Still unbeaten: Defense does job for Lady Bobcats in conference opener

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Senior forward Kelcee Hopper puts up a shot from close range.
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By Scott Loftis

Sometimes, the Berryville Lady Bobcats seem to score at will. Other times, they aren’t as prolific offensively.

Almost always, they play great defense.

That’s usually enough to offset any offensive lulls, and that was the case in last Friday’s 43-25 victory at Huntsville in the Lady Bobcats’ 4A-1 conference opener.

The Lady Bobcats (12-0, 1-0) trailed 21-14 in the second quarter, but rallied to score the final 12 points of the first half and take the lead for good.

Junior Lexy Anderson, who recently returned to the court after an offseason knee injury, handles the ball in Friday’s game at Huntsville.
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Huntsville (2-9, 0-1) scored just seven points in the second half and 14 over the final three quarters. The Lady Eagles made just one shot from the floor in the second half.

“We guarded really well after the first quarter,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. “That’s the one thing that if you’ll do, you have a chance to win even if you aren’t scoring a lot.”

Senior point guard Baylea Smith, a four-year starter for the Lady Bobcats who was an all-state selection as a junior last season, led Berryville with 16 points.

Senior guard Baylea Smith led Berryville with 16 points against Huntsville.
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“She hit some big three-pointers for us,” Cornelison said.

Senior forward Hannah Morrell, another four-year starter for Berryville, has drawn extra defensive attention after opening the season with several big scoring games. Morrell is often double- or triple-teamed, but that opens up scoring opportunities for players like Smith and senior forward Kelcee Hopper, who had 10 points against Huntsville.

“I would hate to have to try to guard us,” Cornelison said. “I’m glad I don’t have to.”

Berryville will face Gentry in a conference game Friday at Bobcat Arena.

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