Two out of three: Berryville tops Huntsville, pulls out OT win at Harrison
Like every other coach, Brent Compton would love to win every game. But given the challenge Compton’s Bobcats faced last week, two out of three ain’t bad.
Playing three conference games in five days, Berryville won the first two at home against Huntsville and in overtime on the road at Harrison before losing at Farmington on Saturday night in a makeup game that originally was scheduled for Dec. 18.
“Of course, we want to win them all,” Compton said. “But two out of three, I thought if we could do that, we’d still be in really good shape in the league. And of course, we’re still leading (the 4A-1 East). So not a bad week against really good competition.”
Berryville beat Huntsville 52-48 on Tuesday, Jan. 12, as four players scored in double figures for the Bobcats. Senior guard Landon Chester, who had been battling illness, led Berryville with 14 points while junior Weston Teague and sophomore D.J. Colbert added 11 points apiece and senior J.D. Smith scored 10. The Bobcats made six three-pointers and scored 20 points from the free-throw line, including an 8-of-9 performance by Smith.
Friday’s 58-54 win at Harrison saw Berryville outscore the Goblins 10-6 in overtime after regulation ended with the two teams tied at 48. Sophomore guard Nate Allen hit a three-pointer in overtime for Berryville, while Smith added a basket and Teague, Chester and sophomore Jake Wilson combined to go 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Smith scored 16 points to lead the Bobcats while Chester added 13 and Teague scored 10.
“Big win,” Compton said. “And Huntsville, they’re always solid. Our kids are playing better. Tuesday against Huntsville, we probably didn’t play our best. But on Friday and Saturday, we’re getting back to the team that we had and that we thought was really going to compete for a league title. Our kids are starting to play better again. Landon is getting his feet under him from being sick and he’s starting to get back to his old self a little bit. And we’re gaining.”
In Saturday’s 77-68 loss at Farmington, Berryville trailed by nine at halftime but cut the deficit to three by the end of the third quarter before the Cardinals pulled away over the final eight minutes.
Chester made three three-pointers and led the Bobcats with 16 points while Wilson also hit three three-points added 14. Smith scored 13 points and Allen had 12 for Berryville, all from three-point range as the Bobcats finished with 13 threes.
Berryville will continue conference play with a pair of home games this week. The Bobcats will host Pea Ridge on Tuesday at Bobcat Arena before Prairie Grove visits on Friday.
“Unfortunately, there’s no nights off,” Compton said. “You’d like to have a couple of games where you could kind of relax, but that’s just not the case. And it really never is in this conference.”
Friday night is Homecoming night at Bobcat Arena. Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the senior boys game set to tip off at 6 p.m. and the girls game to follow.