Bobcats get win on opening night
There is no better way to start the season than by getting a convincing victory in front of your hometown fans. That is what the Berryville Bobcats were able to do Tuesday evening in a 70-47 win over the Lincoln Wolves.
"I was very pleased with the outcome," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "This is the first game that counts. I feel like we came out strong and played well."
Cole Parton made two three-pointers in the first quarter and Ty Allen made one as well. That helped get the Bobcats out to a 15-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Berryville lead was extended to 36-21 at halftime. Sophomore point guard Zach Webb had eight points in the second quarter.
"He did a great job of finding teammates when they were open," Compton said. "It's a great way to start things off for him. He did exactly what you want from the point guard spot."
The Bobcats never let up, as they led 54-37 going into the fourth quarter. Berryville finished the game with 12 three-pointers. Compton said when the Bobcats are doing that, they are capable of winning a lot of games, but the win against Lincoln was important for more than one reason.
"You want your team to win your opener, but this is also a district opponent so this game will matter come seeding time at the district tournament," Compton said.
Webb finished the game with 19 points, while Allen had 16 and Parton had 11.
On Friday, Berryville travels to Ozark. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Berryville 40, Lincoln 13
The Lady Bobcats were built on defense last season. If Tuesday's win against Lincoln was any indication, that is the way this season will be, as well.
"I thought our kids played real aggressively defensively," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I thought we made a lot of good reads defensively."
Seven of Lincoln's points came in the first quarter, but the Lady Bobcats led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. That lead was extended to 25-10 at halftime. Jeanessa Smith had nine first half points and Baylea Smith had eight.
"Offensively, we went down and executed the offense and got a good look," Cornelison said. "A lot of times when we got a good look, we made it."
The Lady Bobcats held Lincoln scoreless in the third quarter and had a 31-10 lead going into the final quarter. Cornelison hopes the Lady Bobcats can sustain this defensive intensity throughout the entire season.
"When you control the defensive side of the ball, you have a chance to win every night," Cornelison said. "You don't have to have your best offensive performance every night when you guard and we did a really good job defensively of taking them out of their offensive rhythm. If we continue to do that night in and night out, it will give us a really good chance to win."
Baylea Smith finished the game with 15 points, while Hannah Morrell had 10 and Jeanessa Smith had nine.