Bobcats lose momentum in 2nd half
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats can’t seem to catch a break in 4A-1 conference play.
Berryville lost its fourth consecutive conference game Tuesday as a missed three-point attempt let Prairie Grove escape with a 46-43 victory over the visiting Bobcats.
Three of the four losses during Berryville’s recent slide — which followed a stretch that saw the Bobcats win 11 of 13 games — have come by a total of 14 points. Prairie Grove erased an 11-point first-half deficit and outscored Berryville 22-12 in the second half.
“We really played well in the first two quarters,” Berryville coach Brent Compton said. “The first half, we forced some turnovers. We changed defenses. Our kids really executed well.
“The second half, they changed defenses. Nothing we tried — and we tried everything — would work. It was just totally a momentum swing, and we just could not overcome it. The second half was just a total opposite of how we played the first half.”
Five players scored at least five points for Berryville (14-8, 2-5 4A-1), led by 11 from sophomore point guard Kade Davidson. Junior guard Landon Chester added 10 and senior forward Scotland Lucas scored nine.
With four games to play in the regular season, Berryville is last in the four-team East division, one game behind Harrison and three behind co-leaders Huntsville and Shiloh Christian. But the Bobcats still have a chance to make up ground. After hosting Gravette (11-10, 3-6) on Friday, Berryville’s final three games will be against its divisional rivals.
Compton said the team’s mindset is still positive.
“We’re going to keep working,” Compton said. “We know that in any one-game scenario, we can win. I think we can beat anybody in the league. We’re taking some tough losses, real close losses, back-and-forth games against good teams. But our kids are still positive. Coaches are positive. We’re not giving in, by any means. We’re going to keep working and keep trying to find the right buttons to push. We’re still planning on making a run at this thing. We just have to put it together. We’ve played well at times, and we could have played better at times. We still have time, and we’re going to figure it out and keep going.”