Bobcats enter conference play on six-game skid
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats dropped their sixth consecutive game Tuesday night, falling to Springfield Hillcrest 76-68 at Bobcat Arena.
The loss left Berryville at 3-6 after a 3-0 start, but coach Brent Compton said the Bobcats competed well.
“They were just really athletic and we had a hard time staying in front of them,” Compton said. ‘We didn’t play our best basketball, but we definitely competed.”
The Bobcats have been searching for a consistent scorer to complement senior all-state point guard Zakk Webb, and sophomore guard Landon Chester had a big game against Hillcrest.
Despite being plagued by foul trouble for much of the game, Chester made five three-pointers and led the Bobcats with 19 points. Chester had three three-pointers and scored 11 points in the first quarter as Berryville took a 20-16 lead. The Bobcats led 36-31 at halftime, but Hillcrest dominated the second half.
The Hornets outscored Berryville 21-14 in the third quarter to take a 52-50 lead and then pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Webb had 13 points and Kyler Kendrick added 11 for Berryville.
The Bobcats will open conference play on Friday at Huntsville.
“Huntsville will be a rivalry game,” Compton said. “It’s a game both teams will get up for. Playing at their place is very difficult, so we’ll need to play our best.”