Hot-shooting Saints overpower Bobcats
By Scott Loftis
When a high school basketball team makes 15 three-pointers in one game, its opponent doesn’t have much chance of winning.
Unfortunately for the Berryville Bobcats, that’s the scenario that unfolded Friday night in a 73-46 loss to Shiloh Christian.
The Saints made six three-pointers in the first quarter alone on the way to an 18-14 lead. They finished 15-for-25 (60 percent) to put a damper on Senior Night at Bobcat Arena.
“It seemed to me like, we kind of got a slow start and they played the best game they could have played,” Berryville coach Brent Compton said. “We didn’t play as well as we could play. It was just kind of the perfect storm.”
Compton said the Saints’ success from long range wasn’t necessarily based off a poor defensive effort by the Bobcats (16-9, 4-6 4A-1).
“They just got away from us, and it was one of those games,” he said. “Our kids played really hard defensively. It didn’t matter if it was their best player or one off the bench or what. Whenever we were out of position just a little bit, whoever shot it made it.”
Shiloh Christian’s Seth Rosenfeld led the Saints (14-9, 7-3) with five three-pointers and a game-high 26 points.
“He’s the best player in the league,” Compton said. “He just really had it going and they fed off him. I don’t think anybody in the league would have beaten them Friday night. I know they were playing us, but it wouldn’t have mattered who they were playing. I just think that was a night they were destined to win that game. We could have played our best and I’m not sure we’d have beat them that night. It was just their night.”
After leading 36-20 at halftime, Shiloh Christian made five more three-pointers in the third quarter for a 55-38 cushion.
Five players scored at least six points for Berryville, led by 10 points from sophomore point guard Kade Davidson. Senior forward Scotland Lucas added eight points for the Bobcats, while sophomore post Weston Teague had seven. Senior guard Trent Hutchison and junior guard Landon Chester each scored six points.
Compton said Berryville won’t spend too long fretting over the loss.
“There’s no reason to dwell on it,” he said. “We’ve got Huntsville on Friday and we’re going to get focused on the next one. Of course, we want to learn from some of the mistakes we made, but we’re not going to dwell on the past. We’ve got a lot to look forward to and we’re going to get better.”
Friday’s game was the final regular-season home game for five Berryville seniors: Lucas, Hutchison, guard Chris Lehr and forwards Austin Franklin and Kelton Davidson. Berryville will host the 4A North Regional Tournament, so there is a chance those seniors will make another appearance in Bobcat Arena.
“Our seniors are just great kids,” Compton said. “They’re good students. They’re hard workers. They’re good players. Everything that I want in a program, they exemplify that. When it’s over — and I hope we’re still a few weeks away — but when it’s over, I’m sure going to miss them. They’re just great kids.”
Berryville will finish the regular season with a game Friday night at Huntsville. The district tournament begins Monday, Feb. 17, at Pea Ridge.