Sharp shooters: Bobcats sink 10 more three-pointers, whip Hollister
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats went through a tough stretch after winning their first three games of the season, but they are doing just fine now, thanks.
Going into Friday night’s game against Gentry at Bobcat Arena, Berryville is riding a two-game winning streak fueled by three-point shooting and improved team chemistry.
On Tuesday, the Bobcats sank 10 three-pointers and beat visiting Hollister, Mo., 55-37.
“We’re playing a little better,” coach Brent Compton said. “Our chemistry is a little better.”
Berryville made 10 three-pointers against Hollister, just three days after making 11 in an 81-67 victory over Reeds Spring, Mo., that snapped a seven-game losing streak.
“Shooting the ball like that, you have a chance to win,” Compton said.
Sophomore guard Landon Chester has led the three-point barrage for the Bobcats. Chester had six threes and scored 18 points in the victory over Hollister. That included four three-pointers in the second half as Berryville broke the game open after leading 20-19 at halftime.
Against Reeds Spring last Saturday, Chester hit five shots from behind the arc and scored 32 points.
“He’s coming into his own,” Compton said. “I knew that he would. I just didn’t know when it would be.”
Chester’s shooting has taken some of the scoring load off senior point guard Zakk Webb, but he hasn’t been alone. Eight Berryville players have made at least one three-pointer in the past two games.
“Really, every kid that we put on the floor can shoot the basketball,” Compton said. “We have kids that can shoot it.”
After Friday’s conference game against Gentry, Berryville (5-7) will host the 10th Annual Cornerstone Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament from Dec. 27-29. Berryville will face Pocahontas in a first-round game at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.