Mental errors cost Bobcats in loss at Huntsville

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Berryville's Aspen Smith goes up for a layup in a game against Blue Eye, Mo. earlier this year. Smith is the lone senior on the girls basketball team.
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The Berryville Bobcats suffered a difficult 54-50 loss at Huntsville on Wednesday.

"Huntsville had a good game plan," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "They did a good job against us defensively. That caused us to play not as well as we would have liked to play and the end result was a loss."

Trailing 49-48 with 3:30 to go in the game Zach Webb was fouled going to the goal, but came away with a bloody nose and Aaron Cisco had to replace him. Cisco made both free throws, but those were the last points the Bobcats scored. Huntsville made one of two free throws on its next possession and followed that with a two-point basket to take a two-point lead with 1:53 remaining. Cody Allen missed a three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining and after two made free throws from Huntsville to extend the lead to 54-50, Scotland Lucas missed a three-pointer to end the game.

"When Zach went in and got fouled and got that bloody nose and had to go out, that hurt us," Compton said. "We were trying to get his nose to quit bleeding for a couple minutes there down the stretch. That could have been the difference."

Berryville started out hot, leading 6-0 early. Allen's three-pointer gave the Bobcats a 9-3 lead. Berryville led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.

"We played out of character," Compton said. "We made silly mistakes. Turned the ball over. Unforced turnovers. Decision making wasn't good. We just didn't play well. And a lot of it had to do with Huntsville, but we just played out of character and it cost us. If you don't play up to your potential on the road, then you aren't going to win."

Webb had 10 points in the second quarter, but the Eagles led 29-28 at halftime. Webb finished with 26 points, but nobody else finished in double figures for Berryville.

"Huntsville is very good defensively, but we have to be better adjusting to what they are doing," Compton said. "They were physical with our shooters and we just couldn't shake them last night. Zach did all he could do to keep us in there."

Webb and Kendrick each added four points in the third quarter as Berryville reclaimed a 40-39 lead going into the fourth quarter. A Jarrett Ray three-pointer gave Berryville a 45-43 lead with 6:02 remaining in the game. On Thursday, Berryville (18-7) hosted Green Forest for Senior Night. Compton said it was important to bounce back and play well with the district tournament starting next week.

"Our kids are pretty resilient," Compton said. "We have had some pretty tough losses this year. I know we are 18-7 and it's not the end of the season losing that game. It's not going to define what we are all about. I would like to think our character will prevail and we will play well tonight going into the district tournament. You find out what you are made of after games like last night. I expect our kids to come out and be determined to play better moving forward."

Girls

Berryville 49, Huntsville 33

The Berryville Lady Bobcats ruined senior night for the Huntsville Lady Eagles on Wednesday by getting a routine 16-point victory.

"I know personally speaking that we have never went over there and beat them," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I know it's been awhile since a Berryville team has went to Huntsville and won. I'm not sure how long it's been, but it's been at least seven years. And I'm pretty sure it's been a few years before that."

The Lady Bobcats jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. Baylea Smith's three-pointer gave Berryville a 9-2 lead and the Lady Bobcats led 9-4 going into the second quarter.

Lexy Anderson scored seven points in the quarter and Jordan Estepp added a three-pointer, as she substituted in for Hannah Morrell, who was in foul trouble. Berryville led 21-15 at halftime, but extended its lead to 40-23 at the end of the third quarter.

"A lot of what we do revolves around our two post players," Cornelison said. "When they get in foul trouble, it limits what we can do. I thought Jordan Estepp gave us great minutes in the second quarter filling in for Hannah, but when you have your two bigs in the game together, it makes us really tough to guard."

Kelcee Hopper and Morrell combined for 19 points in the game and Morrell scored 11 in the second half.

"Hannah just dominated the second half," Cornelison said. "She played a really nice game of basketball."

Anderson finished the game with 15 points, while Morrell finished with 13 and Smith had eight.

Berryville (25-1) hosted Green Forest for Senior Night on Thursday. Cornelison said it was important his team end the regular season strong.

"You want momentum going into districts," Cornelison said. "We need to step on the floor and play well. Green Forest played us tough at their place last time we played them. It's very important that we step on the floor ready to play and in the right frame of mind because next week, games really start to matter."

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