Lady Bobcats reach finals of Omaha Border Classic, finish second
OMAHA -- The Berryville Lady Bobcats improved one spot in the 2005 Community First Bank Omaha Border Classic, making it to the finals before losing to 19-0 Bergman, one of Class AA's top two teams.
Berryville finished third last year, beating Kingston on the final night, but this year defeated Omaha 55-25 in their opener, then Alpena 58-55 last Thursday to advance to the championship game.
Their Saturday matchup with Bergman turned into their second loss of the season, a 59-44 defeat in the finals that left them 5-2.
"We were prepared, but not ready," Coach Matt Carter said about the game. "Bergman is No. 2 in Class AA and they defended well. We played hard, but let it get away from us in the second quarter."
The Lady Bobcats start 1AAA Conference play tonight at home against Green Forest, then travel to Elkins on Friday.
OMAHA BORDER CLASSIC
Thursday, Dec. 1
16-15, 29-32, 41-41, 58-55
It was a battle all the way, even at the free throw line, where the Lady Leopards (11-3) made 19 of 21, 9 of 10 in the fourth, with Berryville (5-1) netting 16 of 23, 6 of 10 in the fourth.
"It was a good game. Alpena is much improved," Coach Carter said. "Our kids played better tonight, rebounded better and did a good job on the boards. We scored 38 points inside. I was pleased with that part. We also made better decisions down the stretch."
Berryville's Emily Bell went to work in this game and finished with 25 points, 12 in the crucial fourth quarter, and made 9 of 14 from the line.
Alpena's Makala McNair answered, scoring 18, including four 3-pointers, but Berryville's Courtney Moore defended well and McNair went scoreless in the final period.
Lady Leopard Kaysi Gibbons also hit for 18 with her inside moves and was 8 of 9 at the line, and 6 of 6 in the fourth. Kila Redding scored 13 and was 7 of 8 at the line, but Bell was unstoppable when the Lady Bobcats needed it.
It was a free throw contest at the end after Bell scored her eighth point in a row with 2:30 to play, putting Berryville up 53-51. Alpena missed a shot and the Lady Bobcats spread out and held the ball.
Moore hit two free throws at the 1:45 mark to lead 54-51, then Bell made one with 41 seconds to go to make it 56-52. She missed her second, but Moore grabbed the rebound. Bell got another chance with 10 seconds to go and hit one to make it 57-52, Berryville.
The Lady Leopards weren't through as Redding swished a long three with two ticks on the clock to make it 57-55, and Bell made her last free throw to make it 58-55.
Scoring- BV- Bell- 25, 9/14 Fts; Mahalie Armstrong- 8; Haley Blanchard- 6; Moore- 6, 2/2; Kim Whetsten- 5, 2/2; Ivie Deweese- 4, 2/2; Team- 16/23 Fts. ALP- McNair- 18, 4 3s; Gibbons- 18, 8/9 Fts; Redding- 13, 2 3s, 7/8 Fts; Kylee Daniels- 6, 2/2 Fts. Team- 19/21 Fts.
Saturday, Dec. 3
11-20, 15-37, 25-48, 44-59
The Lady Panthers used their quickness, ball hawking off the press, and sharp passes to take an early lead they never gave up. Berryville seemed out of sync and couldn't stop Bergman's Ashley Taylor, who scored 19, and Kellie Ruff, who had 13.
Top gun for Berryville was guard Courtney Moore, who netted 14 points. Mckenzie Howerton chipped in 9, Ivie Deweese 7, Emily Bell 5, Kim Whetsten 3, and with two, Katie Tennant and Ashley Edens.