Lady Tigers give Lady Bobcats all they wanted
The Green Forest Lady Tigers gave the Berryville Lady Bobcats all they could handle in Wednesday night's game at Fred Grim Gym. Berryville won 42-33.
"The first time we played them, it was close for two and a half quarters, but you look at the final score and it's 62-27," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We played hard and we played defense tonight. We had a few loose turnovers, but we were able to do the things that we had talked about that we needed to do. We just had some shots that didn't go down. It was a good game for us. We were pleased with what happened."
The Lady Bobcats led 35-30 going into the fourth quarter. Aspen Smith made a three-pointer to extend the Berryville lead to eight. Ashley Farrar answered with a three of her own, but Hannah Morrell and Kelcee Hopper made consecutive baskets with two minutes remaining to put the game on ice.
"Green Forest is always going to give their best effort," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "It's a rivalry game. We did what we had to do to get the win."
Berryville jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Lady Tigers settled in and Berryville led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Baylea Smith, Morrell and Hopper all got in foul trouble.
"With all due respect to Green Forest, because I thought they played a great game, but we can't get in that kind of foul trouble and expect to have the same success," Cornelison said. "You can't have three starters sitting on the bench in the first half. Your point guard sitting on the bench for over half the game. That just doesn't set us up for being successful offensively. We had to shorten the game and get it to the fourth quarter. Get Baylea back in the game because the offense runs through her."
Cornelison hopes that forcing other players such as Kelsey Smith, McKayla Hussey and Jordan Estepp to step up in crucial situations will help further along in the season.
"It's always good seeing kids get in there in situations that they might not be used to," Cornelison said. "You never know when that might come up again, so it was good seeing those kids step up, handle it and manage it. I thought Jordan Estepp gave us great minutes last night. I was really pleased with that."
Green Forest's Kelsey Phillips made a three-pointer to trim the Berryville lead to 28-23 going into halftime. Daisy Padilla made a three-pointer and Phillips made another basket to tie the game at 28-28 with 6:02 remaining in the third quarter.
"The kids know that the first two minutes of the half is what you have to look at because you either climb back in the game or they get away from you," Farrar said. "There have been a lot of games like that where we were close, but would have a turnover or miss a layup. Daisy's three let us know we were in this for the long haul."
Berryville's Lexy Anderson answered with back-to-back baskets. A basket from Morrell gave Berryville a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The three-pointer from Aspen Smith put Berryville ahead by eight to begin the fourth quarter. She finished with a game-high 12 points for the Lady Bobcats.
"Aspen played great," Cornelison said. "The great thing about her is that you know what you are going to get just about every night. She is going to give a great defensive effort. She is going to play within the offense. She isn't going to do more than she is capable of doing, but when she is open, she is going to hit shots. And she is going to take great shots. They left her open a couple times and she made big shots for us."
To go along with Aspen Smith's 12 points, Morrell had nine and Baylea Smith had six for Berryville. Kelsey Phillips had 11 points for Green Forest, while Farrar and Padilla each had nine.
Despite the loss, Farrar sees his team progressing.
"We grew up and beat Huntsville," Farrar said. "We had never done that before. We had never played Berryville like we did tonight. Now the team we have to step up against is Valley Springs and we will have our chance next Friday."
Farrar isn't overlooking his next two opponents, though.
"We have a big one on Friday at Yellville," Farrar said. "They have some kids who can shoot. They haven't, but I have watched them shoot in the past so it worries me going to Yellville. They can get hot in their own gym. We aren't going to take anyone for granted."
Farrar adds it was great for his team being able to play in a fun environment Wednesday night.
"I know that it was Berryville and Green Forest, but that's what I want our kids to play in front of every night," Farrar said. "If people want to see kids play hard, come watch. It's easier and more fun to play when the stands are full so come watch. The boys and girls both will play hard."
Berryville 78, Green Forest 19
Things got out of hand quickly in Wednesday night's game between Berryville and Green Forest, as the Bobcats held a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, but extended that lead to 43-15 by halftime.
"I feel like our kids really played hard," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "Defensively, we played really hard. We executed pretty well. If there is a negative, we could have shot the ball better, but overall I felt like we played pretty well."
Kyler Kendrick, Ty Allen, Jarrett Ray, Scotland Lucas and Zach Webb all scored more than eight points in the game.
"Our kids are doing a really good job of sharing the ball, which obviously makes us a lot harder to guard," Compton said. "If they continue to do that and buy into that concept of not caring who scores, we will have a chance to continue being successful this season."
Berryville led 65-17 going into the fourth quarter. Rhett Powell led Green Forest with 11 points.