Bobcats roll to easy win after tough loss to Blue Eye
The Berryville Bobcats followed up Tuesday's disappointing performance with a 60-44 home victory against Marshall on Friday.
"I feel like our kids played better than we did on Tuesday," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "I thought we executed a little bit better. We still have a few things that we can improve on, but I thought I saw a great improvement and that was good to see."
Marshall led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, but a solid defensive effort in the second quarter enabled Berryville to take a 30-26 lead at halftime. Jarrett Ray had 11 points in the first half for Berryville and finished with 18.
"We hit a stalemate," Compton said. "We just weren't playing very well for four or five games and we had two days of practice and the kids made the most of it. They were really focused. There were a lot of things they improved on, which is encouraging and hopefully we can continue to build on that and get better in some of our deficiencies."
Berryville (7-3) extended its lead to 45-38 going into the fourth quarter. Zach Webb was a big part of that, as he scored eight points in the third quarter and finished with 22.
"I thought that both of those guys played really well, but Kyler Kendrick also did an outstanding job on the boards," Compton said. "He had to have had double-digit rebounds. Defensively, he probably played his best game. He did a lot of little things that make the difference. Zach and Jarrett did a lot of the scoring, but I thought Kyler did a lot of the things it takes to win ballgames."
On Tuesday, Berryville hosts Yellville-Summit. The Bobcats travel to Bergman on Friday.
Berryville 54, Marshall 24
Berryville never gave Marshall a chance Friday night.
"They came out in the first quarter on the first possession and tried to hold the ball and not let us play," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We had to keep them from doing that, so we came out and pressed them and jumped on them and took over the first quarter. Outscored them 21-3."
Berryville had a 27-5 lead at halftime and Cornelison said it was good seeing his team come out and play so strong early.
"We want to start a game strong," Cornelison said. "We want to play strong, fast and aggressive. Marshall tried not to let us, but it was good to see the girls not allow that to happen."
Cornelison said that he hopes Berryville (11-0) is able to go into the semester break on a high note.
"We want to stay focused and finish the first half of the season strong," Cornelison said. "We would love to go into the break on a high note, but we understand that we have two tough tests ahead of us. Especially going to Bergman Friday night is going to be tough. They beat us over at their place last year, so we are going to have to be ready to play."
Baylea Smith finished the game with 20 points, while Hannah Morrell had 12 and Kelcee Hopper had 10.