Bobcats find range in 4th quarter

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Berryville junior guard Chris Lehr puts up a shot in the Bobcats’ game against Shiloh Christian on Friday. Berryville rallied from an early 10-point deficit to win 64-58.
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By Scott Loftis

The three-point shot is an integral part of the Berryville Bobcats’ offense. So, when the Bobcats made just two three-pointers in the first three quarters of Friday’s game against Shiloh Christian, it didn’t bode well.

Fortunately for the Bobcats, though, the drought didn’t last. Berryville sank four three-pointers in the fourth quarter and beat the Saints 64-58 on homecoming night at Bobcat Arena.

“Any conference win is a good win,” said Berryville coach Brent Compton, whose team bounced back from a loss at Harrison last Tuesday.

It didn’t come easily, though.

Berryville (9-10, 2-2 4A-1) trailed by 10 points at the end of the first quarter before fighting their way back into the game.

“That says a lot about their character,” Compton said.

Senior point guard Zakk Webb scored seven of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter as Berryville pulled within three points, trailing 31-28 at halftime.

“We didn’t start the game as well as we would like,” Compton said. “It took us a while to figure out their defense.”

Shiloh Christian led 43-42 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Berryville’s three-point shooters heated up quickly. Webb, sophomore guard Landon Chester and senior guard Rayden Peden connected on three consecutive possessions as the Bobcats took control.

“They were big shots and exactly what we needed,” Compton said.

Chester scored nine of his 13 points in the second half. Peden finished with 11 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Senior forward Kyler Kendrick scored Berryville’s first six points of the game and finished with 10.

Berryville will host Farmington on Tuesday night.

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