Lady Bobcats struggle to score in final of GF tournament
GREEN FOREST -- Most times scoring 29 points in basketball won't get the job done. That was not the case in Saturday's Queens of the Court Championship game in Green Forest, as Gentry defeated the Berryville Lady Bobcats, 29-20.
"Most times, when you hold a team to 29 points, you think you got a great chance to win," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "You hope the defense can do that every night and if they do I like my chances as the year goes on, but we have to do a better job of putting the ball in the basket. There is no doubt about that."
Gentry led 5-2 at the end of the first quarter. Other than a basket by Hannah Morrell, the Lady Bobcats were unable to get anything going offensively.
"The main issue was Gentry is really good defensively," Cornelison said. "These are two teams that know each other really well, two teams that are very physical and that led to a really ugly night offensively."
Ally Teague attacked the basket in the second quarter and was 5 of 7 from the free-throw line, but Gentry extended the lead to 17-7 by halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Pioneers had extended the lead to 22-13. Free throws by Teague, Morrell and Baylea Smith cut the lead to 25-20 with two minutes remaining, but it wasn't enough.
"We are young," Cornelison said. "We have one girl who has played significant minutes at the senior high level so against really good teams, we are going to struggle, especially early."
Despite the loss, Cornelison was proud of the way the Lady Bobcats played throughout the week.
"I saw us get better," Cornelison said. "We didn't make great strides offensively Saturday night obviously, but defensively, I was really impressed."
The Lady Bobcats host Elkins on Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Berryville 58, Marshall 41
GREEN FOREST -- To get to the championship game, Berryville had to get past Marshall, a team that had a great shooter in Kenzie Wallace. Berryville got out to an early 11-5 lead, but Wallace hit a three-pointer as the first quarter came to a close, giving her confidence going into the second. Wallace was responsible for 11 of Marshall's 14 second quarter points. She helped close the gap to 22-19 at halftime.
"We struggled with our game plan early," Cornelison said. "We knew their shooters were (Macie Woods) and (Wallace). We let Wallace run free four or five times and every time we left her, she beat us. We were a little frustrated with that."
Wallace made the first shot coming out of halftime, but after that, she had trouble finding the basket.
"We reiterated our scouting report at halftime and talked about it and did a much better job there in the second half," Cornelison said.
A mix of scoring by Morrell, Aspen Smith, Teague, Kelcee Hopper and Baylea Smith enabled the Berryville lead to swell to 42-25 at the end of the third quarter.
"Our length I think really gave them fits tonight," Cornelison said. "It was a good performance. It's only the second game of the year, but Marshall is a good ball club."
Teague had 20 points while Baylea Smith had 11 and Morrell had eight.