Lady Bobcats keep rolling along

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Berryville's Baylea Smith launches a three-pointer in a game earlier this season.
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The Berryville Lady Bobcats knew they were in for a test Tuesday night when they hosted the Harrison Lady Goblins. Berryville passed that test, winning 47-34.

"Harrison is a well-coached team," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "They are a good ballclub and it was good to see us get a victory over them."

The Lady Goblins led Berryville 12-6 at the end of the first quarter and Kelcee Hopper was the only Lady Bobcat to make a basket in the quarter.

"I think their guard physicality gave us some problems early," Cornelison said. "I don't think we have faced that yet and it just knocked us off balance for a little bit. Once we figured out that we were faster than them, and we didn't have to wrestle with them, then we were fine."

Berryville outscored Harrison 23-4 in the second quarter with Lexy Anderson scored 10 points. Cornelison was glad to see the Lady Bobcats respond from the early adversity.

"At the end of the first quarter, we were going through the adjustments that we had to make and you could tell that they weren't happy with their effort and execution in the first quarter," Cornelison said. "They were going to fix it and they played really well in that second quarter."

Berryville led 36-26 going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Bobcats led by as much as 18 in the final quarter before getting the victory. Anderson finished the game with 17 points, while Baylea Smith and Hopper each had 10 and Hannah Morrell scored seven.

Berryville 76, Kingston 46

The Berryville Lady Bobcats got a convincing 30-point victory in the first round of the Omaha Border Classic on Monday evening. Berryville raced out to a 29-12 lead at the end of the first quarter to put things out of reach early. Cornelison was glad to see that.

"We rested our starters because of our game with Harrison," Cornelison said. "We played them again in the third quarter and outscored them 23-8."

Anderson led the Lady Bobcats with 19 points, while Smith scored 18 and Hopper had 12.

On Thursday, the Lady Bobcats played Green Forest in the semifinals of the Omaha Border Classic.

"It's always a big game when you play Green Forest," Cornelison said. "It's a game we want to win, it's a game they want to win. It's going to be a fun game and I hope we come ready to play."

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