Wolves howl after Bobcats win
The Lincoln Wolves ducked an incoming winter blast Tuesday when they traveled to Berryville for three games, but couldn't duck two red-hot Bobcat senior high teams that both recorded big wins.
The Lady Bobcats moved their record to 12-2, 5-0 with a 67-43 win over a 6-5, 2-3 Lady Wolves squad. The Bobcats got 30 points from Joey Curtis and upped their record to 9-3, 4-1, with a 68-37 victory.
The only loss of the night came when the Junior Lady Bobcats fell 41-16 to a speedy, aggressive Lincoln junior girls team. Berryville did win a JV boys game, 58-25, that was played in the old gym.
BOBCATS VS LINCOLN
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Senior High Boys
23-10, 39-20, 57-29, 68-37
Bobcat Joey Curtis exploded for three 3-point baskets and four layups the first quarter to spark Berryville to a 23-10 first quarter edge as he netted 17 points that period.
Curtis finished with six 3-pointers, hitting three more in the second half, and 5 rebounds. His teammates weren't coasting as he racked up the points, as Drew Ray finished with 17, and had 8 steals and 3 rebounds to go with his points.
"Joey needed a game like this after he didn't score much in a couple of games," Coach Brent Compton said. "It was good for him and good for the team going into the Alma tournament next week.
"Drew didn't shoot the ball well, but he played good defense and ran our offense."
Geoff West became a force inside as he scored 9 and grabbed 9 rebounds, and also swished a couple of outside shots, including a three. Josh Kriesel (7 rebs) and Brent Moore (5 rebs) both netted five points.
"Geoff found a way to get it done," Compton said. "He's 2 for 2 on threes this season."
The team hit 10 of 19 free throws, while Lincoln was just 6 of 9, and held the Wolves to just one player in double figures, Fickle with 14.
Scoring- BV- Curtis- 30, 6 3s, 5R; Ray- 17, 8S, 3R; West- 9, 1 3s, 9R; 5's- Kriesel, 7R, & Moore, 5R; 1's- Billy Shaw, Stevin Williams. LN- Fickle- 14; Manjarres- 8; McGarrah- 6.
Senior High Girls
8-8, 33-16, 45-30, 67-43
The two teams played even the first quarter, then Lady Bobcats Hailey Blanchard and Mackenzie Howerton gave their team a spark in the second with long threes that put them up 16-8.
Berryville turned the heat up with their full court press and went on a 12-2 run to end the first half up 33-16 as Katie Tennant, Ivie Deweese and Courtney Moore came off the bench to give the team a lift and some points.
Moore had a break-out night, scoring 11, grabbing 4 rebounds, swishing a three, and hitting 4 of 6 at the line.
The game was rough in the second half, as Lady Bobcat Emily Bell battled inside with Lincoln's Sisk, who also hit several threes in the game.
But Howerton scored inside, then Blanchard got a steal and layup with 2:54 to play, and Berryville led 41-24. Lincoln scored twice in the last 35 seconds to keep it close at 15 for the final period.
Hard-working guard Emma Cantele hustled all over the floor, including under the basket, and came away with 7 points and an amazing 11 rebounds.
When Blanchard hit another three with 3:05 left in the game, it put Berryville up 56-35 and safely on the way to another win.
Scoring- BV- 12's- Bell, 8R, & Blanchard, 3 3s; 11's- Howerton, 7R, & Moore, 4R, 4/6 Fts.; Leah Stidham- 8; Cantele- 7, 11R; Tennant- 4; Ivie Deweese- 1. Team- 7/12 Fts. LN- Sisk- 15, 2 3s; Abshier- 14; Reeves- 6. Team- 7/14 Fts.
Junior High Girls
2-11, 10-28, 14-34, 16-41
Lincoln had speed to burn, and burned it fast as they took an early lead and kept it.
Berryville had trouble getting the ball down the court against Lincoln's press, and even when they got to the offensive end players could expect a rocketing Lincoln player to dash through their dribble and disrupt things.
Seventh-grader Elise Holman did manage to score 10 points, with Ashley Edens, Tori Grim and Danielle Changus all scoring 2 points each.
For Lincoln, Hamme had 13 and was 6 of 8 at the line, with Villines scoring 10.