BV perfect no more
Berryville's perfect record is no more. The Bobcats fell to Strafford, Mo., 75-65, in the first round of the Forsyth, Mo. basketball tournament on Monday.
"We just didn't come ready to play mentally," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "I don't think they realized the competition they were getting ready to face. We got down 8-0 early against Strafford and that is just too big of a mountain to climb."
Berryville trailed 20-10 at the end of the first quarter and faced a 40-26 deficit at halftime. Compton said he was glad to see the Bobcats come out and play hard in the second half and give the Indians all they wanted.
"They came out and met the challenge," Compton said. "We had it down to six at one time. They had us down by as much as 12. Strafford seemed to have every answer. They were extremely physical. Really good athletes. They were 6-2 across the board. I would be surprised if we play anybody as good as that for a long time. They had a very good ballclub."
Berryville scored 24 points in the fourth quarter. Zach Webb and Jarrett Ray combined for 17 of those fourth-quarter points.
"I thought that Zach really brought it, especially in the first half," Compton said. "Physical play doesn't bother Zach. He thrives in situations like we were in last night. An up and down game. A lot of contact. And Jarrett hit some shots. He made five threes. We just didn't execute."
Ray finished with 24 points, while Webb had 21.
Berryville played School of the Ozarks, Mo. in the consolation semifinals on Thursday. Compton expected another challenge.
"Everybody up there seems to be extremely athletic and skilled," Compton said. "There isn't going to be an easy win. We are going to have to claw and scratch to have a chance, but that's why we are in the tournament. We are trying to get better. It's not about where we are today, it's about where we are going to be at the end of the season."