Berryville, Green Forest prepare for Christmas Tournament
While most Green Forest and Berryville high school students will be sleeping in and eating leftover pie all week, basketball players for the Tigers and Bobcats will be hard at work in the Cornerstone Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament starting on Monday.
"I have high expectations for the Bobcats," Berryville boys coach Brent Compton said. "We go into the tournament 9-3, still trying to get a few guys back from injury."
While Timmond Turner will not be eligible to return until Jan. 5 against Lincoln, Compton hopes Darby Foster will be healthy enough to return for Monday's game against Bergman.
"He started I think every game last year as a junior," Compton said. "We are getting kind of thin. Our rebounding and size has taken a hit with the guys we have out. He is a good rebounder and has experience."
Compton hopes this three-day tournament will be beneficial for the Bobcats begin postseason play.
"You never know when you are going to have to play back-to-back or three nights in a row in a tournament," Compton said. "It's a good experience for our kids."
The Lady Bobcats come into the tournament still trying to figure things out. As a result, Berryville is struggling offensively, but the Lady Bobcats are playing great defense.
"Defensively, we are doing all of the right things," Lady Bobcat coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We are just struggling to score. We are struggling to make the right reads and when we do make the right read, we are struggling to put the ball in the basket."
Cornelison said what the team works on offensively in practice works, it is just a matter of it paying off in a game.
"The things we are doing are right," Cornelison said. "It's just a matter of getting it transferred from practice to a game. It's just repetition, repetition, repetition and eventually it will make sense."
Green Forest coach Brandon Stone added this will be a good test to see where his team is physically.
"It's Christmas," Stone said. "I'm giving the guys some time to spend with their families. We will come in the Sunday before so we should be well-rested. We always look forward to the competition."
While Kyle Farrar said the Lady Tigers are improving, injuries and Christmas plans will keep Green Forest short-handed going into the tournament.
"We are just going to do what we can with what we have," Farrar said. "We just have to keep improving."
The action starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday.