Loss at Pea Ridge snaps Lady Bobcats' streak

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

Playing on the road against a quality team, one bad quarter can spell the difference between winning and losing.

That was the case Friday night, as Pea Ridge defeated Berryville 46-43, handing the Lady Bobcats their first loss of the season and snapping a 32-game regular-season winning streak.

Pea Ridge (18-3, 5-1 4A-1) took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Berryville 11-2 to turn a five-point halftime deficit into a 36-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“We played a pretty solid half, and then we didn’t,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. “We played a very poor third quarter, and it cost us.”

Cornelison said he’s confident the Lady Bobcats (20-1, 5-1) will bounce back.

“It was a setback, but it’s definitely not the end of the world,” he said.

In fact, he said the loss may turn out to be a positive.

“It may be the best thing that could happen to us,” he said. “I think there’s been a lot of pressure on them, and that needs to stop, both with them and others.”

Senior forward Hannah Morrell led Berryville with 12 points, while junior guard Lexy Anderson added 11.

The Lady Bobcats will host Prairie Grove on Tuesday, and Cornelison said that is the only thing on his team’s mind now.

“That’s what we’re going to do,” he said. “We’re going to worry about Prairie Grove, and not one thing other than Prairie Grove.”

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