Elks hard to handle, but Bobcat free throws win

Monday, January 30, 2006
Berryville's Gared Jennings beat Green Forest's Lucas Graham, No. 22, and a teammate to this rebound, while Bobcat Doug Marley, at left, tried to get in on the play. The Bobcats won their second game in a row Tuesday night with a 54-47 victory over the Elkins Elks. Photo by David Bell

BERRYVILLE -- The Elkins Elks made it as hard as they could on the host Bobcats Tuesday night, pushing both senior high teams hard before the home teams earned 1AAA Conference victories behind solid free throw shooting.

Coach Brent Compton's senior boys were tied 32-all after three periods, but hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final frame for a 54-47 win.

"It was a tough, salty performance by the Bobcats. I was proud of them," Coach Compton said.

Coach Matt Carter's Lady Bobcats broke a tight game open with 23 points in the fourth quarter on the way to a 61-42 victory.

"Our senior leadership and experience paid off in the fourth," Coach Carter said. "We fed the ball inside and hit free throws."

SENIOR HIGH GIRLS

15-6, 21-18, 38-30, 61-42

Berryville (17-3, 11-0) jumped on the Lady Elks early, but the visitors used their quickness and some key 3-point shooting (7 in the game) to close to within three points at halftime.

Elkins' Hope Whitney canned five threes in the contest for 15 points, and Tanehill hit two. But Berryville's balanced scoring paid off, with Mackenzie Howerton shaking off a sprained ankle to score 12 points, hitting two threes of her own.

Hailey Blanchard added 11, a three, and was 6 of 6 at the line in the fourth quarter. Courtney Moore scored 10 points and had a number of rebounds and assists, while Kim Whetsten hit two threes and scored 8 points.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter after Elkins' Tanehill drilled two threes at the end of the third period to close to 35-30.

Berryville went on a 10-0 run after Elkins big post player fouled out in the first minute of the fourth trying to guard Emily Bell. Mahalie Armstrong scored twice, then Howerton and Blanchard both swished threes and suddenly it was 48-30, Lady Bobcats.

Berryville finished the game out with 13 of 16 free throw shooting in the fourth, 20 of 30 for the night, while Elkins hit just 5 of 10.

Scoring- BV- Howerton- 12, 2 3s, 2/5 Fts; Blanchard- 11, 1 3s, 6/6 Fts 4th; Moore- 10, 2/3 Fts; Whetsten- 8, 2 3s; Ivie Deweese- 7, 1/2 Fts; Bell- 6, 2/4 Fts; Armstrong- 4, 4/4 Fts. 4th; Katie Tennant- 2, 2/4 Fts; Lynsey Griffith- 1, 1/2 Fts. ELK- Whitney- 15, 5 3s; Kelsi Schuster- 9, 5/6 Fts; Conger- 6; Tanehill- 6, 2 3s; Ball- 4; Caywood- 2.

SENIOR HIGH BOYS

14-12, 21-15, 32-32, 54-47

The two squads went into overtime the last time they played, and it looked like this game was headed the same way.

With both squads playing intense defense and hustling all over the floor, it was hard for one group to gain an edge.

But Bobcat sophomore post Clayton Taff came up big in the fourth, scoring 13 of his 17 points while going 4 of 4 at the free-throw line. And Mr. Clutch, Brad Newberry, added two key free throws in the final seconds to ice the win and pad his scoring to 10 points with two threes.

"Clayton exploded in the fourth, made some nice moves to the basket," Compton said.

Berryville (11-9, 6-5) hit 13 of 16 free throws and was 10 of 12 in the fourth, with Gared Jennings scoring 12 points while frustrating Elkins top scorer, Gabbard, who netted just six.

"Our guards are good free throw shooters," Compton said. "Brad shoots 79 percent, Gared 79.7 percent, Doug 79, and Taff shoots 81 percent. For the season, the team has shot 75 percent so far."

Chuck Davis was the big gun for the Elks, scoring 19 points and hitting four threes, two late in the game.

Scoring- BV- Taff- 17, 13 4th, 5/6 Fts, 4/4 4th; G.Jennings- 12; Newberry- 10, 2 3s, 2/2 Fts; Doug Marley- 9, 1 3s; Stevin Williams- 4; Jared Wolfinbarger- 2. ELK- Davis- 19, 4 3s; Morton- 11, 3 3s; Gabbard- 6; 4's- King, Jordan; Turner- 3. Team- 3/8 Fts.

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