Bobcats win; Compton hopes to see improvement

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Going into Saturday's game against Lead Hill at the Omaha Border Classic, the Berryville Bobcats were still stuffed from their Thanksgiving dinner. The Bobcats won, 65-56, but coach Brent Compton said his team is capable of playing much better.

"We played well at the beginning," Compton said. "We had as much as a 17-point lead, but we got in some foul trouble in the second quarter and that hurt us. We really were never able to put them away there in the third quarter."

Berryville had a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Brady Smith and Luke Sugg each had five points in the quarter. The Bobcats had a 35-20 lead at halftime.

"We aren't playing as well as we are capable of playing over the last couple of games," Compton said. "We just have to get in the gym and correct the mistakes."

The Bobcats led 42-37 going into the fourth quarter and with Berryville's first conference game on Tuesday at Marshall, Compton knows it's important for Berryville to have a good showing.

"They only lost one guy from last year and they are extremely good, especially at home," Compton said. "It's our first conference game, so it would be nice to start conference play with a win."

On Thursday, Berryville will play the winner of Western Grove and Jasper as part of the Omaha Border Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

"After the Marshall game it will be important for us to refocus and try to get a tournament win," Compton said. "There is some sickness going on around school and we are battling a few injuries, but we have to keep pushing through."

In Saturday's win against Lead Hill, Sugg finished with 18 points, while Webb had 16 and Kyler Kendrick had nine.

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