Allen's return gives BV spark; Lady Bobcats 13-0

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Berryville Bobcats scored 85 points and had five players score in double figures Friday night en route to an 85-44 victory at Bergman. Ty Allen returned to the lineup after missing four games and scored 15 points.

"It just changes the dynamics of our team having him back out there," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We didn't look like the same team that we had been from the past couple of games."

Compton was glad to see the Bobcats come out ready to play, as Berryville led 23-9 at the end of the first quarter.

"Our kids were mentally focused and came ready to play," Compton said. "They executed our game plan on both sides of the floor."

Despite getting in foul trouble in the second quarter, Berryville still held a 42-23 lead at halftime. The Bobcats scored 32 points in the third quarter to all but end the game. Berryville led 74-40 going into the fourth quarter.

"We just looked totally different," Compton said. "Our kids really responded and played well from start to finish."

Zach Webb led the Bobcats with 18 points, while Allen and Lucas each had 15. Kyler Kendrick scored 12 points and Tyler Payne had 10. The Bobcats (9-3) play at Hollister, Mo. on Tuesday to close out the semester.

"We want to go into the break with some positive momentum and we have the chance to do that," Compton said. "We are going on the road and that's always tough. Going to another state, you never know what you are getting into with the environment. But we sure hope to play well and get some momentum heading into the break and get ready for our holiday tournament."

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Berryville 57, Bergman 36

Friday's 21-point win at Bergman gave the Lady Bobcats a perfect 13-0 record for the first half of the season.

"That is something that was on our mind going into the game," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We try not to put too much pressure on ourselves. We try to take it one game at a time, but we knew winning this game meant something to them. And they took that to heart. It's nice to finish off the first half of the season 13-0. You always kind of dream of winning every game in front of you. And rarely does it happen, but this group of girls is focused, motivated and they come ready to play every night. When we do that, we are going to be tough to beat."

The Lady Bobcats put the game out of reach quickly, as the Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter.

"The defense just stepped up and played like they needed to," Cornelison said. "When we play defense the way we are capable of playing, teams are going to have a hard time beating us. I thought defensively, especially in the first half, we really took control of the game."

Aspen Smith made three three-pointers for the Lady Bobcats as Berryville took a 26-9 lead into halftime. Kelcee Hopper added 10 points in the first half as well and finished with 17.

"It was a really solid performance from those two, especially the first half," Cornelison said. "They set the tone for us offensively and then of course our defense really kept them off balance."

Berryville led 38-21 going into the fourth quarter. Berryville lost at Bergman last year and the Lady Panthers also beat the Lady Bobcats in the Holiday Tournament a year ago. Cornelison said it was nice being able to avenge that road loss from a year ago.

"That was something that we were all aware of," Cornelison said. "It left a bad taste in our mouth. We talked about it. The girls were ready to play that game and they stepped on that floor ready to play. They weren't going to let that same situation happen. I was really proud of their focus, especially early."

To go along with Hopper's 17 points, Lexy Anderson scored 13 and Smith had 10. Kelsey Smith scored six points in the final quarter.

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