Bobcat boys play 1-point nailbitter with Lions

Monday, January 23, 2006
Lady Bobcat Ivie Deweese, center, and a Gravette Lady Lion fought for a loose ball during Berryville's 59-37 win Tuesday night. Berryville kept their record perfect in 1AAA play at 9-0, and were 15-4 overall. Photo by David Bell

BERRYVILLE -- One game was a run-away and the other a one-point nailbiter when the Gravette Lions came to Bobcat gym for 1AAA Conference games Tuesday night.

Coach Matt Carter's Lady Bobcats roared out 22-6 in the first quarter and never looked back in a 59-37 game that saw Emily Bell and Courtney Moore post double-doubles.

Coach Brent Compton's senior boys battled hard against Gravette's hurry-scurry offense and were within two points at the end of the second and third quarters before falling 52-53 at the end.

SENIOR HIGH GIRLS

22-6, 38-16, 49-23, 59-37

It was a clinic to start, as the Lady Bobcat offense was clicking. Guard Courtney Moore had 9 first-half points and 7 rebounds and finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.

Post Emily Bell fired in 11 the first half, and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, with neither player seeing a lot of action the second half.

"We came out focused and rebounded extremely well on the offensive end of the floor," Coach Carter said about the Lady Bobcats (15-4, 9-0). "We had extra chance opportunities and cashed in on them. We shot the ball well, and our balance was pretty good."

In addition to Moore and Bell, Mackenzie Howerton had 8 points and 9 rebounds, and Mahalie Armstrong scored 9.

"Four starters almost had double-doubles," Carter said. "Lynsey Griffith came in with a lot of energy, and our press forced a lot of turnovers. I was pleased with our effort. We had 27 offensive rebounds."

Gravette's answer was Britton, who scored a game-high 24, hit two threes, and was 10 of 13 at the line.

Scoring- BV- Bell- 13, 10R; Moore- 11, 12R, 4A, 1 3s; Armstrong- 9; Howerton- 8, 9R; Griffith- 6; 3's- Kim Whetsten, Heather Eaves; 2's- Hailey Blanchard, Katie Tennant, Ivie Deweese. Team- 6/9 Fts. GV- Britton- 24, 2 3;s, 10/13 Fts; Pendergraft- 6; Olson- 5; Skaggs- 2. Team- 15/23 Fts.

SENIOR HIGH BOYS

9-17, 22-24, 36-38, 52-53

Gravette hit the floor running and caused Berryville (9-9, 4-5) to rush on offense, then scramble back on defense.

Berryville's inside game was strong this game, with Stevin Williams the go-to guy the first two quarters. He finished with 12 points, with sophomore post Clayton Taff adding a team-high 14.

Guard Brad Newberry hit for 12 points, but Gravette answered with 19 from Grant McGarrah and 11 from Colby Roberts.

"We shot ourselves in the foot, missed too many short shots and missed free throws," Coach Compton said. "We did things we wanted, but didn't make free throws at the end."

Berryville was 16 of 27 for the night, and 5 of 8 in the fourth. Gravette was 11 of 17, 3 of 6 in the fourth.

"We're beat up, banged up, and some are sick, but we have to overcome it," Compton said. "Our post play was strong around the basket, and Cody Curtis did a nice job, gave us quality minutes. Cheston Jennings worked hard on defense and was steady with the ball."

Scoring- BV- Taff- 14; Newberry- 12, 1 3s; Williams- 12; Gared Jennings- 5; Nathan Mahan- 4; Doug Marley- 3; C. Jennings- 2.

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