BV unable to finish at Yellville-Summit
Friday was a tough night for the Berryville Bobcats, as they traveled to Yellville-Summit and lost, 54-49.
"We had them on the ropes, we just couldn't make the plays to win the game," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We have been on both sides of that this year. Most of the time we have done what it has taken to win, but playing close on the road, most times it's not going to work out for you."
Compton said the Bobcats got out to a good start, as they led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, but foul trouble cost Berryville in the second quarter. Despite that, Berryville led 26-24 at halftime.
"We went into halftime feeling pretty good, honestly, because we didn't feel like we played very good and yet we had the lead," Compton said.
The Bobcats only scored eight points in the third quarter, and Yellville-Summit took a 39-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
"We got behind, but our kids never gave in," Compton said. "We pressed the entire fourth quarter and forced some turnovers, but it seemed like every time we got a turnover we would miss an easy shot. We just couldn't get over the hump late."
Four players scored in double figures for Yellville-Summit. Jarrett Ray led Berryville with 16 points and Ty Allen added 11. Compton said the Panthers did a good job both offensively and defensively.
"Yellville is a good team," Compton said. "They are big and athletic. They have good players. They put it together against us. We just didn't play well on either side of the ball. We have had times where we didn't play well on the road. Yellville was no different. They switched defenses up on us quite a bit. We just didn't execute as well as we should have."
Berryville will play three games in five days, starting Tuesday with a home game against Bergman. Compton said it's important for the Bobcats to get back on the right track.
"We have to get back in the gym and get some things shored up," Compton said. "I think the boys have six more games before the district tournament so the boys need to finish strong in order to get a good seed heading into the district tournament."
Berryville 59, Yellville-Summit 32
The Berryville Lady Bobcats got out to a strong start in Friday night's game at Yellville-Summit and never looked back.
"We took control early, which is what we wanted to do," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "You go on the road and give them a little bit of hope, and they will beat you. It's always tough on the road. The girls stepped on the floor ready to play and took care of business. It was nice to see that."
Berryville jumped out to a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 40-13 lead into halftime.Berryville led 55-25 going into the fourth quarter.
Berryville's Baylea Smith finished with 12 points, while Hannah Morrell, Kelcee Hopper and Lexy Anderson all had 10.
Berryville has three games this week, starting with a home game with Bergman on Tuesday.
"We have a tough week this week," Cornelison said. "Bergman is always a tough opponent and then you have to go to Green Forest and then you have Valley Springs. It should be a tough week. We have to come ready to play this week. I think it will make us ready. It has a chance to propel us into the district tournament and hopefully on from that."
With the long week, Cornelison said practices will be a little bit different than usual.
"We won't practice as long," Cornelison said. "Practices will be a little bit lighter. We still have to go through some things, but we won't be having any two-hour practices."
Tipoff against Bergman is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday.