BV escapes with win to stay perfect
In order for the Berryville Bobcats to keep their perfect record intact, they had to cross the border and beat Cassville, Mo., on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Berryville escaped with a 59-57 win.
"It was an understatement to say that we started slow," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We had played Friday, Monday and hadn't practiced any. We had just been playing. I hope that is the reason we came out like we did, coupled with the fact that it was a little different environment for us. It was a gym we had never been in before. We just didn't play well."
Berryville led 58-57 with 17 seconds remaining when the Wildcats called a timeout and held for the last shot of the game. The shot fell short and Berryville's Aaron Cisco rebounded the ball and was fouled with 0.5 seconds remaining. Cisco made his first free throw and missed the second to secure the two-point victory.
"We live and die by the three and when they aren't going in, we are going to struggle," Compton said. "Cassville was a real athletic team. A team we couldn't press that much; especially after playing the night before, I wasn't sure if we had the legs to do it for four quarters. It made for a rough night, but the good thing about it is the kids kept battling and hung in there to squeak out a close one."
Cassville led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter, as Derek Christy scored nine points for the Wildcats in the quarter. Berryville's Kyler Kendrick scored eight points in the second quarter as the Bobcats cut the halftime lead to 32-25. Jarrett Ray added eight more points in the third quarter as Berryville tied the game at 41-41 going into the fourth quarter. Zach Webb had seven points in the fourth quarter to help give Berryville the win. Webb led the Bobcats with 17 points, while Kendrick added 11. Ray and Cisco each scored 10. The Bobcats are taking part in the Forsyth, Mo., Tournament this week. Berryville is the only school from Arkansas competing, so Compton said he looks forward to seeing different competition.
"This tournament has some very solid teams in it," Compton said. "Strafford is who we play first (on Monday) and they are a very well-coached team. I have known coach Mike Wilson for a very long time and he does a great job. It's going to be a challenge, but that's why we put it on the schedule. We are going to go up there and play some good teams night in and night out. We might be 5-0 now, but we are going to find out what we are made of this week."