Bobcats get the Lead out with overtime game
Three Berryville Bobcat basketball teams pulled off a neat trick last Friday night ---- they got out of Lead Hill with three victories.
The senior boys pushed their record to 11-5 with a 56-53 win, while the Lady Bobcats upped their season record to 15-3 with a 54-30 win.
It took an overtime, but the junior girls won their game, 32-31, when Brittany Lawrence hit one free throw with 2 seconds left in OT.
10-10, 28-28, 43-39, 56-53
In a switch of roles, the Tigers started in a zone defense,while the Bobcats went with man-to-man coverage. Berryville had the most trouble, as Coach Matt Summers said his team had 17 turnovers, which kept Lead Hill in the game.
"We had three turnovers in the fourth quarter that let them tie the game," Summers said, "but Jesse Ashley hit two free throws with 30 seconds to go that gave us a lead and let us hold the ball."
Ashley had a big night, defending Lead Hill's Chance Burleson in a battle of inside players. Ashley scored 8 points, and had 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and 7 big blocks.
Burleson did score 17 points to lead the Tigers, but couldn't shake Ashley, or match Grant Myrick, who netted 26 points and had 11 rebounds.
"Jesse played great defense on Burleson," Summers said. "Those blocks and steals on him were big. And Grant Myrick (26 points) and Josh Jackson (14 points) scored, as usual. With Heath Neal, Dustin Jackson, and T.R. Jamar throwing in a few, it was a big win.
"Playing on the road, after a long Christmas break, a win was just what the doctor ordered. It helped get us ready for conference play."
The Bobcats played Gravette at home Tuesday night, then host another set of Tigers, from Green Forest, this Friday.
Scoring- BV- Myrick- 26, 11 R; J. Jackson- 14, 2 3's; Ashley- 8, 6R, 5S, 7 Blk; Neal- 5; D. Jackson- 2; Jamar-- 1. LH- Burleson- 17; Neal Williams- 14; Lance Hardman- 10.
20-8, 36-13, 42-24, 54-30
"We got a good start and put a lot of pressure on them early," Coach Mitch Myrick said. "We got a lot of steals and fast breaks the first quarter."
Nine of the 11 Lady Bobcats scored in the game, with all contributing toward a win in a good team effort, either scoring or rebounding.
LaTisha Smith led the scoring with 10, and Stephanie Hicks had 8. Christina McNeal, Sheena Spielberg, Kristy Wharton, and Lora Spurgin each scored 6, and Lindsey Moore, Danyaile Hagler, and Ashley Tennant had 4 each.
Crystal Wilson and Sarah Wilson rebounded well and played solid defense to round out the team's effort. The only Lead Hill player to score in double figures was Saylors, with 13.
11-6, 12-10, 19-16, 29-29,
The Lead Hill girls were 15-5 coming into this game, but Coach Mitch Myrick's team was up to the challenge.
The teams battled for three quarters, with Lead Hill getting a 3-point lead in the fourth as time was running out. With the game on the line, Lady Bobcat Hailey Blanchard launched a three that swished the net just as the buzzer went off.
That tied the game at 29-all, with both teams making two points as the end approached. Brittney Lawrence, who had scored 8 points, was fouled with two seconds left and stepped to the line.
She made the winning free throw in the biggest win of the season so far for the Lady Bobcats.
Scoring- BV- Lawrence- 9; Blanchard- 8; Emily Bell- 7; Grace Howze- 4; Chelsea Williams- 3; Katie Williams- 1. LH- Whitney Ray- 14; Chelsea Stewart- 7.