Lady Tigers display maximum effort
The Green Forest Lady Tigers lost their only game last week by 39 points, but considering the competition and the effort his team displayed, coach Kyle Farrar said he couldn’t have been happier.
Bergman, the state’s top-ranked Class 3A girls team, beat Green Forest 66-27 at the Grim Gym. Farrar said the Lady Panthers are every bit as good as their ranking.
“When they’re clicking on all cylinders, when they’re doing what they do, I don’t see anybody in the in the state beating them,” Farrar said. “They made 10 threes in the first half. They had six different kids make a three and that’s just pretty tough to guard.”
Bergman led 54-19 at halftime. Still, what Farrar wanted to see from the Lady Tigers was effort, and there was plenty of that.
“Our kids competed,” Farrar said. “Even their coach has told me that we’ve played them as tough as anybody. We competed so well. We were really pleased with how our kids played. Just when a team shoots like that, there’s just not much you can do.”
Senior Maddie Youngblood led Green Forest with 14 points. The Lady Tigers played without junior Carlee Smothers, who suffered a knee injury the previous week. Farrar said tests confirmed that Smothers tore her ACL and she won’t be able to return this season.
Farrar said Smothers should be ready for the start of next season.
“We just have to do the best we can to lift her up and keep playing,” he said. “We’ll be with her every step of the way.”
Pending the weather, Green Forest is scheduled to play Tuesday night at Valley Springs and then close out the regular season at home against Elkins on Friday night.
The Lady Tigers will host Greenland in the first round of the district tournament on Saturday.
“We’ll have our fans here, the comfort of our own gym, and we won’t have to travel,” Farrar said. “It’s good to have a home game the first round, especially after we play the night before and they’ve got to be the one to travel. It lines up well. We’ll just play one day at a time and see how it goes.”