Lady Bobcats suffer 1st loss of year
The Berryville Lady Bobcats are undefeated no more. Pocahontas, the defending Class 4A state champions, defeated Berryville 47-36 in the semifinals of the Holiday Hoops Tournament.
"We just didn't show up ready to play," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We didn't show up ready to play defensively. We gave up too many easy opportunities around the rim. Offensively, we stood and watched them guard us."
Berryville's Lexy Anderson started the game by making a three-pointer. A basket by Kelcee Hopper gave the Lady Bobcats an early 5-2 lead, but the Lady Redskins went on a 10-0 run and led 12-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Anderson started the second quarter with a three-pointer, but Pocahontas then went on a 14-5 run and led 26-13 at halftime.
"When you don't show up offensively or defensively, you are going to get beat," Cornelison said. "We didn't show up on either end of the floor that night. Hopefully that serves as a wake-up call that we have to play on both ends of the floor and we have to play at a high level."
Berryville never got anything going in the second half. Hopper had a three-point play in the third quarter, but Pocahontas led 36-21 going into the fourth quarter. Cornelison believes his team will learn from the loss.
“We haven't played as well as we are capable of playing for about four or five games in a row," Cornelison said. "We have to get back to playing and guarding and defending with great effort on both ends of the floor. When we get back to that, great things are going to start happening again."
Berryville 49, Jasper 30
After being beaten in last year's Holiday Hoops semifinal matchup, the Lady Bobcats also lost the third-place game. Cornelison was glad the same thing didn't happen this year.
"It was nice to see us step out on the floor against a really good Jasper team and respond," Cornelison said. "Our defensive effort was better and offensively, we hit a lot of big shots. Aspen Smith hit three big threes for us. Baylea hit some big shots for us. But it started defensively. We made a lot better effort to guard with a little more of a purpose than we did the night before."