Lady Bobcats beat Blue Eye, advance to 10-0
The Berryville Lady Bobcats racked up yet another win in Tuesday's home game against Blue Eye, Mo., to improve to 10-0 on the season.
"Blue Eye was the best team that we have played to date," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "They might be the best team that we have on our schedule. They are extremely well-coached. They are extremely athletic, fast and can shoot it. They can do some stuff. They were a really hard matchup for us and a really hard test for us."
Berryville led the Lady Bulldogs 34-32 with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter, but Berryville went on an 11-5 run and led 45-37 going into the fourth quarter.
"I think our size just started to wear on them and eventually we started to get some easy looks," Cornelison said. "We always preach, win the third quarter. I feel like if you come out and win the third quarter then you come out and set the tone, which gives you a great opportunity to win the game. I thought we came out in that third quarter and spread the gap a little bit. I was really proud of the girls for doing that."
The Lady Bobcats continued to roll in the fourth quarter, as they opened on a 9-3 run and led 54-40 with 3:35 remaining in the game.
Cornelison hopes to see the Lady Bobcats unbeaten record grow.
"That is something we have talked about a little bit," Cornelison said. "We play the team in front of us. We don't look ahead, but we had this game circled as one game that we knew was going to be an extremely tough test for us. If we were 9-0, we knew it was going to be a hard one to get to 10-0. I was just proud we were able to get to 10-0 playing a quality opponent like Blue Eye."
The Lady Bulldogs led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Bobcats battled back to take a 30-26 lead at halftime. Hannah Morrell had 11 points in the first half, while Baylea Smith and Kelcee Hopper added seven each. Cornelison was glad to see the balanced scoring.
"You just can't say enough about having four girls score in double figures," Cornelison said. "It's a coach’s dream. We have girls that are capable of putting up big numbers every night and you just don't know who is going to do it. When you have that balanced attack, it's only going to make you better. If one isn't on their offensive game that night, someone else is going to step up."
Morrell finished the game with 17 points, while Hopper added 14 and Smith had 13. Lexy Anderson scored 11 points.
Blue Eye 59, Berryville 53
It was a disappointing night for the Berryville Bobcats, as they lost a six-point home game to Blue Eye, Mo., on Tuesday night.
"I felt like our kids played hard, but we didn't execute," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We were careless with the ball. We had too many unforced turnovers. We didn't have kids stepping up since we had kids out. It was a huge disappointment how we came out and played in front of our home crowd because our community came out and supported us."
The Bobcats led 44-41 going into the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run before Zach Webb's three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. Two free throws from Kyler Kendrick trimmed the lead to four with 2:30 remaining, but that is as close as the Bobcats got as Blue Eye made 5 of 6 free throws in the closing minutes of the game to seal the victory.
"We have had five games in a row where we haven't played up to our ability," Compton said. "It's just being careless and a lack of execution. What we practice has not been carried over to the game. We have the talent to win, it's just a matter of carrying practice over to the games to get the job done and right now it's not happening. We are going to get to the bottom of it. I promise you that. It may be a lot of different lineups, but we are going to find kids that want to do what it takes to win."
Berryville led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter. Jarrett Ray and Scotland Lucas each scored four points and Rayden Peaden made a three-pointer at the buzzer. Blue Eye started the second quarter on 13-3 run and led 30-29 at halftime. Lucas added six points in the second quarter and Ray had five.
Lucas and Ray each finished with 12 points, while Webb and Peaden had eight points apiece. On Friday Berryville (6-3) hosts Marshall. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.