Lady Tigers pick up a pair of victories
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Lady Tigers picked up their first victory of the season on Aug. 31, sweeping the Alpena Lady Leopards at the Grim Gym.
Coach Christie Popejoy said the Alpena victory provided the momentum that pushed her team to a five-set victory three days later at Lincoln.
“It came at the right time, because the girls needed that win,” Popejoy said. “It helped us move along, and we got the win Thursday night at Lincoln. It was a hard-fought five, but we pulled it off.”
Popejoy believes the Lady Tigers may be turning a corner.
“We are improving every game, so hopefully the second part of the season we’ll be getting some bigger wins,” she said. “Our girls are moving better, they’re working better together and I think we’ve got the group that can go on and get a few more wins under their belt. It’s been a team deal.”
Seniors Maddie Youngblood, Rachel Hernandez and Magen Parton are providing offensive punch.
“They’re coming along and just pounding the ball,” Popejoy said.
Green Forest’s serving skills are also providing a big boost.
“Our serving is probably what’s saving us,” Popejoy said. “We’ve got those nice, hard serves where we can serve more than one and get some points.”
Junior Samantha Delavin, a five-sport athlete, is also playing well.
“She’s quiet, but she’s mighty,” Popejoy said.
This week, Green Forest will travel to West Fork and host Waldron.