BV wins at Lincoln, hopes to continue building momentum
Sometimes a win is all that counts. That was the case in Thursday night's 43-35 road victory over Lincoln.
"We will take a road win every day, rather it looked good or not," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We just missed tons of easy shots around the basket. We didn't shoot free throws very well. We played hard defensively. We just missed too many chip shots around the basket that would have got us a comfortable victory."
Brady Smith made two three-pointers early to help get the Bobcats out to a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Cole Parton was a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line in the second quarter, and the Bobcats took a 24-21 lead into halftime. The Bobcats only had three scorers in the game, but this didn't seem to worry Compton.
"We threw the ball inside a lot," Compton said. "We didn't take a lot of outside shots. It was a little slower pace. They are a team that is a little harder to get around. They control the tempo and we can't really do anything about that. We just went with the flow and it was ugly and we will take the win." Seth Helmlinger contributed by scoring five points in the third quarter, giving the Bobcats a 33-31 lead going into the fourth quarter. Smith and Parton each made threes in the final quarter to ensure the victory. Compton said it's important the Bobcats keep this momentum rolling.
"If we want to stay where we are at we are going to have to win a few more games," Compton said. "Obviously we want to win our next four and make a push to the top of the league, but we are going to take it one game at a time, stay focused, be prepared and hope to play well every night."
Helmlinger led the Bobcats with 13 points while Smith had 12 and Timmond Tuner had 11.
Berryville 38, Lincoln 25
It's always tough to score when the other team tries to slow the game down. This was the case for Berryville in Thursday night's game against Lincoln.
"They tried to shorten the game down, but we took care of business," Lady Bobcat coach Daniel Cornelison said. "It's tough on the road and we did what we needed to do."
Ally Teague scored 21 points for Berryville. Cornelison said her play was outstanding.
"She was pretty impressive," Cornelison said. She hit two threes. She had a good night."
The Lady Bobcats led 10-9 at the end of the first quarter and extend that lead to 20-13 at halftime.
"We are playing better," Cornelison said. "It seems like we are gaining more momentum as we go."
Berryville led 28-17 going into the fourth quarter. Cornelison knows that a trip to Gravette followed by a home game with Pea Ridge won't be easy for the Lady Bobcats.
"It's not easy going on the road and winning at Gravette," Cornelison said. "It's going to be a tough, physical game. Then we have Pea Ridge at home. They had a chance to beat us, we just happened to play a little bit better fourth quarter than they did."