Bobcats come up short at state

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Berryville's Donnie Hoppe had 15 points against McGehee on Thursday night. The Cats finished with a record of 20-11.

The Berryville Bobcats had quite the turnaround this season, however, they were defeated by McGehee, 60-58, on Thursday night.

The Cats were able to keep the Owls in check throughout the first half, but the adjustments made for the second half proved to be the difference.

"They came out and kept changing their press on us," head coach Brent Compton said. "We started to turn the ball over. It was really a combination of our turnovers and their ability to hit their shots."

The Cats were able to execute their game plan for the first 16 minutes, as they led by five points at halftime.

While injuries are a part of the game, Compton would make excuses for the injury to sophomore Austin Carr, who battled a knee injury earlier in the season.

"He (Carr) sprained his ankle in the first quarter, which probably limited us on the offensive end," he said.

The Owls were able to utilize their size and athleticism, as they were able to take control of the boards and convert on their second-chance opportunities.

"Yeah, we just had a difficult time keeping them off the boards," Compton added.

The injury to Carr meant others had to step up, and Rick Porter answered the call, Compton said.

"He just played real aggressive," he said.

Donnie Hoppe -- 15; Austin Carr -- 12; Alex Dowdle -- 11; Clayton Alexander -- six; Austin Lehr -- two.

"I couldn't be more proud of how the boys played," Compton said. "Hopefully, this will encourage them for next season. We played well and I'm happy for them."

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