Hot times in Bobcat/Tiger Jr. high games
There were hot times in the Berryville Bobcat gym Monday night when four Green Forest junior high teams came to play basketball.
Fans from both schools filled the gym, in spite of rainy, warm weather and Monday Night Football, and they were treated to some exciting, close action.
The Lady Tiger seventh-grade team won the opener 33-12, with the Berryville seventh boys winning an action-packed second game 23-21.
The Berryville junior high girls (1-1) held off a late onslaught to win 35-32, with the Berryville boys (2-0) playing frantic man defense to win 44-20.
18-2, 22-13, 38-13, 44-20
Berryville pressed man-to-man and full court all night, and held the Tigers (0-3) to just one basket the first quarter with frantic defense. Green Forest fought back in the second quarter and used their size to make a dent in a big deficit.
But Berryville's in-your-face pressure held Green Forest scoreless in the third quarter, and Coach Tracy Jones played all 24 of his kids before the game ended.
Starting for Green Forest and new coach Mike Hampton was Cubby Arnold, Nathan Knight, Kyle Kleffman, Josh Dudley, and Justin Reece. Starting for Berryville was Stevin Williams, Cody Neal, Gary Myers, Doug Marley, and Gared Jennings.
Scoring- BV- Myers- 16; Marley- 7; G. Jennings- 6; Williams- 5; Geoff West- 4; Jared Wolfinbarger- 3; Efren Trujillo- 2. GF- Lucas Graham- 10; Reece- 4; Matt McCoy- 3; Bobby Duncan- 2; John Asbury- 1.
11-6, 23-12, 29-24, 35-32
The Lady Bobcats used their size to go inside and take an early lead for Coach Matt Carter, but Coach Jim Goins' Lady Tigers (2-1) fought back, scrapping on defense and hustling on offense.
Green Forest didn't have an answer for 6-0 Ivie Deweese (8 points, 5 rebounds), or 5-10 forward Mckenzie Howerton (12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 blocks), although Sarah Waters (8 points) and Kasey Barinsky (7 points) battled hard inside.
In the second half, with Amelia Villines providing a spark off the bench, Green Forest cut Berryville's lead to 29-24 with 4:51 to play after Lady Bobcats Courtney Moore and Katie Tennant scored baskets.
Deweese hit a pair of free throws with time running down to make it 33-28, then Howerton made two crucial free throws for Berryville at the 1:12 mark.
Villines answered with a basket with 32 seconds to play to make it a three-point game, 35-32, then Green Forest missed two final shots under pressure and Berryville took the win.
Scoring- BV- Howerton- 12, 2/2 Fts, 6R, 5S, 2B; Deweese- 8, 5R; Moore- 7, 4R, 4A; Lynsey Griffith- 5; Tennant- 3, 6S. Team- 9/18 Fts., 20 turnovers. GF- Barinsky- 8; Waters- 7; Danielle Camper- 5; A. Villines- 4; 2's- Tori Allen, Courtney Ruff, Danielle Villines, Kamara Hoppe. Team- 4/7 Fts.
Boys- Berryville won 23-21.
Scoring- BV- Shane Kesler- 15; GF- Will Mullen- 7; Jeffrey Kolb- 6.
Girls- Green Forest won 33-12.
Scoring- BV- 4's- Tori Grim, Crystal Changus; GF- Lakyn James- 12; Katie Head- 10.