Bobcats boys, girls swept at home by Tigers

Friday, February 10, 2012
Berryville's Alex Dowdle uses his size as he shoots over two Tigers defenders.

BERRYVILLE -- It was one of those nights for the Berryville Bobcats (17-8, 8-5), as they were defeated, 53-46, by Prairie Grove.

"We just couldn't get any of our shots to fall," head coach Brent Compton said. "It was just one of those nights."

The Bobcats were down by one at halftime, but a 25-point surge by the Tigers in the second half would be the difference in the game.

"We haven't played as well as we're capable of at our last two home games," Compton said. "Maybe the teams are now figuring out how to play us."

While the Cats have lost their last two home games, Compton said he is pleased with the quick turnaround of the program.

"If someone had told me before the season started that we would be 17-8 heading into the final game of the regular season, I would have jumped on that immediately," he added. "We're certainly not satisfied."

One element has surfaced over the course of the past month, and that is the fact that teams are well aware of the firepower that sophomore standout Austin Carr brings to the court.

"Other teams may be putting more of an emphasis on him," Compton said. "However, it's not just about one guy. It's about the five that are out on the court."

He added the team has had some really high-profile wins this year, such as Harrison, Huntsville, Pea Ridge and Farmington (twice).

"This may be good for us," he said of the loss. "Our last game on Friday is on the road, but our kids will be focused and ready to go."

Alex Dowdle -- 14; Donnie Hoppe -- 14; Austin Carr -- seven; Clayton Alexander -- five; Rick Porter -- three; Adam Sugg -- 3.

In the girls' game, the Cats were unable to counter the Tigers' offense, as they were bested, 60-38.

Megan Donahoe led the team with 16 points.

The teams will travel to Gentry on Feb. 10 and the district tournament will be in Gravette on Feb. 13-18.

Times are TBA.

While losing is never a preference of any team in any sport, the fact that the last game of the season is on the road only fuels the team's desire to close out the regular season on a high note.

"We've played some really good competition on the road this year and Friday is no different," Compton said. "There is no more pressure on this game than any other game we've had this season."

He added that the conference is full of stiff competition on each and every night, no matter what venue you play in.

"We honestly feel that we can go out on any given night and compete with whatever team is on the court," he added. "We can play with anyone in the league."

He added that the formula for the team moving forward is to go out and compete.

"We just want to go out there and play the way we know we can play," Compton said. "If we do that, then we know we'll play our best game. We're ready to go. We all have to step up and perform. If we do that, then we'll be fine. The kids are determined and want to keep playing."

The boys will look to rebound and get back in the win column prior to heading to Gravette for the first round of districts on Monday, Feb. 13.

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