Berryville girls reach title game

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BERRYVILLE -- Coach Daniel Cornelison's Berryville Lady Bobcats didn't win the Cornerstone Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament championship, but Cornelison said his team will benefit from a 70-42 loss to Valley Springs in Wednesday's title game at Bobcat Arena.

"Valley will press you, and it can't be duplicated in practice, so it is good to see in person," Cornelison said. "We just have to make our foul shots and our layups, too."

Valley Springs took control with an 18-7 run to close the first half with a 34-20 lead, then widened the margin to 52-33 by the end of the first quarter.

"I know we didn't play that great today, but I was real proud of the way our kids performed in this tournament," Cornelison said. "And a part of that was us being a little tired, but Valley is also pretty good."

Hayley Skelton had 11 points for Berryville. Aleksei Smith and Hannah Noble each added 10 points.

Berryville reached the championship game with a 47-35 victory Tuesday over Pocahontas. Cornelison said the Lady Bobcats played one of their best defensive games this season.

"I was so proud of their effort defensively," he said. "We were just able to set the tone early."

Berryville led 22-12 at halftime and 34-22 after the third quarter.

Smith scored 14 points and Ally Teague added 10.

The Lady Bobcats opened the tournament with a 66-35 first-round victory over Cassville, Mo., on Monday.

Smith scored a tournament-record 29 points, including 23 in the first half.

"She has just came into her own over the last few weeks," Cornelison said. "It is quite an accomplishment."

Teague added 16 points for Berryville and Noble scored 14.

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