Ray makes three-pointer late to give Bobcats win

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Berryville's Jarrett Ray shoots the game-winning three-pointer Tuesday against Yellville-Summit.
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There was plenty of excitement to be had at Bobcat Arena Tuesday night as the Berryville Bobcats escaped with a 49-47 victory over the Yellville-Summit Panthers.

Jarrett Ray made a three-pointer from NBA range on the left wing with eight seconds remaining to give Berryville a two-point lead. A Yellville-Summit three-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.

Ray finished with 22 points.

"Jarrett shot the ball extremely well," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "He was shooting them from all over the court. He has the capability of making a lot of shots from all over the court and last night he did that and we needed every one of them to get out of there with a two-point win."

A three-pointer from Aaron Cisco gave Berryville a 43-39 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but a 7-foot jumper from Yellville-Summit followed by a three-pointer gave the Panthers a 44-43 lead. A Yellville-Summit free throw extended the lead to two. Ray made a three-pointer for the Bobcats to give Berryville a 46-45 lead. A basket by Yellville-Summit set up the exciting finish.

Berryville raced out to an early 17-10 lead, thanks in large part to Jarrett Ray's 11 first-quarter points. The Panthers scored nine consecutive points, though, to take a 19-17 lead midway through the second quarter. The two teams exchanged baskets until halftime when Yellville-Summit led, 26-25.

Compton is proud of the Bobcats for competing and getting the win, but he knows Berryville must play better moving forward.

"I'm proud of our kids for hanging in there and doing what it takes to win the game," Compton said. "We didn't perform well. I think anyone who watched the game would agree with that. We are just kind of out of sync right now."

Baskets by Cisco, Scotland Lucas and Kyler Kendrick kept the Bobcats close in the third quarter, and Rayden Peden's three-pointer at the buzzer gave Berryville a 36-35 lead going into the final quarter.

"That was a huge shot to end the quarter," Compton said. "It was a step-back three. He made a great move to create the opening. Rayden is a kid that works really hard and is a really good kid that does everything you tell him to do. I was glad to see him make that shot. I think it will give him some confidence. We have a lot of kids that are capable of helping us on the varsity team and he is one of them."

To go with Ray's 22 points, Kendrick finished with eight and Cisco had six. Berryville (8-3) travels to Bergman on Friday.

"Bergman started the season a little bit slow," Compton said. "They are playing a lot of sophomores. But they are playing very well as of late. They are very competitive and have won some games here over the last two or three weeks. They are quick and athletic. Especially at their place, if we aren't focused, they will give us serious trouble."

Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Girls

Berryville 64, Yellville-Summit 24

The Berryville Lady Bobcats failed to deliver the same exciting finish as the boys in Tuesday night's game at Bobcat Arena, but the performance was even more remarkable, as Berryville beat the Lady Panthers by 40 points.

"We stepped on the floor ready to go," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I was proud of how we moved the basketball. I was proud of how we executed our transition last night. It was good to see our guards step out there and shoot the ball with confidence as well. Little things like that, we need to improve on and it was nice to see some improvement in those areas."

Berryville jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the first quarter. Baylea Smith scored nine points and Lexy Anderson had six. Aspen scored six points in the second quarter. Berryville made four three-pointers in the first half and finished the game with eight made three-pointers.

"Aspen hit two of them and Baylea hit five," Cornelison said. "Our guards can shoot the ball, we just don't ask them to do it a lot. It's something we are putting a little more emphasis on so they will be prepared when they are in games when they have to shoot it."

Berryville led 53-20 when Cecilia Doss made a three-pointer to close the third quarter. Berryville's Alexis Steele opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 62-20 lead.

"Alexis is a hard worker," Cornelison said. "Every day in practice she makes us better. She does exactly what she does in practice out there on the floor last night. She is a high-motor kid who provides a lot of energy for us. She played a solid fourth quarter. I was really proud of her."

Baylea Smith finished the game with 21 points, while Anderson had 12 and Hannah Morrell had eight.

Berryville (12-0) travels to Bergman on Friday.

“Undefeated is undefeated," Cornelison said. "We don't stress about that, we just worry about the team right in front of us and we want to go 1-0 Friday night. That's our motto. You start worrying about too many things and you get distracted on what's important and that's the game in front of you. Our focus is Bergman. We would like to take care of business there. As long as we take care of business there, the rest of it takes care of itself."

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