Bobcats grind Gravette up, ruin Homecoming games

Friday, February 7, 2003

It may have been Homecoming at Gravette on Tuesday night, but it was also a chance for the visiting Berryville Bobcats to stay on top of the 1AAA race ---- and they did.

Coach Tracy Jones' senior boys pressured the Lions into 24 turnovers during a 71-53 victory that left them on top of the standings with a 17-5, 10-1 record.

Even better, Coach Mitch Myrick's Lady Bobcats kept their winning streak alive with a 66-39 romp that left them 13-10, 7-4, and in third place in the 1AAA standings.

The Berryville junior boys took the only loss of the night, a 52-32 defeat that left them 3-11, 2-5.

SENIOR HIGH BOYS

Berryville vs. Gravette

17-11, 35-23, 54-36, 71-53

"The kids played well together, and were focused in the pregame," Coach Jones said. "They seemed to realize what was at stake, a chance to solidify the number one spot. They did real well, and a new defense Coach Myrick put in helped.

"We didn't have to use our man defense at all. I credit the defense with our win."

The offense did its part, with Grant Myrick getting the team off to a fast start with 11 points the first quarter. He finished with 28, and was 6 of 8 at the line.

Three other Bobcats scored in double figures, thanks to pressure from the team's 2-2-1 press and 1-3-1 zone. Heath Neal and Cory Smith both netted 11, and Drew Ray 10. Josh Jackson added 6, T.R. Jamar 3, and Andy Kriesel 2.

A big third quarter, when the Bobcats scored 19 points and everyone was hitting, was key to the win. For Gravette, Ryan Horstman had 20, and Jamin Handle 18.

SENIOR HIGH GIRLS

25-6, 36-21, 55-28, 66-39

"We had a tremendous start, used our press to go up 20-0 in the first quarter," Coach Myrick said. "Sheena Spielberg hit two threes right off the bat, then we also had a tremendous third quarter.

"It was a big conference win for us. Everyone played."

The team was led in scoring by Danyaile Hagler, who scored 16. Christina McNeal added 11, Spielberg 10, Lindsey Moore 8, Stephanie Hicks 6; Chelsea Williams 5, Katie Williams 4, and Kristy Wharton, Lora Spurgin, and Emma Cantele 2 each.

For Gravette, Lindsey Garside scored 15, and Leah Houtchens 10.

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

9-12, 17-26, 26-35, 32-53

Coach Jones reported that Gravette shot 31 free throws to Berryville's 8, and "shot them well.

"We couldn't make a shot around the basket, and their transition game was really good. They had good athletes.

"Tyler Ashworth worked hard for us. He's really coming on," Jones said.

For Berryville, Ashworth scored 12, Cody Neal 5, Stevin Williams and Brock Fanning 4 each, and Geoff West and Bradley Newberry 2 each. Roberts had 11 for Gravette.

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