Lady Bobcats bounce back

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Berryville sophomore Hannah Youngblood drives to the basket past two Shiloh Christian defenders in last Friday’s game at Bobcat Arena.
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If there’s one word to describe this season’s Berryville Lady Bobcats, it’s resilient.

Coach Daniel Cornelison’s team is clearly in a rebuilding season after several years among the state’s elite Class 4A programs. But that doesn’t mean the Lady Bobcats are giving any less effort and it doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of being a factor in the 4A-1 East division race.

Berryville’s resilience was on full display last week when the Lady Bobcats shook off a 72-45 road loss to Gravette on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and came back to beat Shiloh Christian 50-38 Friday night at Bobcat Arena.

“We have just great kids that compete and want to win,” Cornelison said. “It’s just, we haven’t had as much success on the road. And it’s tough to win in this league on the road. I mean, it really is. We’re not the only team that’s struggling to win on the road.”

In the loss at Gravette, Berryville fell behind 45-21 at halftime and never got within striking distance of the Lady Lions, who made six three-pointers in the first half and finished with nine.

It was a different story against Shiloh Christian on Friday, however. This time, it was the Lady Bobcats who sank six three-pointers in the first half on the way to a 29-19 halftime lead.

Senior guard Lilli Compton scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the first half. Senior Lauren Compton and sophomore Hannah Youngblood added 13 points apiece for the Lady Bobcats.

“I’m so proud of the girls for just hanging in there all year,” he said. “We’ve we’ve had ups and downs, but they haven’t quit. We go and not play our best basketball on Tuesday night for sure. And it was pretty frustrating. They were frustrated. And then come back Friday night and step on the floor and play like we did, it’s a credit to the girls’ character for sure.”

Berryville faces a difficult schedule this week, with a road trip to Huntsville on Tuesday followed by a home game against Harrison on Friday.

“We’ve got to put ourselves in a position here to make a little run at something,” Cornelison said. “It’d be nice if we could finish the season strong and and see what happens.”

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