BV's Teague selected for Arkansas All-Star game

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Berryville Lady Bobcat basketball team dressed seven players this season, three of whom were freshman. Two of those freshman started and the other played a significant role in the Lady Bobcats making it to the 4A state tournament semifinals. The lone senior, Ally Teague, was all that was left from a team that graduated five seniors and made it to the first round of the regional tournament a year ago. While basketball is a team sport, Teague's attitude and on-court play were the main reason the Lady Bobcats got as far as they did this year and as a result of her hard work, Teague has been selected to play in the 2016 Arkansas Activities Association All-Star game at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway this summer.

"She is one of the top 30 seniors in the state," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "She was voted the number one player in our conference and then to get this honor on top of that is icing on the cake for her."

This award didn't come easy for Teague, however. It didn't necessarily show in the record, but Cornelison and Teague both admit that their season got off to a rough start.

"We hadn't ever played with each other, but we got to knowing each other more and that really helped as the season went along," Teague said.

Last year, Teague had seniors such as Hannah Noble and Aleksei Smith she was able to look up to. This year, everyone was looking up to her, but she felt comfortable with that.

"It was a different dynamic," Teague said. "I think we enjoyed each other more than last year and we communicated better. Last year, there were multiple seniors and we tried to look up to all of them, but this year it was just me and I was doing my best to be a good role model so they could improve at basketball."

Teague said as a result of that communication, they were able to get better throughout district play and into the district tournament.

"It was kind of a blur, because we needed to win in the district tournament just to get to regionals," Teague said. "After we got that one win, we played Huntsville, which was our hardest game, but we knew we wanted to be in a good spot come regionals. We all played really well and got the win."

Once Teague made it to regionals, she put extra pressure on herself because she wanted her teammates to have the feeling of what is what like of making it state, like she did her sophomore season.

"We were going up against a team we hadn't ever played before and that was different," Teague said. "We all knew what we had to do, but it was very nerve-wracking."

Teague said things didn't go how they wanted to at the state tournament, but she had a great time regardless.

"It was so much fun, just being with all the girls," Teague said. "We got closer. We knew we had to win or it would be over, and when the game was over it was very sad, but I knew we put forth all our effort and that's all that matters."

Teague also played volleyball this year. After her season ended, she decided to go run the state cross country meet. Not only did she run it, but her time was good enough to help the team place. This was after very little practice with the team.

"They asked me in the middle of volleyball season if I would help and I didn't want to let them down because I knew how hard they had all worked," Teague said. "I didn't go to many practices because it interfered with volleyball, so I would just try and run on my own and get better. I was taller than just about every other kid running, though, so I really enjoyed that. It was a different environment from basketball or volleyball."

Cornelison said this goes to show how hard of a worker Teague is.

"She has tremendous heart and on top of that she is a phenomenal athlete," Cornelison said. "She is gifted in so many ways. I think if you want a person that solidifies what it takes to be a Lady Bobcat, I think Ally Teague would have to be at the top of that list."

Teague plans to attend John Brown University in the fall and play basketball. She wants to major in accounting.

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