Harrison outlasts Berryville girls
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Lady Bobcats have been a model of consistency over the past several seasons.
So the fact that Tuesday’s 54-37 loss at Harrison marked the first time in more than three years that the Lady Bobcats have lost two consecutive games says more about the quality of the program than it does about this year’s team.
“We’ve set a standard of excellence,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said.
There’s no shame in losing to Harrison. The Lady Goblins won their 22nd consecutive game and remained undefeated in 4A-1 conference play. And Berryville (16-7, 5-4) didn’t go down without a fight.
Despite missing junior forward Abby Thurman, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL on Jan. 24, Berryville went toe to toe with Harrison for three quarters. The Lady Bobcats led 24-23 at halftime and were within six points at the end of the third quarter, trailing 36-30.
“I thought for a half we played really smart basketball and played really hard basketball,” Cornelison said. “I thought the third quarter we played really good defense. We just turned it over too much. We just didn’t handle their pressure very well.”
Senior guard Lexy Anderson had nine points in the first half and finished with 11 for Berryville. Junior guard Lilli Compton also scored 11 points for the Lady Bobcats, with senior forward Jordan Estepp adding eight.
Berryville will host Shiloh Christian for Senior Night on Friday, then will close out the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Huntsville.