Lady Tigers learning on the job

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

By Scott Loftis

The Green Forest Lady Tigers are continuing to experience some growing pains in their new conference, but coach Christie Popejoy said it’s not from a lack of effort.

The Lady Tigers lost three conference games last week, including a hard-fought five-set loss at Elkins on Thursday, Sept. 17. That followed losses earlier in the week to Charleston and Booneville.

“We’re not playing bad,” Popejoy said. “We just can’t get over the hump.”

The level of competition in the 3A-1 is a new experience for Green Forest.

“It is unreal,” Popejoy said. “We might as well be playing 4A and 5A teams. But it is what it is, and as long as my girls keep playing better every week there’s not much that I can really complain about.”

But the tougher competition also offers the Lady Tigers a learning opportunity to improve their own program.

“Now that the girls have had a taste of this, they’ll realize that ‘hey, we’ve got to do more than just touch a volleyball starting in July and quit touching it come end of October,’ ” Popejoy said. “I think as time goes on, we’ll learn from this. Give us a couple of years and we’ll be competitive.

Green Forest played at Berryville on Monday. The Lady Tigers will host Hackett on Tuesday at the Grim Gym.

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