BV loses at Huntsville, looks to bounce back in districts
HUNTSVILLE -- Friday night's game at Huntsville was very important for the Berryville Lady Bobcats. The winner locked up second place in the conference and an automatic berth into the regional tournament. Though Huntsville came out on top, 34-32, the Lady Bobcats had plenty to be happy about.
"I thought we had every chance to win the game and that's all you can ask for," Lady Bobcat coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I was very proud of their effort. I thought that defensively we played about as well as you could other than a couple breakdowns."
Those defensive breakdowns came on back-to-back possessions with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Huntsville led 28-26 and Berryville allowed Delanie Tipton to get free under the basket for a layup. After a Berryville turnover, Tipton scored again, giving the Lady Eagles a six-point lead with 1:52 remaining.
"She, in my opinion, is probably their best player and you just can't let her get free," Cornelison said. "If you do, she is going to make you pay for it."
Berryville's Ally Teague made a three-pointer with 27 seconds left to trim the lead to three. Huntsville missed a free throw, giving Berryville a chance to tie the game, but the Lady Bobcats turned the ball over with 10 seconds left. With Berryville forced to foul, Huntsville made both free throws, extending the lead to five. Teague made a three-pointer as time expired.
Berryville led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Eagles outscored Berryville 12-5 in the second quarter to take a 21-18 halftime lead.
"You got to give a lot of credit to Huntsville," Cornelison said. "They made some adjustments defensively that gave us some problems. Those defensive breakdowns late hurt us. It is those little things late like that you have to do to beat good teams, especially on their home floor."
The Lady Bobcats allowed five points in the third quarter, but were only able to put up four of their own. Berryville trailed 26-22 going into the fourth quarter.
Despite the loss, Cornelison feels confident heading into the district tournament.
"Not many people will, A, go to Huntsville and get a win, and B, not many people play them well over there," Cornelison said. "They are a really hard team to beat over there and for our kids to show the guts and determination says a lot about our team. We have just got to continue to grow, both offensively and defensively, and hopefully we will play well this week."
Hannah Morrell scored 16 points while Teague had nine.
The Lady Bobcats will play the winner of Pea Ridge and Shiloh Christian at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Prairie Grove. With a win, Berryville would earn a bid to the regional tournament.
Huntsville 54, Berryville 27
Sometimes things seem to be stacked against you. This was the case Friday night in Huntsville for the Berryville Bobcats. It was senior night for four Huntsville Eagles, including River Gosvener, who scored 23 points.
"They seemed to be very highly motivated and their defense was very good," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "Being at their place on senior night, they played really well. It was tough. They were the better team for sure."
Berryville's Timmond Turner scored the first basket of the game with 2:48 remaining in the first quarter, but the Eagles ended the quarter on an 8-0 run and let 9-2 at the end of the first. This has been the second game in a row that the Bobcats haven't performed up to par, but Compton isn't too concerned heading into the district tournament.
"I am not too worried because of who we have played," Compton said. "Prairie Grove is a tough matchup for us. They are very athletic and extremely physical and that's kind of how Huntsville played as well. Those are tough teams for us to match up against."
Offensively, things didn't get any better for Berryville in the second quarter. Cole Parton and Ty Allen each hit three-pointers and the Bobcats trailed 22-8 at halftime. Seth Helmlinger scored his first point at the 2:21 mark of the third quarter. Turner and Helmlinger combined to finish the game with 10 points. Compton knows in order to win on Tuesday against Lincoln, it will be up to his two seniors leaders to step up and play well.
"If they play to their capabilities, we will be fine," Compton said. "If we have a bad game, anything can happen, but if they come and bring their A game, I like our chances."
The Bobcats play Lincoln at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Prairie Grove. With a win, the Bobcats would advance to play Gravette at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for a chance to earn a bid to the regional tournament.