Season on the line for Berryville girls

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

At some point, the Berryville Lady Bobcats are going to play their most important game of the season so far.

When that is, however, is anyone’s guess.

Berryville, which closed out the regular season with a 47-32 victory over Huntsville on Monday, Feb. 8, was scheduled to host Gravette in the quarterfinals of the 4A-1 district tournament Monday night. The game was postponed because of inclement winter weather and is now scheduled to be played Thursday night at Bobcat Arena.

But with more snow in the forecast, Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said that isn’t guaranteed.

“Obviously that’s a wait and see, based on the weather,” Cornelison said. “The thing is, we’re all in the same boat. We’re dealing with it just like every other school in our conference is dealing with it. It’s a unique situation, one that we haven’t been in in many years — maybe ever, that I can remember, since I’ve been here.”

When the game is played, both teams’ postseason survival will be on the line. The winner will advance to the district tournament semifinals and wrap up a bid to the 4A North Regional Tournament, while the loser will see its season come to an end.

“I really don’t know what we’re going to do when it’s all said and done,” Cornelison said. “If we continue to get this (snow), Thursday is looking sketchy. I don’t know. We’re going to try to practice when we can. Obviously, trying to get kids out in this is not safe at all, so we’ve got to use our heads and keep that in mind. It’s a tough situation, for sure.”

While both teams will be coming off a bit of a layoff when the game is played, Gravette’s will be nearly a week shorter than Berryville’s.

“We practiced a couple of days last week, but it’s not an ideal situation for our kids,” Cornelison said. “Hopefully, we can be as prepared as we possibly can be, and just see what happens. … As a coach, this is really frustrating. It’s out of our hands. You just have to try to make the best of a bad situation.”

In the Feb. 8 victory over Huntsville at Bobcat Arena, senior Lilli Compton led Berryville with 22 points and sophomore Hannah Youngblood scored 10.

Compton scored 15 points from the free-throw line, missing just once in 16 attempts.

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