Lady Bobcats turn up pressure, overpower Shiloh
SPRINGDALE -- The Berryville Lady Bobcats started slowly Friday night against Shiloh Christian. But they finished fast.
The Lady Bobcats led by just five points at halftime against a Shiloh team that has won only two games this season. Berryville turned up its defensive intensity in the second half, however, and broke away for a 57-30 victory.
"For whatever reason we weren't guarding in that first half," Berryville Coach Daniel Cornelison said. "At halftime we had a little talk about effort, and once we started guarding, the outcome of the game changed."
The Lady Bobcats got out to a sluggish start, giving up several second-chance opportunities early in the game. Berryville led 19-14 at the end of the first quarter and couldn't add to that lead in the second quarter. The Lady Bobcats led 28-13 at halftime.
"We just didn't come ready to play," Cornelison said. "Sometimes when you have already played a team once and beaten them rather handily, you have the tendency to come out thinking you don't have to bring it. That's not the case."
In the second half, the Lady Bobcats brought everything they had. Berryville held Shiloh Christian to seven points over the final 16 minutes.
"If we put that together for four quarters, we don't have any first-half madness," Cornelison said. "We don't need that."
Ally Teague led Berryville with 20 points. Aleksei Smith had 19 and Hayley Skelton added nine. Shayley Sams scored three points while Hannah Noble, Melody Smith and Whitney Howerton each added two.
The Lady Bobcats will travel to Gentry on Tuesday night. Junior high will tip off first, followed by the senior high.
Shiloh Christian 45, Berryville 36
It has been 39 days since the Berryville Bobcats won a conference game. They haven't scored more than 38 points in any of those conference games dating back to a 54-48 victory against Gentry on Dec. 19.
"It is going to be difficult to win basketball games when you can't score," Berryville Coach Brent Compton said.
The Bobcats hung around with the Saints, trailing 12-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter is what hurt Berryville. The Bobcats were unable to get anything going offensively, and Shiloh Christian closed the half on a 7-0 run.
"The second quarter is basically what killed us," Compton said. "We couldn't initiate our offense and the Saints took advantage of it."
Trailing by 15 to start the second half, Berryville found a way to score against the different zone looks that Shiloh Christian showed, but the Bobcats were unable to make the necessary defensive stops to get back in the game. Shiloh Christian led by 11 points at the end of the third quarter.
"Trading baskets with them wasn't going to be enough," Compton said. "We had to make some stops on defense and we couldn't get it done."
Timmond Turner led the Bobcats with 14 points. Tate Ferguson had nine while Garrett Stone added seven. Seth Hemlinger scored six.