Speed limit: Powell scores 55 in Tigers' victory
By Scott Loftis
Green Forest’s Rhett Powell has been a consistent scorer all season for the Tigers, but last Friday he took things to a whole new level.
The 6-foot senior guard scored 55 points to lead Green Forest to an 87-67 victory at Rose Bud. Powell made 18 of 24 shots from the floor, including four of seven from three-point range, and converted 15 of 18 free throws.
“I didn’t realize he had that many points, to be honest,” Green Forest coach Shane Compton said. “I was just happy that his shots were going down.”
The last Green Forest player to score 50 points in a game was Compton himself, in 1988.
“To be honest, I don’t know if that was a school record or not,” Compton said of his own 50-point game.
Senior forward Carter Boggs added 12 points for Green Forest, and he and Powell each had seven rebounds. Boggs’ father, Jeff, was a high school teammate of Compton.
Powell leads Green Forest with an average of 20 points a game. Compton said Rose Bud allowed Powell to get a good look at the basket, and Powell took advantage.
“I was surprised that Rose Bud was giving him those open shots,” Compton said.
Powell’s game is built on a quick first step.
“He’s really good off the dribble, and he’s able to get separation,” Compton said.
After starting the season 1-14, Green Forest has won two of its past three games.
“I feel like we’re getting better,” Compton said. “There’s a long way to go.”
Compton, in his first season as Green Forest’s coach, took over a program that had won just 13 games over the past three seasons. The Tigers hadn’t won a conference game since the 2014-15 season.
“Hopefully, this will spill over to some of the younger kids and we’ll continue to build,” Compton said.
Green Forest will host Bergman on Tuesday night.