Lady Bobcats overpower Bergman
By Scott Loftis
How well have the Berryville Lady Bobcats played in their first four games of the season?
The answer is, they’ve played so well that even their own head coach admits he didn’t expect it.
“They’re really surprising me, to be honest with you, with the way they’re picking things up defensively,” coach Daniel Cornelison said after the Lady Bobcats’ 49-16 victory over Bergman on Nov. 19 at Bobcat Arena.
It was Berryville’s second victory over the Lady Panthers in six days. The Lady Bobcats beat Bergman 46-43 in the second round of the Queens of the Court tournament on Nov. 14 in Green Forest.
Cornelison said Bergman lost one of its top players to a knee injury in that game.
“That’s a big difference,” he said. “That’s not saying we wouldn’t have won. We had a day to prepare for them and the girls just really listened and did what we wanted them to do.”
Junior Lilli Compton got the Lady Bobcats off to a good start by scoring the first eight points of the game. She scored 11 points in the first quarter and finished with 19, including five three-pointers.
Compton had plenty of company in the scoring column, as all nine Lady Bobcats who saw action made at least one field goal, capped by sophomore Madison Beck’s basket in the closing seconds that finished the scoring.
The Lady Bobcats moved the ball crisply to set up good shots, something Cornelison said reflects an unselfish attitude.
“They don’t care who scores,” he said. “They are really unselfish. They like one another and they like playing together. They’re all about getting the best shot we can get.”
Bergman, meanwhile struggled to score against the Lady Bobcats’ man-to-man defense. The Lady Panthers trailed 24-6 at halftime and 42-13 after three quarters.
“I was really pleased with our defense,” Cornelison said.
Berryville (4-0) played at Rogers Heritage on Thursday night. The Lady Bobcats will travel to Eureka Springs on Friday.