Lady Bobcats Flippin Tourney champs

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
The Berryville Lady Bobcats were happy to be 3-0 with the first place award at the Flippin Arvest Bank tournament last Saturday night. They defeated Mountain View 47-27 in the championship game. Front, from left, Krystal Changus, Kim Whetsten, Alysha Johnson, Aubrey Fry, and Heather Eaves. Back, from left, Coach Matt Carter, Lindsay Griffith, Megan Gibbins, Ashley Edens, Ivie Deweese, Mackenzie Howerton, Courtney Moore, Katie Tennant, and assistant coach Kristin Smith. Bob Moore / Carroll County News

FLIPPIN -- They're the champs -- finally!

The Berryville senior girls won their first tournament since the ninth grade last Saturday with a 47-27 victory over Mountain View in the finals of the Flippin Arvest Tournament.

They defeated Bruno-Pyatt 47-33, Omaha 62-29, and Mountain View on Saturday to earn the trophy and put a two-year series of second-place finishes behind them.

"We have improved each game and gave good team efforts," Coach Matt Carter said about his team's play. "All the games, we've been coming out and playing hard the third quarter, and we outscored Mountain View 18-8 that period."

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Saturday, Nov. 11

9-7, 17-11, 35-19, 47-27

Berryville jumped out to a 9-1 lead, but a big, tall, physical Lady Yellowjacket team came back before the first quarter was over.

"They were big and extremely physical and came back, but we got a run in the second quarter for a lead," Coach Carter said.

The Lady Bobcats had been pressing, but switched to a 2-3 zone that Carter said really hurt Mountain View.

Post player Ivie Deweese took advantage of some good passes from teammates to score six points the first quarter and eight more the second to total 15 of the team's 17 points at halftime.

They put the game away with a strong start in the third quarter, outscoring Mountain View 18-8, with McKenzie Howerton scoring six that period.

"We ran the floor, and Mackenzie was aggressive going to the basket and got some steals," Carter said. "We went halfcourt man in the third and forced Mountain View turnovers. It was close until the last three minutes as they got within 10 points."

Howerton hit 4 of 7 free throws at the end, with Lindsay Griffith hitting 2 of 4.

Scoring- BV- Deweese- 19, 1/2 Fts, 6R; Howerton- 12, 4/7 Fts, 6R, 5S; Griffith- 7, 1 3s, 5R, 7A; Kim Whetsten- 5, 1 3s; Courtney Moore- 4, 7A. Team- 9/15 Fts. MV- Burns- 10.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Vs. Omaha

21-10, 38-21, 53-29, 62-29

After a successful first half on offense, the Lady Bobcats got down to business on the defensive end and held the Lady Eagles to just eight points the second half, none in the final quarter.

"Offensively, we played pretty well, weren't nervous. We got some easy baskets off our press, some layups," Coach Carter said. "But we take a lot of pride in our defense. I told them at the half we needed to guard and rebound like we should, and they came out in the third quarter with intensity.

"I was pleased with how they responded. It showed a lot of character," Coach Carter said.

Nine Lady Bobcats scored in the game, with all 15 getting playing time. Ivie Deweese once again led with 15 points off 7 of 10 field goals. Mackenzie Howerton chipped in 12, Courtney Moore 8, Lynsey Griffith 7, Kim Whetsten 6 on two threes, Megan Gibbins 4, Ashley Edens and Aubrey Fry 3 each, and Alysia Johnson 2.

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