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Tigers Notch Twentieth Win

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February 6, 2011 by wcobserver

By Brent Harrison

WEST FORK- Last week’s inclement weather forced postponement of the Tigers Colors Day matchup set for Friday with Cedarville, but West Fork was able to squeeze in a pair of wins earlier in the week. The Tigers picked up its twentieth win of the season as it threw its weight around against Green Forest 81-24. The Lady Tigers got past one of the higher rated teams in 3A with a 59-30 win against the Green Forest Lady Tigers.

Senior Boys

West Fork 81, Green Forest 24

The Tigers got out to what has become a usual fast start out of the gate with a 32 point first quarter. The Tigers were able to tandem that with a defense that surrendered just a 7-point first quarter.

“Green Forest is a little outmatched and in kind of a rebuilding stage this year,” West Fork coach David Ferrell said. “But your kids still have to play and a road win is a road win.”

West Fork (20-1, 2-0) got the production on Tuesday from its perimeter. Aaron England [20 points], Cody Cone [13 points], Josh Ferrell [11points] and Tim Seaman [12 points] combined for 56 points for the Tigers that usually get the majority of its scoring from its players in the paint.

“We shot it well early and Jared [Johnson] got in foul trouble and didn’t play a whole lot,” he said. “Plus we had such a big lead that honestly we didn’t play Jared all that much. It was just a combination of those things.”

Ferrell has got his team playing well on both ends of the floor in the young conference season; West Fork has outscored its opponents in its two conference games 135-56.

“Obviously we are playing well and we need to keep it up,” he said. “We’re looking forward to getting back into the normal school rhythm of playing. This group likes to play so things don’t throw them off too much.”

Despite a large 47-17 halftime lead, the Tigers were able to maintain its intensity down the stretch holding a 67-24 lead after three quarters.

England led the way for West Fork with 20 and Cone added 13.

Senior Girls

West Fork 59, Green Forest 30

West Fork used 21 points from Junior Melissa Jones in the paint, and teamed that with 17 points and four shots from behind the arc from Maddie McCorkle on the outside to hold off the home-standing Tigers.

“Everything kind of went our way,” West Fork coach Nathan Wells said. “We started off quick, got out to an early lead and just got it going. It was one of those nights where everything we did worked. That doesn’t happen very often but I felt like we played about as good as we could.”

Wells said that in addition to getting the ball into Jones, his perimeter of McCorkle, Ragen Franklin, Sydney Franklin and recent Crowder College commitment Sarah Sagely did a good job in transition.

“We did a good job of running our secondary break,” he said. “We got it to [Jones] a lot in transition; we did a good job in our half court offense of getting it into Jones. She did a good job of finishing the shot.”

“The whole team had a really good defensive effort,” he said. “It was just a good night for us.”

Coming into the night, Green Forest was the No. 5 team in the 3A Division

“I think they were about 17-1 so it was an excellent win for us especially being on the road. I think our early non-conference schedule were we played a really tough schedule has helped us more than anything. I think our girls have a lot of confidence right now.”

West Fork travels to Lincoln this Friday, hosts Greenland on Tuesday February 1, welcomes Lincoln for a makeup date on Wednesday, and hosts a return meeting with Green Forest on Friday, February 4.

West Fork’s Madeline McCorkle drives the ball down court during a game against Green Forest. McCorkle helped the Lady Tigers beat Green Forest with twelve in the basket.

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