BV claims district championship
The Berryville Bobcats defeated the Shiloh Christian Saints 67-50 in Saturday's 4A-1 district championship game at Lincoln.
"The thing that we did a nice job of for most of the game is defend really well and took care of the ball," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "Shiloh Christian is a team that wants to press you. They like to play uptempo. We like the uptempo part, but sometimes it's kind of a helter-skelter type game they can create. You can be careless with the ball, but our kids did a nice job taking care of the ball."
Berryville led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and took a 36-21 lead into halftime. Kooper Logan made a three-pointer in the second quarter and added another in the third quarter. Cody Allen also made a three-pointer in the first half.
"We had a lot of guys in the scorebook," Compton said. "We had a lot of guys step up. Kooper Logan stepped up on defense and hit two big threes in the second and third quarter. Cody Allen really played awesome defense. He hit a three early to get our momentum going. And then Zach Webb just took over late in the game. They trimmed the lead all the way down to three, but Zach Webb decided we weren't going to lose and finished the deal."
Berryville held a 48-32 lead going into the fourth quarter. Webb finished the game with 23 points, while Ty Allen had 12 and Jarrett Ray added eight. Compton is glad his team is able to be the No. 1 seed at a regional tournament his team is hosting.
"I am very thankful that our superintendent allowed us to bid on it and have a chance to host it," Compton said. "Now it's going to be special for our kids to play at home. Hopefully win, advance and make our way to the state tournament from here."
The Bobcats (22-7) will take on Ozark (22-6) on Wednesday at Bobcat Arena in the first round of the 4A North Regional Tournament. With a win, Berryville will advance to the Class 4A state tournament.
"Ozark is a real physical and athletic team that has really played well throughout the season," Compton said. "They took a couple losses here late and that could be a little bit of bad luck for us just because they have had a great season. They are ranked really high on Maxpreps. They are well-coached and they will be well-prepared. I know that much."
Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Berryville 70, Gravette 55
In Friday's semifinal game against the Lions, Berryville started strong, leading 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. Ray had 11 points in the first quarter, including three three-pointers.
"He really had a hot hand there early," Compton said. "And our kids are really good about trying to find the kid who has the hot hand. They did that and he shot it well in the first half for sure."
Berryville held a 38-21 halftime lead. The Bobcats extended their lead to as much as 20, but Gravette was determined to make a run.
"They made a run at us there in the second half," Compton said. "Gravette has closed it to within eight in the third quarter, but Zach made close to a half court shot to end the third quarter and really stop their run and kill their momentum."
Berryville went 15 of 20 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
"The kids stepped up and did what it took to finish things off there in the fourth quarter," Compton said. "I was proud of them."
Webb finished the game with 25 points, while Ray added 23 and Ty Allen had 14.
Gravette 49, Berryville 45
Saturday's 4A-1 district championship game at Lincoln against the Gravette Lady Lions didn't go according to plan for the Lady Bobcats.
"We played not to lose and when you play not to lose, you don't win," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "For whatever reason we played very tentative. We didn't play aggressive, offensively especially. Defensively, I thought we did a real nice job on them, but offensively we didn't play downhill so to speak. When you don't play downhill against them, they are going to make you turn it over. And we did late in the game and it ended up getting us beat."
After Berryville had led for a majority of the game, Gravette banked in a three-pointer to tie the game at 33-33 going into the fourth quarter. The teams exchanged the lead in the fourth quarter until the Lady Lions got a four-point lead and they began holding the ball.
"We couldn't make them turn the ball over and they made free throws down the stretch," Cornelison said.
While Cornelison hates to lose, he hopes this loss will serve as motivation for the Lady Bobcats (28-2) moving forward.
"There is no joy in losing," Cornelison said. "But if it gets our kids more focused than they already were, than maybe it was a good thing. I know they were pretty disappointed with the effort they gave Saturday night. They weren't happy with themselves. We had a great practice this morning. They got after it and we will see what happens."
The Lady Bobcats will play Dardanelle (18-11) in the first round of the 4A North regional tournament. With a win, the Lady Bobcats will advance to the Class 4A state tournament.
"They are very well-coached and it will be a tough ballgame," Cornelison said. "They have some really good guards. They are physical. They play hard and are very fundamental. They will get after you both offensively and defensively. Dardanelle is a team that beat Pottsville on their home floor earlier in the year. It's a team that if we don't play well, they can beat us. That is what we are facing the rest of the year."
Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Berryville 48, Prairie Grove 36
Had the Lady Bobcats carried over Friday night's semifinal performance into Saturday, they likely would have won the district championship.
"We played really well, especially for the first half," Cornelison said. "We guarded them really well. I think we were up 24-8 at half and just took control of the game."
Berryville extended its lead to 23 points in the third quarter, but then the Lady Tigers were able to get back in contention.
"We decided to quit executing and started turning the ball over," Cornelison said. "We fouled them and put them on the free throw line. We did everything you can't do to Prairie Grove when you play Prairie Grove. That's why we only beat them by 12. I was still proud of the way we played, we just have to be a little smarter in situations."
Baylea Smith scored every field goal for the Lady Bobcats in the fourth quarter.