Sharpshooters lead Bobcats to big win over Gentry
BERRYVILLE -- Tuesday night's 66-63 home victory over Gentry was an important one for the Berryville Bobcats. It moved the Bobcats to third place in the standings, which ensures them a bye in the first round of the district tournament.
With 4:43 remaining, Darby Foster scored a basket and made a free throw to put Berryville up eight, but Gentry didn't go away. A quick 6-3 Gentry run gave Berryville a 61-56 lead with 2:40 remaining. A basket by Timmond Turner put Berryville back up by seven. Seth Helmlinger and Darby Foster each missed the front end of a one-and-one. Free throws by Gentry trimmed the Bobcat lead to two with 41 seconds left. Berryville had trouble with Gentry's press in the fourth quarter, but Brady Smith was wide-open under the basket for a layup.
"Brady had his best game of the year," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "He just hit big shot after big shot."
Two Gentry free throws cut the lead to two with 15 seconds left. The Pioneers fouled Cole Parton and he made one of two free throws. A Gentry three-pointer at the buzzer was no good.
"We got a little rattled there late, but we did what we needed to do to win," Compton said. "I have been saying that we haven't played our best game of the year yet and we might have done that Tuesday night."
Turner and Smith were responsible for 12 of Berryville's 17 first-quarter points. The Bobcats led 17-11 at the end of the first quarter and 31-29 at halftime. Berryville made three three-pointers in the second quarter, including one by reserve Jacob Johnson.
"Everyone that got in played well and did what we needed them to do," Compton said.
Turner scored eight points in the third quarter while Parton and Foster each made three-pointers. The Bobcats led by 10 going into the fourth.
Compton hopes this wave of momentum continues for Berryville.
"There are a lot of games left," Compton said. "You don't know what will happen from here on out so we might even get to move on up even further."
Smith led the Bobcats with 22 points while Turner had 17 and Helmlinger and Parton each had nine.
Berryville traveled to Lincoln on Thursday.
Berryville 48, Gentry 36
In Tuesday's win, the Lady Bobcats scored more points than they did in their first two meetings against Gentry combined (47).
"We struggled to score against this team the previous two times we played them and I think we worked hard in practice and in film preparing for them defensively and I thought our girls executed perfectly," Lady Bobcat coach Daniel Cornelison said.
Berryville got out to a great start, leading 11-2 midway through the first quarter. Three-pointers by Ally Teague and Baylea Smith gave the Lady Bobcats a 14-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
"It was huge for us to get off to a great start offensively," Cornelison said. "Defensively, we have bothered them, but we haven't scored so for us to be able to come out and say we can score the basketball against them really kicked them in the gut."
Hannah Morrell had six points in the second quarter and Melody Smith scored two baskets. The Lady Bobcats extended their lead to 29-17 at halftime.
"We are starting to make shots," Cornelison said. "What Hannah is doing a great job of is when she catches it and when she is getting doubled, she is finding the open girl and that's the kind of basketball you want to play."
The Lady Pioneers cut the lead to seven going into the fourth quarter, but back-to-back baskets by Morrell gave the Lady Bobcats an 11-point lead with 5:28 remaining in the game. The Lady Pioneers called timeout and went on a quick 4-0 run to make it a 39-32 game with 4:17 remaining, but Aspen Smith hit a big three-pointer to put the game out of reach.
"That was a dagger three," Cornelison said. "What was so great about that was that she had been struggling to shoot the ball early in the game and she came to me and said she was frustrated. I just said let it fly. Let it go. If you're open we don't hesitate. She caught it with that confidence and it was huge."
Morrell led the Lady Bobcats with 20 points while Teague had 10 and Baylea Smith had seven.