Bobcats get the best of GF on Senior Night

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Berryville's Zach Webb tries to dribble by Green Forest's Clayton Smith as Carter Boggs (40) and Rhett Powell look on.
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The Berryville Bobcats got a convincing 86-53 win over the Green Forest Tigers on Thursday night. It was also Senior Night for the Bobcats.

"We had the opportunity to start five seniors and I thought they played well for the time that they were in there," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "It's a good group of kids that I have enjoyed to coach. I was proud of our effort. We played really hard and defensively, we played really hard as well."

Berryville led 20-12 at the end of the first quarter as Ty Allen made two three-pointers. The Bobcats extended their halftime lead to 56-17 as Allen made six three-pointers in the second quarter.

"Our kids really got it going there in the second quarter," Compton said. "I don't know if I have ever had a team score 36 points in a quarter, but we were running the floor and getting some open opportunities."

Allen came out and made one more three-pointer to start the third quarter. He finished with 28 points.

"I am super proud of Ty," Compton said. "He has worked extremely hard throughout his career and he deserves everything he gets because he has earned it. Because of his work ethic. All of our kids have been that way. They have worked extremely hard. Not just this year, but since the first day they were in the program."

Berryville led 76-43 going into the fourth quarter. To go along with Allen's 28 points, Scotland Lucas had 13 and Zach Webb had 10. Green Forest's Rhett Powell had 11 points, while Clayton Smith had eight and Billy Butler and Conner Glassell each had six.

On Wednesday, Berryville will play Huntsville in the first round of the district tournament in Lincoln. With a win, Berryville will advance to regionals.

"Going into the seeding meeting, I was hoping for a two seed, but I didn't think we could be any lower than a three," Compton said. "It worked out to where we ended up being a three seed. It's against a team that we are going to be playing for a fourth time. We have tons of respect for Huntsville and Coach Stafford. We know we have a great task at hand, but we look forward to the opportunity. They beat us the other night at their place, but hopefully our kids are hungry and we will be ready to go Wednesday."

Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Girls

Berryville 62, Green Forest 24

Stats can be misleading sometimes, but scores can be as well. Berryville led Green Forest 26-18 at halftime before going on to get the 38-point victory.

"I thought we started a little slow, but I thought we had a really solid third quarter," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I think that had a lot to do with Green Forest."

Kelcee Hopper and Hannah Morrell combined for nine of Berryville's 13 points in the first quarter and the Lady Bobcats led by three. Morrell added four more in the second quarter as Berryville led by eight at halftime.

"We wanted to give it to them early and often," Cornelison said. "They were able to defend us pretty good early, but it wore on them eventually and we really dominated them in the third quarter."

Berryville had a 30-point lead by the end of the third quarter. Morrell and Hopper combined for 16 points in the quarter.

"We talked about making a few adjustments at halftime and they came out with a little different purpose in the third quarter," Cornelison said. "It was good to see that."

The Lady Bobcats will play Shiloh Christian in the first round of the district tournament on Tuesday in Lincoln. With a win, Berryville advances to regionals.

"We obviously haven't played Shiloh this year, but I watched them play earlier in the year," Cornelison said. "They were a different team then than they are now. They lost their best player to an ACL injury. We are excited about being the No. 1 seed, but it's a new season starting next week. We have to treat it like that. Everybody is 0-0 and we just have to get one win and go from there."

Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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