Lady Bobcats don’t allow loss to linger
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Lady Bobcats don’t like to lose. And they especially don’t like to lose two games in a row.
Berryville hasn’t lost consecutive games in more than three years, since December 2016. That’s a trend they continued last week, when they bounced back from a hard-fought 52-47 home loss to Harrison on Tuesday, Jan. 14, to win 53-39 at Gentry the following night.
“They are just super competitive,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said of his players. “They have a winning mentality. Losing is not in their DNA. They don’t like it. That’s a testament to their character.”
Harrison’s victory over Berryville was the 17th in a row for the Lady Goblins after a season-opening loss to Springfield Kickapoo.
“Harrison makes you not play well,” Cornelison said. “I thought we competed. But every time we broke down defensively, they made a big shot. Every time.”
After trailing by five points at halftime, Berryville started the third quarter with a 12-4 run and took a 35-32 lead when junior guard Abby Thurman made a three-pointer from the left wing off a pass from senior guard Lexy Anderson with 4:06 left in the quarter.
Harrison responded by scoring the next 10 points, however, and led the rest of the way.
The Lady Bobcats got within three points, at 49-46, when senior forward Jordan Estepp scored off an offensive rebound with 1:24 left. Berryville had a chance to tie the score on its next possession but missed a three-pointer with 59 seconds left.
With the Lady Bobcats forced to foul, Harrison scored its final three points from the free-throw line to preserve the victory.
Anderson led Berryville with 21 points, while junior guard Lilli Compton added 11 and Estepp had nine.
Berryville (13-4 2-1 4A-1) bounced back Wednesday, breaking the game open against Gentry in the second half after a 21-21 tie. The Lady Bobcats outscored Gentry 18-10 in the third quarter for a 39-31 lead, then closed the game with a 14-4 run after Gentry scored the first four points of the fourth quarter.
Thurman scored eight points in the third quarter and finished with a season-high 15, including three three-pointers. Anderson added 11 while Compton scored nine and Estepp had eight.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Cornelison said. “We played a lot better in the second half. I was proud of the girls.”