Lady Cats conclude unbeaten league slate
BERRYVILLE -- Berryville clinched the 4A-1 North title Wednesday afternoon as the Lady Bobcats drilled cross-county rival Green Forest 6-2 to finish the league slate unbeaten at 6-0.
Rachel Lehr netted a hat trick, Yoyci Perez knocked in two goals and Shaila Perez added another for Berryville while Celeste Lemus found the back of the net twice for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Cats hoisted a home made conference banner after the win and will enter next week's conference tournament as a No. 1 seed from the North. Green Forest is seeded third. The Lady Tigers travel to Dardanelle Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. affair while Berryville is off until next Friday at 5:30 and will play the winner of Green Forest's game.
The Lady Cats scored three first-half goals on Wednesday, securing the undefeated conference season early. Lemus answered for the Lady Tigers just before the half and added her second goal late in the second half after the Lady Cats expanded the lead to 6-1 on Senior Night.
"We did what we needed to do and wrapped up the North half," Berryville coach Aaron Hall said. "We are going to districts and will probably play Green Forest."
Berryville outscored it's conference opponents 31-3 this year. Green Forest scored all three goals.
"I was upset when we played them the first time and they scored," Hall said. ""I was not upset this time. It was senior night and we had a lot of going on. (Lemus) really impressed me last night. She's a nice player."
While Berryville punched it's ticket to the state tournament, Green Forest must win a game to advance. The two goals against Berryville was a boost for the Lady Tigers.
"It's a credit to them because it shows they have worked," Green Forest coach Bradley James said. "They continue to work and we are ready for the district tournament."
Hall and the Lady Cats seem to be on course to square off against Gentry for the overall conference title next Saturday at Harrison. Hall said the Lady Pioneers would bring a different level of competition to the field.
"Gentry has walked through their side like we walked through ours," he said. "They have a good freshman that really helps them. They are solid. I haven't seen them but have heard they are solid."