Lady Bobcats win Omaha Border Tournament
The Berryville Lady Bobcats won the Omaha Border Classic Championship, defeating Omaha, 50-31 in the championship game Saturday night.
"It was a tough game," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "Omaha played their butts off. They pushed us all night long and that's what we needed. I thought that we guarded really well and took care of stuff that we were supposed to take care of defensively."
The Lady Bobcats led 24-17 going into the fourth quarter, but outscored Omaha 26-14 in the final eight minutes. Kelcee Hopper scored 13 points in the quarter and Baylea Smith had eight.
"They were down and gambling so as a result we got some easy looks," Cornelison said. "They had to gamble a little bit and force some turnovers and we handled it really well and hit the open girl."
Berryville led 5-2 at the end of the first quarter. Hannah Morrell and Hooper each made a basket. The Lady Bobcats extended that lead to 16-11 at halftime.
Cornelison is proud of the way his team played defensively.
"As long as the effort is there and the defense is there, you are going to give yourself a great chance to win," Cornelison said. "If the defense isn't there than you are so reliant on your offense. And some nights the ball just doesn't go in the hole so your defense better be there every night and we did that on Saturday."
Hopper finished the game with 20 points, while Baylea Smith scored 12 and Hannah Morrell had nine.
Lexy Anderson has been the leading scorer for Berryville early in the season. She didn't score on Saturday, yet the Lady Bobcats came away with a victory.
"Other people stepped up," Cornelison said. "We didn't have a great night offensively, but defensively we really took care of business. Little things like that, it shows that we can beat you in a multitude of ways if we stick to it and play hard."
Berryville 62, Green Forest 27
Berryville and Green Forest took their Carroll County rivalry to Omaha on Thursday, as both teams played in hopes of reaching Saturday's championship game. Berryville got the 35-point victory to advance to the championship.
"I thought that Baylea played really well," Cornelison said. "She scored 19 points and shot the three really well. We had three girls in double figures. I liked the balance of our scoring. And then anytime you can hold a team under 30 points, you feel like you have done your job."
The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first quarter and had a 35-20 lead at halftime.
Despite the loss, Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar was proud of his teams effort.
"For two and a half quarters, that is what I was looking for," Farrar said. "The only real way they scored in the second quarter was offensive rebounds. Kelcee and Hannah kept getting rebounds over my little ones and that's how they scored. I'm not in any delusion to say that we should have or could have won the game, but the outcome could have been different scorewise."
Berryville extended its lead to 46-25 going into the fourth quarter before winning by 35.
To go along with Baylea Smith's 19 points, Lexy Anderson had 11 and Hopper scored 10. Green Forest's Kelsey Phillips scored 10 points and Ashley Farrar scored nine.