Lady Tigers still searching for 1st win, but Farrar says effort isn’t a concern

Friday, January 3, 2020

By Scott Loftis

Based strictly on the Green Forest Lady Tigers’ record so far this season, it’s been a tough year.

But Lady Tigers coach Kyle Farrar wants people to know one thing about his basketball team.

“I want to say to everybody, these kids are phenomenal kids,” Farrar said Monday. “At the end of the day, that’s what really counts.”

Green Forest lost three games in the Holiday Hoops tournament at Berryville’s Bobcat Arena to drop to 0-13 for the season, but the Lady Tigers put up a heck of a fight in Saturday’s seventh-place game, losing to Hamburg 44-38.

After trailing by seven early in the fourth quarter, Green Forest cut the gap to three when senior center Skylar Howerton converted a three-point play with 50.4 seconds remaining.

Hamburg’s Annah Edwards made two free throws with 34.2 seconds left for a 43-38 lead. After a Green Forest turnover, the Lady Lions’ Khya Robinson made the first of two free throws with 15.3 seconds left to set the final margin.

Green Forest had opportunities on offense, but didn’t shoot well. The Lady Tigers lost senior guard Kiara Taylor to an injury when she had to leave the game after being hit in the mouth — an injury that later required several stitches and hindered Farrar’s ability to substitute in the second half.

“We didn’t shoot the ball really well all game long,” Farrar said. “We had it in front of us.”

Green Forest’s best sequence of the game came late in the second quarter. After Hamburg took a 22-11 lead with 4:01 left in the half, junior Evelyn Lopez made a jump shot to pull the Lady Tigers within nine, then hit a three-pointer to cut Hamburg’s lead to 22-16.

Senior Kendall DeMeyer added a three-pointer from the right wing and Howerton scored to pull the Lady Tigers within 23-21.

Hamburg scored the final four points of the first half for a 27-21 lead. Green Forest junior Maddie Youngblood drove for a basket to start the second half, but the Lady Tigers missed five free throws in the third quarter and trailed 31-26 to start the fourth.

Farrar said he can’t fault his players’ effort.

“Obviously, you want to win every game, but the kids are playing hard,” he said. “We can’t ask for more than that.”

Green Forest will host Berryville on Friday at the Grim Gym.

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