Yellville gets the best of Bobcats

Friday, December 16, 2016

Practice time hasn't been readily available to the Berryville Bobcats recently because of the Bobcats' busy game schedule.

After Monday's road trip to Yellville-Summit resulted in a 60-48 loss, coach Brent Compton said it's important to get in the gym and work on a few things.

"We just didn't play well," Compton said. "On the road, we didn't handle the ball well. We had some turnovers that cost us. We got in foul trouble. We just didn't make good decisions offensively or defensively. They are a team that is really athletic and long. Their athleticism gave us trouble."

Berryville trailed 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, but battled back to tie the game at 26 at halftime. Zach Webb, Cole Parton and Kyler Kendrick each made a three-pointer in the second quarter.

"We are in a bit of a funk right now," Compton said. "Especially on the road, and we have been on the road for a while. We can hopefully use these next few days to get a little better."

Berryville was outscored 12-8 in the third quarter and free throws by the Panthers in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for Berryville.

"We had to foul and they made their free throws," Compton said. "We didn't make any shots and they made their free throws."

Compton said there are many things the Bobcats will be able to work on during practice.

"We have plenty of deficiencies right now," Compton said. "We have to work on our decision-making and get better defensively. There isn't just one thing. Thankfully we have more days to practice than we have games over the next few weeks so hopefully we can make some strides."

Ty Allen finished the game with 12 points, while Parton had 11 and Kendrick had nine. On Friday, the Bobcats host Bergman. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Yellville-Summit 38, Berryville 31

Things didn't go much better for the Lady Bobcats at Yellville-Summit on Monday, as they were once again without Baylea Smith and Hannah Morrell. Even without Smith and Morrell, Berryville still had a chance to win the game, but mistakes late in the game cost the Lady Bobcats.

"We had a lead late and we turned the ball over with under two minutes to go," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We got beat. We just didn't take care of the basketball late in the game. When you don't take care of the basketball late in games, a lot of times you will get beat and that's what happened. We have to do a better job taking care of the basketball game."

The Lady Bobcats struggled to score in the first quarter, but they led 6-5 going into the second quarter. Kelcee Hopper scored four points in the second quarter and Berryville was tied at 16 with the Lady Panthers going into halftime. McKayla Hussey had two three-pointers in the third quarter and another in the fourth. Cornelison credits her for keeping the Lady Bobcats in the game. He also said Hussey has improved since the season began.

"McKayla Hussey played real well," Cornelison said. "She carried us in the second half. I am very proud of that young lady. She did a lot of good things for us in the second half. She has played pretty solid for us in the last week and a half. I've been very encouraged by what I have seen from her."

Hussey led Berryville in scoring with 12 points, while Hopper had six and Lexy Anderson had five.

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