Lady Bobcats don’t allow loss to linger

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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.”

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