Lady Bobcats, Kingston boys Champs of Jr. Classic Tourney

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Berryville's Junior Lady Bobcats posed with their championship trophy Saturday night after defeating the Kingston Lady Yellowjackets 28-21. The squad defeated Eureka Springs 47-4 on Monday in the Junior Bobcat Classic, then squeaked past the Elkins Lady Elks 31-29 on Thursday to earn a spot in the championship game. The girls made 12 of 16 free throws in the championship game. David McNeal / CCN

BERRYVILLE -- The Berryville junior high girls are the champions of the Junior Bobcat Classic Tournament after defeating Kingston's girls 28-21 in the finals Saturday evening.

Coach Valeri Turner's squad (3-1) made 12 of 16 free throws and got 16 points from guard Britni Smith, who hit two final free throws with just 0:01.6 left in the game.

The Kingston boys edged out an Elkins squad 37-31 for their title behind 15 points from Heythorne.


Coach Turner said, "I am very proud of the girls. They played four games in one week, but pushed through the fatigue and were ready to play."

Her Lady Bobcats were ahead at the half, "up eight," Turner said. "We were pressing after a made basket and using run-and-jump. Our guards, Betzy Boche and Britni Smith, did a good job getting the ball to the posts.

"They were very aggressive and made smarter decisions. Betzy had a heck of a defensive game and they both forced turnovers.

"Allison Smith owned the rebounds and blocked out well, and Sarah Johnson hit her free throws. Hannah Needham, Mckenzie Ruiz and Betzy took up any slack."

Scoring- BV- B.Smith- 16, 6/7 Fts; A.Smith- 5, 1/2 Fts; 3's- Abby Teague, 1/2 Fts, Boche, 3/4 Fts, Johnson, 1/2 Fts. Team- 12/16 Fts. KN- Faith Guidry- 8; Tina Davidson- 6; K. Johnson- 5; H. Lovelace- 2; 1's- Raleigh Seser, K. Smith.

Boys Championship- Elkins went up 11-4 the first quarter, then Kingston cranked up the heat on their press and outscored Elkins 19-6 the second quarter and cruised to a 37-31 victory.

Scoring- KN- Heythorne- 15; 7's- Fancher, Villines; ELK- 8's- Bulla, Glen.

Third place games

Girls- Green Forest defeated Elkins 27-21, with Kaitlin Powell scoring 17, Kodee Powell 6, and Keylen Bell 4. For Elkins, Kayla Moore scored 6.

Boys- Omaha defeated Berryville's boys 44-33, with Ellis scoring 14 and Withrow 11 for Omaha. For Berryville, Porter had 10 with 2 3s, Lehr 7, 1 3s, Howerton 6, Braziel 4, and Hutchcroft, Steeley and Chapin 2 each.

Fifth place games

Girls- Omaha defeated Eureka Springs 44-9, with Savage scoring 16. For Eureka, Jazmin Urioste scored 7 and Sara Baker 2.

Boys- Eureka's boys defeated Green Forest 34-19, with Roy McGehee scoring 12, Ryan Sanchez 8, 2 3s, Dalton Johnson 6, 1 3s, Jake McClung 4, Max Gleaves 3, and Tyler Reddick 1.

For Green Forest, Zach Fitchue had 7, 1 3s, Cody Bennett 5, Dalton Ewing, Jarrett Seibert and Treyton Anderson 2 each, and Austin Allen with 1.


Teams were battling for a spot in the championship games on Saturday, with three of the four games decided in the final seconds, one in overtime.

Omaha/Green Forest Girls

3-5, 8-14, 18-24, 29-29

OT- Omaha wins 35-31

Green Forest got 20 points from Kaitlyn Powell, who also hit 6/8 Fts; Kodee Powell scored 9 and Keylen Bell 2. Omaha got 20 points from Savage, with five others scoring to take the win.

Omaha/Green Forest Boys

17-1, 31-9, 44-16, 48-24

Omaha got 11 points from Boone and 10 from Ellis in the victory. Green Forest's Zach Fitchue scored 7 and hit a three, Jordan Mullins and Jarrett Seibert scored 5 each, and Michael Campbell, Dalton Ewing and Cody Bennett scored 2 each.

Berryville/Elkins Girls

12-11, 18-20, 24-23, 31-29

Berryville squeaked out a win off a three-point play by Britni Smith and a big basket by Betzy Boche in the fourth quarter.

Smith hit a three and scored 15 and was 4 of 5 at the line, Allison Smith and Sara Johnson scored 6 each, and Boche and Hanna Needham had 2 each. For Elkins, Wilson had 9 and Moore 6.

Berryville/Elkins Boys

12-10, 18-16, 27-27, 33-36

The teams were locked up at 27-all going into the fourth quarter, with Berryville missing four free throws at the end. Elkins got to the line last and made two for the victory.

For Berryville, Rick Porter hit 2 threes and scored 8 points, Austin Lehr hit a three and scored 7, Austin Hutchcroft had 6, Ethan Steeley and Ethan Chapin each had 4, and Matt Manley and Drew Howerton scored 2 each.

For Elkins, Casebolt scored 18 and iced the game with the final two free throws of the night. Gass scored 12.

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