Bobcats fight hard in loss to Goblins

Friday, February 1, 2019

By Scott Loftis

The Berryville Bobcats didn’t win Tuesday night’s game against Harrison, but that doesn’t mean coach Brent Compton was disappointed in his team.

“I was very proud of our kids for their effort,” Compton said after the 58-51 loss at Bobcat Arena. “You can swallow a loss like that when your kids sell out and give everything they have, and our kids did that.”

Berryville (9-15, 2-7 4A-1) went toe-to-toe with the talented Goblins (17-5, 7-1) for three quarters before wilting down the stretch. The Bobcats took the lead twice in the third quarter — first on sophomore guard Landon Chester’s three-pointer off an inbounds pass from senior guard Zakk Webb with 4:08 left in the quarter and then on two free throws by Webb that made it 38-37 at the 2:20 mark.

But Berryville’s offense went cold after Chester’s long shot. The Bobcats didn’t make another shot from the field until Webb’s basket with 45 seconds left in the game.

Webb led Berryville with 22 points, including 17 in the second half. He scored his 1,000th career point on the first of two free throws with 57 seconds left in the game.

“He had one of his best games of the season,” Compton said.

A defensive adjustment by Harrison contributed to the Bobcats’ offensive lull, Compton said, but fatigue was a bigger factor.

“They started defending the ball screen a little differently,” Compton said. “They started doubling Zakk out front. But I think the biggest part of us not being able to score is we just ran out of gas. It’s the end of the season and it was a really physical game. I think our guys just got a little tired at the end.”

Senior forward Kyler Kendrick also had a standout game for Berryville. He finished with 15 points, including 11 in the first half.

With two games left in the regular season, Compton believes the effort that Berryville showed in the loss to Harrison could provide some impetus moving forward. Berryville travels to Shiloh Christian on Friday before closing the regular season at home against Huntsville on Feb. 8.

“Time will tell,” he said. “We’ll see how they react on Friday. We’ve had two games the past couple of weeks where we’ve competed with some of the top teams in the league. It’s just a matter of consistency.”

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