Bobcats get good road victory
The Berryville Bobcats haven't had the best of luck playing on the road this year, but coach Brent Compton hopes Tuesday's 60-46 win at Marshall will change that.
"We talked about our mental focus heading into the game and our kids really showed up and played well," Compton said. "We were mentally focused like we had talked about. They came out and played exactly like we needed to play. We got an early lead and never looked back."
Berryville jumped out to an 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ty Allen scored all seven of his points in the quarter and Jarrett Ray added two three-pointers.
"Our last three basketball games, we have been playing really well," Compton said. "If we can continue to build and grow, I like where we are at."
Berryville (18-6) had a 39-25 lead at halftime as Ray scored nine more points in the second quarter. Ray finished with 24 points.
"Jarrett shot the ball really well," Compton said. "And the good thing about this team is that when we have someone with a hot hand, our kids are so unselfish that they try to find them. It's not like someone is jealous and they won't pass them the ball. Our kids know what it takes to win and they care about each other."
Berryville led 54-39 going into the fourth quarter. After being held out of last Friday's game against Valley Springs, Brady Smith was back on the court. Compton said it was good to be playing with a full roster once again.
"We want to try to use our depth to get into other teamsí legs," Compton said. "Without all three of our forwards available, that cuts into what we want to do."
To go along with Ray's 24 points, Zach Webb had eight, while Scotland Lucas and Allen each had seven. The girls will play Crane, Mo., on Friday, but the boys will be off until they travel to Huntsville on Tuesday.
"We had the same scenario last time we played Huntsville," Compton said. "I feel like we may have overdone it a little bit. I'm not sure if we had our legs when we played them. We are going to have a couple light days. Our sole focus is going to be on Huntsville and the things we think it's going to take to win. Hopefully our kids lock in and understand the importance of this game and put ourselves in position to win."
Tuesday's tipoff will be at 5 p.m.
Berryville 51, Marshall 29
Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison is extremely pleased with the way his team came ready to play in Tuesday night's game at Marshall. Berryville led 35-9 at halftime.
"We played a really solid first half on both ends of the floor," Cornelison said. "It was good seeing us come out ready to play. That's a scary game, one we lost over there last year."
Cornelison said multiple players got to play in the second half and added that it's great to be gaining momentum as the regular season comes to a close.
"We have four games left starting with last night and we wanted to start this stretch on a positive note," Cornelison said. "I felt like we did that to a team in Marshall that has beaten some people. We knew we had to be focused. It was a tough place to play. It was a good all-around effort."
Hannah Morrell finished the game with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Baylea Smith had 12 points. Berryville (23-1) has a bye in its conference schedule on Friday.
The Lady Bobcats decided to play at Crane, Mo. on Friday to stay in a rhythm.
"Crane has two really good post players," Cornelison said. "Teams that have bigs that can match our bigs always present an issue for us. It presents a unique challenge to us."
Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.