Gutsy Lady Tigers fall short

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Green Forest Lady Tigers’ season came to an end Saturday, one game short of a berth in the 3A-1 Regional Tournament.

But coach Kyle Farrar wasn’t expressing any disappointment in his team on Monday. Instead, Farrar talked about how proud he was of the Lady Tigers’ effort all season.

“The kids really went through a lot and they really did play their guts out every night,” Farrar said.”And that was no different Saturday.”

After beating Greenland 44-40 in a first-round district tournament game Friday night at Grim Gym, Green Forest played at Elkins in a quarterfinal game on Saturday. Third-seeded Elkins pulled away in the second half and beat Green Forest 58-35.

“We played about as good as we can play for almost three quarters,” Farrar said. “They were just better than us in the fourth quarter. We had to change our defense a little bit, and go man. We’re just not equipped to handle their bigs and their guards. So they kind of got away from us in the fourth quarter.”

Senior Maddie Youngblood scored 17 points in the win over Greenland, including 11 in the first half. Junior Samantha Delavin got 11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, including seven free throws in eight attempts to help the Lady Tigers hold off the Lady Pirates.

In the loss at Elkins, Youngblood made three three-pointers and scored 14 or her team-high 18 points in the first half.

After a winless season a year ago, the Lady Tigers were within one win of reaching the regional tournament. And with the junior high team recently completing a 20-win season, Farrar said it was a good year all around.

“We’re really excited going forward,” he said. “We hate to lose our two seniors (Youngblood and Bianca Rosales) that we had. But it was a good year for everybody.”

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