they could throw out there at her.”
Senior guard Daisy Padilla added nine points for Green Forest. The Lady Tigers led 35-32 at halftime and 49-47 after three quarters.
“We never could stretch it out to more than five points,” Kyle Farrar said. “We just had a few weak sequences there in the fourth quarter. … We really played well defensively. We all wanted to win and we needed to win.”
The Lady Tigers will host Bergman on Tuesday in a rematch of a game that the Lady Panthers won 50-41 on Dec. 11. Win or lose, Kyle Farrar said he expects his team to play hard.
“The kids have really stayed fighting,” he said. “There’s not an ounce of quit in any of them.”