Lady Bobcats get convincing win to start the year

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Berryville's Baylea Smith goes up for a shot in the lane in a game last year.
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Opening up the season against a Class 3A team that made it to the semifinals of the state tournament a year ago, one would expect a difficult game. That wasn't the case Wednesday night when the Berryville Lady Bobcats defeated the Greenland Lady Pirates, 53-19.

"I thought for the first game of the year, our girls came ready to play," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy, effort and when we play with that much energy and effort, we are going to be alright."

The Lady Bobcats held Greenland scoreless in the first quarter, as Berryville led 17-0. Lexy Anderson and Baylea Smith each had four points in the quarter.

"We knew their two guards were really good players," Cornelison said. "We knew we had to contain them and slow them down. I thought we did a phenomenal job in transition, which is where they really hurt Marshall (in a Greenland victory Monday night). We did a good job of contesting shots and making them take tough shots."

Kelsey Smith came off the bench in the second quarter and scored six points. Kelcee Hopper added six, too, as the Lady Bobcats took a 29-point lead into halftime. Jordan Estepp came off the bench in the second half and scored eight points. Eight girls scored for the Lady Bobcats in the 53-19 victory.

"They played like they have been practicing," Cornelison said. "We know we can play that many girls if we have foul trouble or if we just need a break. They stepped right in there and played just like they have been practicing. It didn't surprise me one bit. It was nice to see that nerves didn't bother them at all. Sometimes the first game of the year, jitters can get you, but they played fearless."

Hopper finished the game with 12 points, while Baylea Smith had nine and Anderson had nine. On Thursday, Berryville played Pea Ridge in the semifinals of the Queens of the Court Tournament.

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