Anderson scores 28 as BV girls bounce back
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Lady Bobcats were determined to play better against Dumas on Saturday afternoon in the third-place game of the Holiday Hoops tournament at Bobcat Arena than they did the night before in a loss to Mountain View.
Lexy Anderson made sure of it.
The senior guard poured in 28 points to lead Berryville to a 58-36 victory. She had 24 points in the first half as Berryville claimed a 32-22 lead.
The victory got Berryville back on track after the loss to Mountain View, which saw the Lady Bobcats score just one point in the fourth quarter as the Lady Yellowjackets rallied from a 36-29 deficit to take a 41-37 victory.
“We talked about that in our walk-through on Saturday,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. “We talked about bouncing back, and let’s not let one bad game lead to two bad games.”
Anderson, probably the most talented player on the Berryville roster, has played a key role for the Lady Bobcats since her freshman season. As a senior, her defense and rebounding have been critical. But Anderson can also put the ball in the basket, and her scoring was on display early and often against Dumas.
“Lexy really played well,” Cornelison said. “She kind of took over. … She has played really well within the team concept. She really trusts her teammates, and she’s very unselfish.”
Anderson scored Berryville’s first 11 points and had 14 by the end of the first quarter — the last three coming on a shot from the top of the key that put Berryville ahead 19-10.
Midway through the third quarter, Anderson scored two quick baskets in transition. Another fast-break layup put Berryville ahead 32-22 with 1:37 left and capped the first-half scoring.
Berryville put the game away with a 14-2 run to start the third quarter. Senior Jordan Estepp had six points during that run and contributed another big play when she took an inbounds pass from Anderson under the Berryville basket and tapped the ball back to Anderson for an easy layup that made it 44-24.
Anderson left the game along with three other Berryville starters with Berryville leading 49-25 with 1:09 left in the third quarter, but all four returned after Dumas reeled off eight consecutive points.
Anderson’s layup with 4:51 left stopped that run and Dumas scored just three points the rest of the way.
Junior guard Lilli Compton scored 11 points and Estepp added nine for Berryville. Estepp scored 18 in the loss to Mountain View, which went on to beat Viola on Saturday for the tournament championship. Berryville opened the tournament with a 58-14 victory over Hamburg on Thursday behind 14 points from Anderson, 12 from sophomore Faith Kelley and 11 from junior Abby Thurman.
Berryville (11-3) will play at Green Forest on Friday before traveling to Gentry for a conference game on Friday, Jan. 10.
Cornelison said the Lady Bobcats will have to play well to compete in the rugged 4A-1. Six of the conference’s nine teams are among the top 12 in MaxPreps’ Class 4A state rankings.
“We’ve just got to try and play our best,” Cornelison said. “It’s going to be a battle every night.”