Bobcats hope to build on victory over Kingston

Friday, December 12, 2014

OMAHA -- While winning a third-place trophy might not seem like a major accomplishment, it can give a team in search of a confidence boost what it needs.

Hopefully, that is what Berryville's 58-50 win over the Kingston Yellowjackets on Thursday will do for the Bobcats.

Berryville started out slow in the first quarter, trailing 11-7, but once Seth Hemlinger began getting the ball to Timmond Turner in the second quarter, the Bobcats began to come together offensively. The halftime score was 28-22.

The Bobcats came out in the second half and it was much the same. Berryville Coach Brent Compton said it was one of the better games the Bobcats have played this year.

"We showed a lot of hustle out there, and all in all, it was a good effort, but we still got a long way to go," Compton said.

In the fourth quarter, Berryville went on a 9-2 run to put any hopes of a Yellowjackets comeback to rest.

The Berryville Bobcats are in the Green Forest Holiday Tournament this week. They played St. Joe on Monday.

Turner led Berryville with 14 points. Hemlinger had 13 points and Tate Ferguson added eight.

Girls

Kingston 57, Berryville 28

OMAHA--The Lady Bobcats got off to a rough start against the Kingston Lady Yellowjackets Saturday night and were never able to recover in a loss to the Lady Yellowjackets.

The Lady Bobcats trailed 21-6 at the end of the first quarter, and Berryville Coach Daniel Cornelison said things only got worse from there.

"You know if we want to compete against good teams we are going to have to play a lot better than we did Saturday night," Cornelison said. "We found out that we got a long way to go."

Kingston, a 1A school, is a team that is expected to make a run at the state tournament. On top of beating the Lady Bobcats Saturday, Kingston also made a statement by scoring 90 points against a powerful Valley Springs team.

"Kingston is really good," Cornelison said. "They are the best team we have played all year. Every time it left their hand it seemed like it was going in the basket. When you play teams like that, it is hard to guard them."

The Lady Bobcats will have a few days off before taking on Green Forest on Friday night. Cornelison is glad the Lady Bobcats are getting this break to get better.

"We just have to focus so much right now on what we do and try to get better that I'm not even looking at our schedule," Cornelison said. "We have got to get better. If we can get better, we should be able to compete."

The Lady Bobcats will host the Lady Tigers this Friday. The junior high girls will tip off at 4:30 p.m.

Hayley Skelton had 14 of Berryville's 28 points. Ten of Skelton's points came in the second half.

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