Bobcats get double-overtime win over Huntsville
The Berryville Bobcats got a thrilling 58-49 double-overtime victory over Huntsville on homecoming Friday night.
Berryville trailed 38-36 with seven seconds remaining in regulation when Ty Allen made a 5-foot jumper to tie the score at 38-38 and send the game into overtime.
Another basket from Ty Allen gave Berryville 40-39 one minute into the first overtime, but the Eagles scored four consecutive points to take a 43-40 lead with less than a minute remaining. Brady Smith was fouled and made both free throws. Zach Webb stole the ensuing inbound pass and was fouled as well. Webb also made both free throws to give Berryville a one-point lead with 34 seconds remaining. Ty Allen stole a Huntsville pass and Webb was fouled with nine seconds left. Webb made both foul shots to put Berryville up 46-43, but Huntsville's Clay Siegrist made a three-pointer with three seconds left to send the game into a second overtime. After the teams exchanged baskets in the second overtime period, the Bobcats went 9 of 10 from the free-throw line to get the nine point victory.
"Our kids were dialed in and focused from the free-throw line in that final overtime, but in the game we went 19 of 20," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "That's excellent. That is exactly what you have to do to win a close ball game. I'm really proud of the way we finished and the way we executed late in the overtime. I think our depth probably hurt them as the game went along."
The Bobcats beat Huntsville 55-29 in the championship game of the Holiday Hoops tournament earlier this season. Compton wasn't surprised this was a more competitive game, though.
"Our team is built to play multiple days in a row," Compton said. "We can play 10 or 11 guys as to where they don't play as many guys. I think they were a little bit tired. And then the pace of the game was way different from the first time we played them. This time we got caught up in a slow, methodical game, which is their pace. They created pace and tempo, which took us out of rhythm and it made us play a half court game, and they are a great defensive team in the half court."
Huntsville led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. Ty Allen and Webb combined for all of Berryville's points.
A three-pointer from Webb and a basket from Ty Allen gave Berryville an early second quarter lead, but the Eagles went on an 8-0 run before Berryville's Cody Allen made a three-pointer and a basket at the halftime buzzer. Huntsville led 21-20 at halftime.
"Cody Allen hit some big shots there to end the half, but defensively he did a good job not only on the perimeter, but at the end of the game we went to a smaller lineup," Compton said. "Cody Allen defended their post player and did a tremendous job."
Huntsville extended its lead to six on two occasions in the third quarter, but Compton was glad to see the Bobcats fight back each time they were faced with adversity.
"We very easily could have felt sorry for ourselves and not fought back," Compton said. "But our kids were resilient. They showed a lot of character by hanging in there."
With Huntsville leading 37-34 with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Webb made two free throws to trim the lead to one. Huntsville made 1 of 4 foul shots down the stretch to set up the dramatic ending.
Compton said this was a big win for his team.
"Huntsville is in our district," Compton said. "They are a team that we have beaten twice now, once in the conference. It's not going to be easy going to their place and getting a third win, especially a team that is as well-coached and as good as they are. For us to do what we have done to this point, I'm very pleased."
Ty Allen finished with 26 points and Webb had 16.
Berryville 44, Huntsville 30
The Berryville Lady Bobcats got an impressive 14-point victory against Huntsville to close out Friday evening's homecoming festivities at Bobcat Arena.
"Anytime you play Huntsville, you know it's going to be a hard-fought contest," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We expected nothing different than what we got. They are obviously well-coached. Tough, competitive, they defend well. We knew it was going to be tough, but we hung in there and made the plays when we had to."
Baylea Smith started the game by making a three-pointer for the Lady Bobcats and Aspen Smith added one later on in the quarter. Berryville led 12-6 at the end of the first. Cornelison was glad the Lady Bobcats played so well on the defensive end throughout the game.
"Their two guards is what you have to key on," Cornelison said. "(Makayla) Watkins, their point guard, she can shoot it, she can drive it on you and she can handle it. Being able to contain her was big. And then Maci Campbell, she is probably one of the better shooters in the area. We did a good job of containing both of them and that's the key to being successful against Huntsville."
Kelcee Hopper scored five points in the second quarter as Berryville took an 18-15 lead into halftime. There were plenty of distractions surrounding the game because of the homecoming festivities and Cornelison was relieved the Lady Bobcats came ready to play.
"The girls understand the homecoming side of it and that's a big part of it, but they also understand that we have a basketball game to play," Cornelison said. "They do a real good job of separating that. It was nice seeing us come out focused and ready to go."
The Lady Bobcats led 28-22 going into the fourth quarter and extended the lead to as much as 16 in the final quarter. Cornelison was happy to see his team finish the game strong.
"I don't know if we wore them down or what the deal was, but our post players really came to play in the fourth quarter," Cornelison said. "When they come to play, they make us a lot better. I thought Hannah Morrell played outstanding Friday night. It was probably one of her better games of the year."
Morrell led Berryville in scoring with 20 points, while Baylea Smith and Kelcee Hopper each had seven.
On Tuesday, Berryville travels to Green Forest. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.