Lady Cats outlast Gentry in final home game of year

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Freshman Ally Teague scored eight points, all in the fourth quarter, to help Berryville beat Gentry Friday night at Bobcat Arena. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

BERRYVILLE -- The Berryville Lady Bobcats finished the regular season on Friday 46-38 win over Gentry at Bobcat Arena.

With the win, the Lady Cats improved to 15-11 overall and wrapped up the No. 6 seed in this week's district tournament at Gentry.

The Lady Cats trailed 12-9 after the opening period and 19-16 at the half before claiming the lead in the third quarter.

"Defensively, in the second half, we played much better, especially in the third quarter," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We made a little adjustment at halftime. We went to a half trap that really gave them some fits and made them turn it over 20 times in the second half. That led to a lot of easy runout points for us."

Berryville's final 11 points were from the free-throw line, though the Lady Cats struggled from the charity stripe throughout the game, connecting on 15-of-31 attempts.

"It should have gotten us beat," Cornelison said of the struggles. "We didn't shoot the ball as a team very well."

Britni Smith led the Lady Cats in scoring with 12 points, followed by freshman Ally Teague with 10, all in the fourth quarter in her first varsity appearance since being called up. Allison Smith followed with nine while Hannah Noble had eight, seven in the second half.

Noble and Teague could be the spark Berryville needs off the bench during the post-season. Teague has only been tested in one varsity affair. Noble has made noticeable improvements during the season and has come into her own over the last two weeks.

"Hannah does things you can't teach," Cornelison said. "She goes and gets every rebound. She guards the other team's best player. She's very physical and just does some really nice things. And she's gaining confidence. She is understudying her role and what she needs to be doing. She's not just giving us minutes. She's giving us quality minutes."

Noble's defensive presence is undeniable, something Cornelison says needs to be top priority if the Lady Cats are going to advance to next week's regional event.

"If we want to try to make a run at a district title this year or in the future it has to start on the defensive end of the floor," he said.

Berryville plays Pea Ridge at 4 p.m. today with a date against Ozark on Wednesday waiting in the wings. The Lady Cats blasted Pea Ridge 72-47 in the first meeting of the year and followed that up with a 59-35 in the second. Ozark beat the Lady Cats by five in the first meeting and three in the second.

"We have to win these next two games to move on," Cornelison said. "If we don't beat Ozark our season is done. It would be over tonight if we don't beat Pea Ridge. If we win Wednesday then we would play Friday. But a win Wednesday will put us in the regional tournament."

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