Short-handed BV loses in finals to Huntsville

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GREEN FOREST -- Playing without three of your starters is always difficult. Having to do it in a tournament championship game against a quality opponent is even more difficult.

That partly explains why the Huntsville Eagles defeated the Berryville Bobcats 59-41 Saturday evening in the final of the Green Forest Holiday Tournament.

"We competed well and played as hard as we could, but Huntsville is a good basketball team," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We shouldn't take anything away from them."

The Bobcat offense hung with the Eagles early, as three-pointers by Cole Parton, Seth Helmlinger and Ty Allen gave Berryville a 16-13 lead with a minute remaining in the first quarter.

"Our kids came ready to play," Compton said. "We shot the ball well early and we weren't intimidated."

The Eagles went on a 19-6 run to end the half however, giving them a 32-22 halftime lead.

"We got down a little bit and they pounced on us," Compton said. "We will use this as a good gauge going forward, though."

Berryville was unable to make a run in the third quarter and the Eagles led 44-30 going into the fourth quarter

The Bobcats have two road games remaining before semester break. With Darby Foster, Luke Sugg and Timmond Turner all on the sidelines, Compton said he hopes to win one of those games.

"We have Shiloh on Tuesday and Gentry on Friday," Compton said. "We will be short-handed, so if we could steal one of those that would be huge, but it's not the end of the world if we lose them, either."

Allen led the Bobcats with 15 points while Helmlinger had 13 and Cole Parton had six.

Berryville 58, Prairie Grove 33

Before the Bobcats got to the championship, they had to get by the Prairie Grove Tigers, a team that some are predicting to make a run at the Class 4A state championship. The Tigers were still missing some key starters because the football team was in the playoffs, but nonetheless, Berryville put the game out of reach quickly. Luke Sugg scored five first-quarter points and helped give Berryville a 13-9 lead entering the second quarter. Kelby Howerton had 11 points in the second quarter and Berryville had a 31-18 halftime lead.

"This was a big one for us," Compton said. "Prairie Grove is a quality opponent. We wanted this."

Brady Smith added five points in the third quarter and Devon Smith added four, not allowing Prairie Grove to make a run.

"We weren't intimidated by them one bit," Compton said. "It was a great effort."

Seth Helmlinger finished the game with 11 points while Brady Smith and Howerton each had 10.

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