Berryville girls, boys turn in winning performances

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREEN FOREST -- Solid defense helped the Berryville Bobcats put themselves in position to win against the Greenland Pirates. Good free-throw shooting helped the Bobcats seal the deal.

Seth Hemlinger scored 18 points and the Bobcats made four free throws in the final two minutes to clinch a 41-36 victory in the third-place game of the Green Forest Holiday Tournament.

With Berryville leading 39-36, Zach Walker made two free throws with less than 10 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game and clinch the victory. Tate Ferguson also made a pair of key free throws down the stretch for the Bobcats (5-4).

"We know free throw shooting is huge and for us to be clutch down the stretch like that was huge," Berryville Coach Brent Compton said.

The first half was a defensive battle, with the Bobcats leading 23-20 at halftime. Berryville stretched its lead to 32-24 at the end of the third quarter.

"We need to give that effort night in and night out and we can be successful this year," Compton said.

Ferguson had eight points for Berryville and Timmond Turner added six.

The Bobcats will host Shiloh Christian on Tuesday night. Action will start at 4 p.m. at Bobcat Arena.

BERRYVILLE -- First-half foul trouble kept the Berryville Lady Bobcats from turning up the defensive pressure in Friday's game against Carroll County rival Green Forest.

In the second half, however, the Lady Bobcats didn't hold back. Berryville used its full-court press and a balanced scoring attack to transform a 19-9 halftime lead into a 53-21 victory at Bobcat Arena.

"We got in foul trouble early and that hurt us from some of the stuff we wanted to do, which was press full court," Berryville Coach Daniel Cornelison said.

Cornelison was pleased with the Lady Bobcats' second-half play but said there is still room for improvement.

"We jumped on them real quick," Cornelison said. "We played pretty well, but we still got areas to work on."

Berryville's Ally Teague had 12 points while Aleksei Smith and Hannah Noble added 11 points each.

Green Forest Coach Kyle Farrer said the Lady Tigers have to avoid turnovers.

"I have told the girls time in and time out that it's all about taking care of the ball," Farrer said. "Right now, it's the little things that is hurting us and it's frustrating."

Payton Watson had five points to lead Green Forest. Payton Youngblood added four points.

Green Forest will host Cotter at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Green Forest.

Berryville will be at home Tuesday against Shiloh Christian. Tipoff for the junior varsity game is set for 4 p.m.

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