Morrell’s putback is game-winner for West stars
By Scott Loftis
With his West team needing just one basket to win Monday’s North Central Arkansas All-Star game in sudden-death overtime, Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison wanted the ball to go to forward Hannah Morrell.
And that’s just how it played out.
Morrell scored off an offensive rebound to lift the West to a 53-51 victory in the annual all-star game at North Arkansas College’s Pioneer Pavilion.
“We wanted it in her hands,” Cornelison said. “They were guarding her really tight.”
When her Berryville teammate Baylea Smith drove the baseline, a defender moved away from Morrell, freeing her up for the decisive putback.
The game pitted some of the region’s top seniors — including the Berryville trio of Morrell, Smith and McKayla Hussey as well as Green Forest’s Ashley Farrar and Alpena’s Abby Dean and Maddie Milburn. The teams played five periods and were tied at 51 before moving to sudden death.
Farrar, who will play at Henderson State University next season, scored a game-high 16 points for the West.
“She played really well,” Cornelison said. “She was aggressive and attacked the rim.”
Morrell added 10 points for the West, while Dean had five and Milburn scored two.
The boys game had a strong Carroll County presence as well. Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo coached the West squad, which included the Highlanders’ Garrett Cross, Slade Clark and Carter Drennon as well as Berryville’s Rayden Peden, Green Forest’s Rhett Powell and Alpena’s Jonathan Stone and Corey Holsted.
The East squad won the game 97-89. Stone scored 11 points to lead the West while Powell had eight. Cross scored seven while Clark, Holsted and Peden added six points each and Drennon scored two points.