Berryville boys, girls take care of Shiloh Christian
Days after the Eureka Springs Highlanders gave up 49 points in the first half to the Shiloh Christian Saints, the Berryville Bobcats only allowed 53 for an entire game in a 67-53 victory.
"Our defense was pretty decent," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We tried not to let them get us out of control. That is their whole philosophy, to try to speed the game up and we tried to stay as under control as we could."
A pair of baskets by Devon Smith and a three-pointer by Ty Allen gave the Bobcats a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Shiloh Christian made four three-pointers in the second quarter to tie the game at 30 going into halftime. Compton wasn't pleased about that.
"It was our first conference game, and they are a little unorthodox," Compton said. "Shooting it as fast as they do on offense, and they like to full-court trap, half-court trap. You just don't get that much opportunity to run any offense."
Six third-quarter points by Seth Helmlinger and five by Kelby Howerton gave the Bobcats a 52-40 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats played at Gentry on Thursday. Compton admitted it would be tough for Berryville to get back-to-back road wins heading into winter break.
"We are going to give it all we got," Compton said. "It would be huge to steal a couple on the road. Gentry, though, is a lot better team than Shiloh Christian. Gentry is planning on competing in the top four of our league, so we have our work cut out for us."
Helmlinger led the Bobcats with 24 points while Brady Smith had 11 and Devon Smith had 10.
Berryville 57, Shiloh Christian 25
It's always nice to beat a team at full strength, but if your opponent is missing a few players because they went on a mission trip, I'm sure you won't complain. That is what happened when the Lady Bobcats traveled to Shiloh Christian and handily beat the Lady Saints.
"We can only control us," Lady Bobcat coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We can't control what is going on around us."
The Lady Bobcats led 18-2 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Ally Teague had 20 points in the victory while Hannah Morrell had 18. The Lady Bobcats travelled to Gentry on Thursday evening, a team Berryville has already lost to once this season.
"The first time was early in the year," Cornelison said. "This one is for real. It counts in the conference standings. Anytime you can go on the road and win, it's big. They guard well, so we will go up there and see what happens."