Bobcats run out of steam in the fourth quarter
MARSHALL- Sometimes a final score can be deceiving. This was the case Tuesday night when Berryville travelled to take on Marshall. Marshall won, 57-43, but going into the fourth quarter, Berryville trailed 40-38.
The game shifted into Marshall's favor as soon as the fourth quarter began when the home team started getting physical and drawing fouls down in the post area, something they had gotten away from in the third quarter. They were also making those foul shots, shooting 25-of-32 from the line. Berryville was 9-of-14. Berryville coach Brent Compton said despite the foul disparity, the game came down to Berryville not being able to execute its plays down the stretch like it needed to.
"We have only had five practices heading into the game and we couldn't make as many adjustments as we would've liked to because we haven't been in the gym enough," Compton said.
Berryville has only had five practices because football season recently ended. The team started with eight players at the beginning of the year, but now that number has jumped to 15.
"We will have some growing pains to start the year, but hopefully by the time conference season starts we will be playing at our best ability," Compton said.
Seth Helmlinger led Berryville in points with 15. Timmond Turner had 12. Kelby Howerton and Garrett Record both had 5 points while Darby Foster and Luke Sugg scored 3 points. Berryville (1-0) travels to Elkins on Friday. Tip off is set for 4:30.
MARSHALL- Holding a team scoreless for one quarter in football is one thing. To do it in basketball is another thing. The Berryville girls beat Marshall 37-23, but after one quarter the game was tied at 12. This is when Berryville decided to ramp up the defensive pressure, with a variety of presses. Marshall went scoreless for almost 12 minutes and Berryville was able to extend its lead to double digits early in the second half.
"We did a really nice job of making them shoot tough shots over us," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "Defensively I was pretty pleased."
Berryville never was able to run away from Marshall due to poor execution offensively and turnovers. Cornelison said as proud as he is of the defensive effort Berryville showed, the offense will have to improve.
"Offensively, we are still trying to find our identity and hopefully somewhere along the way we will," Cornelison said.
Ally Teague led the way for Berryville with 12 points and five rebounds. Hannah Noble had 9 points and three rebounds. Hayley Skelton and Aleksei Smith both had 7 points. Whitney Howerton added 4 points.