Lady Tigers hope to learn from loss

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

By Scott Loftis

Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar knew the Lady Tigers faced a difficult matchup in the first round of the Queens of the Court tournament on their home floor Wednesday.

Class 4A Pea Ridge outscored 3A Green Forest 39-5 over the first 14:03 and went on to a 66-20 victory.

“They had much better athletes, at every spot,” Farrar said. “We were at a disadvantage athletically everywhere. They shot the ball terribly, but they just threw it up and then went and got it when they missed.”

Junior guard Maddie Youngbood hit a pair of three-pointers over the final 1:31 of the first half — and had another good look pop out of the basket — to pull Green Forest within 40-11 at halftime, but Pea Ridge was never seriously challenged.

Farrar said the game offered the Lady Tigers a chance to evaluate themselves. Green Forest is adjusting to the departure of Farrar’s daughter Ashley, who graduated this spring after scoring more than 1,500 career points and accounted for more than half of the Lady Tigers’ offensive output last season.

“We just wanted to see where we at,” Farrar said. “For us to get better and see where we’re at, we need to play good teams.”

The Lady Tigers faced Eureka Springs on Thursday.

The tournament concludes with four games on Sunday, starting at 3:30 p.m.

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