3-point barrage lifts Bobcats to win at Bergman

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Berryville Bobcats were sharpshooters on Tuesday evening, as they connected on 17 three-pointers at Bergman. That is a season high and very well could be an all-time record. Most importantly, Berryville got a 79-49 road win, its first of the season.

"The kids really came to play last night," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "It was our first true road win. They came out in the first quarter and played with the intensity and focus that you have to play with to win on the road. They shot the ball as well as any team that I have been a part of in 20 years."

The Bobcats jumped on Bergman early, leading 23-12 at the end of the first quarter. Zack Webb had 10 points in the quarter and Cole Parton had eight. Ty Allen scored six.

Compton knows winning on the road was important for his team. The Bobcats face another road game on Friday night at Valley Springs.

"It's huge for our kids to gain confidence, to believe that we can do it," Compton said. "Now we can build on that. Going into a tough environment, with Valley Springs. That's a tough place to play. They are a good basketball team. It took three overtimes to beat them at our place. We have won three games in a row. We are building some steam here. If we can just keep it going, it feels like we are getting better, looks like we are getting better. I like what we are doing right now."

Berryville led 42-21 at halftime and had a 62-42 lead going into the third quarter. Parton had 20 points through three quarters, while Webb had 14 and Kyler Kendrick had 13.

Compton is glad to see the number of players getting involved offensively.

"We had three in double figures and Brady (Smith) had eight," Compton said. "When you have to guard multiple players, it makes you pretty dangerous, especially come tournament time. We have had teams where we have had one offensive weapon, maybe two. But this team has multiple offensive weapons and when they are all playing well, it makes us dangerous."

On Friday, Berryville travels to Valley Springs. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Bergman 50, Berryville 39

In order to win games, teams must play a full 32 minutes. The Berryville Lady Bobcats decided to take a few minutes off on Tuesday evening and it cost them the game.

"We started the game strong," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "Our post players did a good job. Our offensive execution was good. And then we had about a 10-minute stretch where we couldn't do anything. We have to eliminate that."

The Lady Bobcats trailed 34-27 going into the fourth quarter. They fell behind by 10, but climbed back into it before the game was over.

"We closed it to within one, but we failed to score," Cornelison said. "We had opportunities, we just couldn't take advantage of those opportunities. It was a one- or two-point game all the way up until the final minute of the game when we had to start fouling."

Bergman led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and had a 22-15 lead at halftime.

Cornelison hopes the Lady Bobcats can learn from this loss.

"Bergman is a pretty good team," Cornelison said. "We just have to figure out how to win close games. We have to be mentally tougher and we have to worry about getting the great look, not the good look."

While his team lost the game, Cornelison is proud of the way his team battled until the very end.

"We got down, but I liked the way we pushed and pressed forward," Cornelison said. "We had the chance to take the lead multiple times, we just didn't. We are never out of a game and that's a testament to how hard these girls work."

As the Lady Bobcats prepare for Valley Springs on Friday, Cornelison admits the schedule doesn't get any easier, but he hopes it prepares them for what lies ahead.

"Our schedule has been tough," Cornelison said. "We haven't been able to get on a run. You have to be dialed in every night. Hopefully our schedule will prepare us for the district tournament and beyond. If we play as well as I think we are capable of playing, I think we can beat anybody."

Aspen Smith finished the game with 11 points, while Baylea Smith had nine and Hannah Morrell had eight.

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