BV bounces back with Valley Springs win

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Berryville Lady Bobcats took care of business Tuesday evening, getting a 41-39 victory at Valley Springs.

"It was a hard-fought win," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "Anytime you go to Valley and beat them, it's a good night. I was really proud of the outcome."

With the game tied at 39-39, Berryville's Baylea Smith missed a three-pointer, but Hannah Morrell got the rebound and made a shot with two seconds remaining to win the game.

Berryville (16-1) and Valley Springs were tied at 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Bobcats outscored Valley Springs 15-5 in the second quarter to take a 27-17 lead into halftime. Morrell, McKayla Hussey, Lexy Anderson and Kelcee Hopper all had six points in the half.

The Lady Tigers outscored Berryville 15-1 in the third quarter to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter. Cornelison wasn't pleased with the way his team came out and played in the second half after holding the 10-point halftime lead.

"We just came out real flat in the third quarter for whatever reason," Cornelison said. "Typically in the past, we have had really solid third quarters. We talk about it all the time. For whatever reason, we just came out flat, especially on offense. A lot of times when you come out flat offensively, it bleeds over to your defense a little bit. We were able to step up our defensive effort in the fourth quarter and got some more opportunities to score based on that."

Berryville was five of six from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and Morrell scored six points to help get the comeback victory.

"The one game we lost this year, we couldn't overcome the deficit we dug ourselves into," Cornelison said. "It was nice to see them respond and dig themselves out of that on the road against a really good team."

Morrell finished with 12 points, while Hopper added 11 and Anderson had seven.

Valley Springs 83, Berryville 81

The Berryville Bobcats lost a two-point game in overtime on the road with three starters fouled out. Coach Brent Compton was disappointed with the loss, but said he was proud of the effort his team showed throughout the night.

"The kids played really hard, we just didn't execute well and consistently throughout the game," Compton said. "We had missed assignments, committed 18 turnovers. Many of which were unforced. Our effort was great, we just didn't execute when it counted."

The game was tied at 72-72 going into overtime and despite playing with three starters on the bench, the Bobcats got out to a 77-73 lead. Turnovers and poor execution enabled the Tigers to make the comeback, though. Valley Springs’ Dalton Audeoud was 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the overtime period and the team was 9 of 11.

"We were just pressing at times and made some mistakes," Compton said.

Berryville got off to a strong start, leading 25-19 at the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats led 35-34 at halftime. Jarrett Ray had nine points in the first half, all on three-pointers and Cody Allen had six, also all coming on three-pointers.

"We started strong there in the first quarter by getting that 25-19 lead, but foul trouble is what hurt us in the second quarter," Compton said.

Berryville took a 53-47 lead into the fourth quarter. Ty Allen finished with 23 points, while Ray added 19 and Zach Webb finished with 16. On Friday, Berryville travels to Eureka Springs.

"Eureka has a good ballclub," Compton said. "They are vey well-coached. It's going to be a tough task for sure. We have to find a way to play better on the road. Offensively, we played well last night, but defense was the difference. My goal is going to get our defense to travel. If we can do that, we will be in good shape."

Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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