Lady Tiger win sets up a big showdown

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This picture sums up a lot of the season for the Green Forest Tigers. They play hard, and Jose Herrera's effort is obvious, but the scoreboard tells the story of a lopsided loss to Yellville on Jan. 4. Photo by Jennifer Wellborn

CEDARVILLE -- After a slow start, the Green Forest Lady Tigers shook off the ill effects of a long road trip to beat the Lady Pirates 44-32 Friday night.

The senior high boys, however, started fast but petered out in the second half, falling 67-28 to the Pirates.

Lady Tigers

The Lady Tigers have not played well at Cedarville in the past, and this trip followed in that fashion.

The Lady Tigers led by only 10-8 after a quarter, before posting a big second quarter en route to a 24-11 halftime lead.

Except for that second quarter, in which they outscored their opponents by 11 points, the Lady Tigers stayed almost even with the Lady Pirates. Missed free throws in the second half kept Cedarville in the game, but Green Forest's defense saved the day.

Nikki Mullen led the scoring with 13, and Kaitlin Powell added 7.

Tigers tumble

It was a tale of two completely different halves for the senior boys. During the first half, they handled the Pirate pressure well, and trailed only 22-18 at the half.

In the third quarter, however, Cedarville's shots started to fall, and they pressed relentlessly off those made baskets.

The turnovers mounted, leading to easy baskets, and the game quickly sprialed out of control. The Tigers were outscored 20-3 in the third period, and 27-7 in the final quarter.

Josiah Mullins led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Jagger Wilson with 7.

Who's next?

The boys now face one of the best teams in the conference, with West Fork coming to Grim Gym Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers are looking to make a statement against West Fork's Lady Tigers, who are in a pitched battle for the conference lead.

Tuesday's games start at 4 p.m., with the junior high girls' and boys' teams. The Lady Tigers should tip off shortly after 6 p.m., and fan support may make the difference in a critical game.

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