Huntsville halts Bobcats' 5-game winning streak
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats’ five-game winning streak came to an end with a 57-48 loss to Huntsville on Friday, Dec. 20, at Bobcat Arena.
In the 4A-1 conference opener for both teams, Huntsville outscored Berryville 15-6 over the final 6:26 to claim the victory.
“Huntsville did a really nice job,” Berryville coach Brent Compton said. “They played us physical. Offensively they ran their stuff and executed. They didn’t force shots like we did. We forced some things.”
A free throw by Berryville sophomore Weston Teague tied the game at 42-42 with 6:26 remaining. At that point, neither team had led by more than two points since early in the second half, but Huntsville promptly went on a 9-2 run. A three-pointer by the Eagles’ Kent Mayes with 2:04 left put Huntsville up 51-44.
With Berryville forced to foul, Huntsville made six free throws over the final 1:12 to clinch the victory.
The late run broke open a game that was tight throughout. Huntsville led 15-13 after one quarter. Berryville sophomore point guard Kade Davidson hit an 8-foot pullup jumper just before the halftime buzzer for a 26-26 tie. Davidson’s layup in the closing seconds of the third quarter pulled Berryville within two at 39-37.
The Bobcats tied the score on senior Scotland Lucas’ turnaround basket from inside the lane, then took a 41-39 lead on a driving layup by junior guard Landon Chester with 6:45 left.
Huntsville’s Hunter Davidson hit a three-pointer to put the Eagles up 42-41 before Teague made the first of two free throws for a 42-42 tie.
Lucas led Berryville with 13 points, while Kade Davidson added nine and Chester and Teague scored seven points apiece. Hunter Davidson made four of Huntsville’s seven three-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points.