Junior high teams battle to wire in county rivalry
BERRYVILLE -- When the Bobcat and Highlander basketball teams line up against each other, you can always count on it being an exciting night of basketball.
Last Thursday was no exception as the Junior Bobcats held on for a 45-38 win after Eureka roared back, scoring 20 points in the final quarter to make it close.
The Junior Lady Bobcats also got a win when Megan Donahoe stole a pass and made a layup at the final buzzer for a 43-39 victory.
Junior High Boys
5-2, 13-6, 31-18, 45-38
Berryville coach Brent Compton started Garrett Griffith in the post, which turned out to be a good move as the lanky freshman scored 23 points inside against the shorter Highlanders.
"Garrett has gotten a lot better,"?Coach Compton said. "Gavin Osnes did a good job handling the ball. They all played football, so we've only practiced for two weeks. We got a glimpse of what they could be in the third quarter."
Eureka coach Daniel Cornelison got 14 points from forward Dustin Morrell, all in the second half when Eureka came roaring back from 17 down in the third quarter.
"We came to play the second half, caught fire and forced them to make turnovers,"?Coach Cornelison said. "We hit 15 of 22 free throws, which isn't bad for junior high. Dustin scored 14 points, including two threes. ?He's a nice player.
"This group has come a long way and is starting to compete for four quarters. They fought back and got within shouting distance,"?Cornelison said.
Scoring- BV- Griffith- 23, 8/9 Fts; Osnes- 8, 2/2 Fts; Adam Noble- 6; Eric Holman- 5; 1's- Ellis Cook, Alex Dowdle. Team- 15/30 Fts. ES- Morrell- 14, 2 3s; 6's- Kyle Berndt, Nick Bower, 1 3s; 4's- Zack Cole, Josh Laster, Briar Sebby. Team- 15/22 Fts.
Junior High Girls
6-7, 15-15, 30-20, 43-39
Both teams pressed the first half, causing many turnovers for both. But with Berryville leading 15-11 and the first half running down, Eureka's Tabitha Willard scored two baskets to tie it up at the break.
In the second half Lady Bobcat Brenan Epley gunned in two threes the third quarter to put Coach?Kristin Smith's squad up 30-20 after teammate Jodi King scored at the buzzer.
"Makkayla was more aggressive, and Brenan hit two big threes to start the third quarter. We had our inside/out game going,"?Coach Smith said.
Berryville stayed ahead 10 points on layups by Mikkayla Flores, until Coach Aaron's Hall's team rallied.
"I was proud of the girls for coming back,"?Eureka coach Hall said. "I was extremely proud of their effort. We were down 14, then came back to two and got a shot.
"We outplayed them the first half but missed 25 free throws for the game, 18 in the first half and we ended tied, 15-15. We didn't take advantage of it."
Lacy Wolfinbarger scored twice, Willard scored two, then teammate Mariah Sanchez scored to make it 41-36 with just over three minutes to play.
Berryville's Katie Swofford fouled out with 15 points at the 3:02 mark, then Allison Winkle joined her on the bench, bringing in Shaylan Harp and King again.
"Katie did a tremendous job on their big girl,"?Berryville coach Kristin Smith said, "and I was really proud of the kids that came off the bench."
Willard scored once more with 40 seconds to play to make it 41-39, Berryville, two of her 11 points in the fourth quarter and part of Eureka's 19 that period, but Donahoe ended the suspense with her steal and driving layup to win.
Scoring- BV- Swofford- 15, 3/7 Fts; Epley- 10, 2 3s; King- 7; Flores- 6; Lindsey Newberry- 3, 3/6; Donahoe- 2. Team- 7/18 Fts. ES- Willard- 20, 8/21 Fts; Sanchez- 8, 2/5 Fts; Wolfinbarger- 6; Emily Payne- 3; Morrell- 2. Team- 10/35 Fts.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Berryville JH plays at Kingston, and Eureka Springs boys play at Hollister