Johnson shines in Berryville loss at Farmington

Friday, February 1, 2013

FARMINGTON -- Berryville dropped to 14-9 overall and 4-7 in 1-4A Conference with a 58-43 loss at Farmington on Tuesday.

Sara Johnson led the Lady Bobcats with 15 points, Britni Smith and Aleksei Smith followed with 11 points each. Aleksei added eight rebounds.

"I was really proud of Sara," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "She played her best game of the year. She finished strong around the rim and had a tremendous second half. And Aleksei did a really nice job rebounding. She worked really hard."

Farmington jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first period and held a 30-17 advantage at the half.

"They did a really good job of running their offense the first two possessions of the game and ran four minutes off the clock," Cornelison said. "We just didn't guard very well in first half and didn't attack their zone very well."

The two traded points in the second half with each team scoring 30. But the first half deficit was the difference.

"We did much better job in second half," Cornelison said. "I know it doesn't really show on the scoreboard. But we played much better."

The Lady Cats maintain fifth-place positioning in the conference with three games left, including Friday's homecoming outing against Pea Ridge at Bobcat Arena. Berryville blasted the Lady Hawks 59-35 on Jan. 4 in Pea Ridge. But it's the same Pea Ridge team that took unbeaten conference leader Prairie Grove to overtime two weeks ago before losing in the extra frame.

"With homecoming you never know exactly the mindset of the team," Cornelison said. "We have to overcome all the distractions. We have to stay focused on the reason we are there that evening, which is to win a ballgame."

A victory on Friday, coupled with wins against Prairie Grove and Gentry to end the regular-season campaign, would allow the Lady Cats to finish even at 7-7 in the conference.

"Realistically, we could finish .500 in division," Cornelison said. "The numbers add up that way. But we are going to have to play better than we did (Tuesday). We just have to take care of our business. We didn't step on floor and play with the intensity we need to play with. We need to get back to basics and play with a high level of intensity, no different than any other team."

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