Lady Bobcats going to regionals

Friday, February 26, 2016

PRAIRIE GROVE -- The Berryville Lady Bobcats were unable to produce the same level of excitement the boys did Wednesday, but their 58-33 victory over Shiloh Christian will be just as memorable. For the third year in a row, the Lady Bobcats are going to the regional tournament. They were led in Wednesday's game by senior Ally Teague and freshman Baylea Smith.

"It was a good win for us," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We played a Shiloh team, that in my opinion has been playing a lot better over the last two to three weeks. We just stepped on the floor and took care of business."

Shiloh Christian got out to an early 8-4 lead, but Berryville closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run. Baylea Smith scored eight of those points.

"Baylea showed some quality leadership as a freshman at the point guard position," Cornelison said. "She made some big shots for us, handled the basketball. I thought she did a remarkable job."

Hannah Morrell got in foul trouble in the second half, but she was able to score six points in the second quarter and extend the halftime lead to 28-13.

"She draws double- and triple-teams every night and it opens up other players for us," Cornelison said.

Teague had 10 points in the third quarter as the lead ballooned to 44-22.

The Lady Bobcats will play Huntsville on Friday. Berryville has lost both games against the Lady Eagles this season, but Cornelison is confident his team can win this time.

"I don't feel like it's been a clean game both times we've played them," Cornelison said. "There have been technicals both times we have played them. We are going to try not to have any more technicals. That's probably the difference in the game. I think we are very evenly matched. They can guard our big, we can guard their bigs. I think which one overcomes that and who shoots the ball best will win."

The action starts at 4 p.m. in Prairie Grove.

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