Lady Bobcats beat Shiloh, earn spot in regionals

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

All of this seasons hard work came down to Monday night for the Berryville Lady Bobcats. A home victory over Shiloh Christian in the first round of the district tournament meant the Lady Bobcats would advance to the regional tournament next week in West Fork. A loss meant the end of their season. Luckily, Berryville came out ready to play and got an easy 60-27 victory.

Hannah Morrell and Jeanessa Smith led the way for the Lady Bobcats early, as the duo paired up to score all 13 points for Berryville in the first quarter. The Lady Bobcats led by eight at the end of the quarter. Kelcee Hopper contributed with five points in the second quarter as the Lady Bobcats took a 26-18 lead into halftime.

A 15-2 run to start the third quarter all but put the game out of reach for the Lady Saints. Morrell scored six of those points and Aspen Smith made a three-pointer. Berryville led 45-21 going into the fourth quarter. Lexy Anderson scored four points in the final quarter en route to the 33-point victory.

Hopper finished the game with 14 points, while Morrell had 12 and Jeanessa Smith had nine.

The Lady Bobcats (16-12) will play the winner of Gravette and Prairie Grove on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Pea Ridge 52, Berryville 33

The Berryville Bobcats made some shots on Monday evening against Pea Ridge, but not enough shots. A Cole Parton three-pointer and two free throws from Luke Sugg gave Berryville an early 5-4 lead, but Pea Ridge closed the first quarter on a 6-0 run and led 12-8.

Parton added another three-pointer in the second quarter and Kelby Howerton added four more points, as Pea Ridge led 28-15 at halftime. Brady Smith’s three-pointer in the third quarter kept Berryville within striking distance, but the Blackhawks led by 19 going into the fourth quarter.

Smith led the Bobcats with nine points and Parton had seven.

Pea Ridge will play the winner of Gravette and Gentry on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Berryville finishes the season 13-15.

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