Bobcats open season by beating district opponents
The Berryville Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start after winning at Lincoln, 77-61, on Tuesday.
"It was a big game," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We are starting the season with crucial games in terms of playing games that will have seeding implications for the district tournament. Now we have two good wins to start the season."
Berryville jumped out to a 22-14 lead in the first quarter, as Scotland Lucas scored 10 points in the quarter and Ty Allen added nine. Allen finished the game with 25 points and three other players scored in double figures.
"We are a tough matchup offensively," Compton said. "We have multiple guys that can put it in the basket and throughout this season, our guys are beginning to understand that there will be a guy here or there that has a big game. And that could be someone different every night. That's the kind of team we have. And our guys are good about sharing the ball. They have a team attitude. They wish each of their teammates well and cheer for each other."
Berryville built a 47-26 lead going into halftime and never looked back. To go with Allen's 25 points, Jarrett Ray scored 14, while Zack Webb had 13 and Lucas added 10. On Friday, Berryville plays host to Eureka Springs and Compton knows the Highlanders will be a challenge for his team.
"Eureka Springs is a really good basketball team," Compton said. "The person that stands out first and foremost is (Garrett) Cross. He is a great player. He has some length. He can really score offensively. They are a team that is really going to test us. They are very well-coached. I don't know how many games they have played, but they have quite a few games under their belt. It should be a great game. I hope we have a good crowd here to enjoy a really good basketball game."
Berryville 65, Lincoln 35
Beating a district opponent on the road by 30 points is a good way to follow up Saturday's Queens of the Court championship win.
"We jumped on them early," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I think we were up 9-0 and just built on it slowly from there as the game progressed. It was a solid performance."
Berryville led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter and took a 32-17 lead into halftime. Cornelison said it was nice being able to defeat Lincoln so early in the season.
"Seeding is so important that you don't want to slip up and give people ammo against you," Cornelison said. "You want to go out and take care of business so that come district seeding time, you have these wins to fall back on."
Berryville led 46-25 going into the fourth quarter before going on to get the 30-point victory. Kelcee Hopper scored 14 points, while Lexy Anderson and Baylea Smith had 13 and Hannah Morrell had 12.
"Balanced scoring is what we have had so far and that makes it nice because it really makes teams tough to guard us," Cornelison said.
Tipoff against Eureka Springs is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.