Berryville girls upset Pea Ridge, overpower Prairie Grove

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

It’s taken a little while for the Berryville Lady Bobcats to get their bearings this season, but two big wins last week seem to have Berryville pointed in the right direction.

Berryville started its successful week with an upset victory on Tuesday, beating Pea Ridge 45-35 at Bobcat Arena.

The Lady Blackhawks (15-3) are ranked fifth in Arkansas’ Class 4A by MaxPreps. But they were no match for Berryville, especially early and late.

The Lady Bobcats outscored Pea Ridge 22-15 in the first half, but the Lady Blackhawks rallied to take a 29-28 lead by the end of the third quarter. Berryville regained control by outscoring Pea Ridge 17-6 over the final eight minutes to claim the victory.

Senior point guard Lilli Compton scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Bobcats flipped the script from a loss three days earlier at Farmington when they scored just one point in the fourth quarter.

“We talked about that, especially at halftime of that game,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. “We put ourselves in position to win the game. We did it against Farmington, and we didn’t go out there and seal the deal. And I said, ‘you’ve got to go win the game. You can’t go out there and play to not lose. You’ve got to go win the game and you got to stay aggressive.’ And then we did. We kept attacking then. When you go on the offensive instead of on your heels, you have a lot better results. That’s exactly what we did. That was a big win for us. They’re obviously, one of the best teams in the state. It was a big win and big confidence booster for us.”

Senior Lauren Compton and sophomore Hannah Youngblood added 10 points apiece for the Lady Bobcats, who seem to be coming into their own after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out all of spring and summer practice and forced the postponement of several games early in the season.

“We didn’t have a summer,” Cornelison said. “We did not have a spring. And all of them play volleyball. And they’re all new to each other. We just have not had an opportunity to play a bunch of basketball together and really gel. It hurt us. And I think we’re just now starting to try to figure out what each other can do and gain confidence in one another.”

Berryville continued its successful week on Friday, beating Prairie Grove 49-29 on homecoming night at Bobcat Arena. Lilli Compton scored 25 points to lead the Lady Bobcats while Youngblood added 10. Berryville led 28-16 at halftime.

Berryville will travel to Gravette on Tuesday before hosting Shiloh Christian on Friday.

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