Tigers’ rebuild is a work in progress
By Scott Loftis
Rebuilding a basketball program can require more than a little patience, as the Green Forest Tigers are learning.
A 48-26 loss at Cotter on Nov. 22 left the Tigers at 0-2 for the season and coach Shane Compton says there is a lot of work to be done.
“We’ve only got two guys who’ve played high school basketball,” Compton said, alluding to senior Coby Rincon and junior Reiley Gordon.
The biggest issue, Compton said, is creating an identity and finding a consistent scorer. Guard Rhett Powell has graduated after scoring more than 19 points a game as a senior last season.
“Last year, sometimes we just stood around and watched one guy,” Compton said. “We can’t do that this year. We’ve got to find someone who can score the basketball.”
Junior Daniel McDonald led the Tigers with 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss to Cotter. Green Forest trailed just 23-17 at halftime but scored nine points in the second half.
“We could have won that game,” Compton said. “But we made one out of 17 three-pointers and three out of 14 free throws.”
For now, Compton said the Tigers will keep working to improve.
“We’ve just got to keep trying to find an identity,” he said.
Cotter won the girls’ game 46-20.