Teams battle for Holiday Tourney semifinals
GREEN FOREST -- The 50th Annual Green Forest Holiday Tournament was marching on toward the finals Wednesday night with three games that would put the winners into the semifinal round on Thursday.
The Bobcats of Berryville started the action with a 55-35 win over the Yellville-Summit Panthers. Then the host Lady Tigers sent Eureka Springs packing in a 50-30 victory. The nightcap saw the host Tigers stop the Kingston Yellowjackets 42-35.
Bobcats vs. Panthers
19-13, 33-23, 46-27, 55-35
A sluggish Berryville team, tired from a huge road victory over Farmington the night before, overcame a tie at 19-all in the second quarter to take a 33-23 lead at halftime.
Cody Curtis, Doug Marley and Brad Newberry all nailed threes for the lead. Berryville hit five 3-pointers the first half, then fired their defense up the second half to overwhelm Yellville-Summit.
"We were stronger overall and wore them down," Coach Brent Compton said. "We shared the ball well, played as a team and shot the ball well.
"The last two games Doug Marley has really exerted himself and that has really helped us," Compton said.
Berryville held the Panthers to just four points in the third quarter, while Newberry was pulling off a four-point play in the final minute.
He took a great skip pass and unleashed a three, then was knocked flat by a defender as the ball swished the net. He canned the free throw, and Berryville led 46-27 after three quarters.
In the fourth, Curtis found post Clayton Taff for a fast break layup, then Jared Wolfinbarger nailed a three and it was 51-29 and sub time. Yellville scored just 12 points the second half.
Scoring- BV- D.?Marley- 14, 2 3s, 2/2 Fts; Curtis- 13, 2 3s; Newberry- 12, 3 3s; Taff- 6; Wolfinbarger- 5; Cheston Jennings- 3; Geoff West- 2. Y-S- Vickers- 10; 6's- Baley, Murray.
Lady Tigers vs. Highlanders
9-7, 24-16, 34-19, 50-30
Green Forest hit a three to take the lead after one quarter, then forced Eureka turnovers with their press and jumped out 22-15 before leading 24-16 at the half.
The Lady Tigers went on a 10-3 run in the third quarter to lead 34-19 as the Lady Highlanders kept turning the ball over, then pulled away in the fourth for a 20 point win.
"We were more consistent," Coach Kayla Madewell said. "Our defensive rotation was weak on the back side, but overall our focus and intensity was much improved.
"We had nine score. Chelsea Leathers scored eight. She plays hard every second she's on the floor. Overall, it was a good performance for our team. It's the first time the girls have advanced to the second round in the last six years."
Scoring- GF- Leathers- 8; 7's- Katie Heads, Kimberlee Watson; 6's- Courtney Ruff, Kasey Barinsky; 4's- Amelia Villines, Kayla Grigg; Kamarra Hoppe- 3; Janessa Carlton- 2. ES- Kelly Clarke- 9, 2 3s; Amanda Dunham- 7; Shelby Sebby- 5; Jane Soriano- 3; 2's- Clare McCormick, Abbi Jeppsen, Callie Smith.
Tigers vs. Yellowjackets
11-6, 21-16, 33-29, 42-35
Tiger towers Craig Couey and Matt McCoy worked well inside against the Yellowjacket 1-3-1 zone and scored 7 and 8 points respectively, helping the team to a 33-19 edge late in the third quarter.
Kingston didn't go away, as they closed to 33-29 after three quarters, then to 37-35 with 2:12 to play. It took free throws by Justin Reece, Couey and Kyle Kleffman to hold Kingston off.
"We had an 11-point lead, then I subbed so we could get some experience, and they had turnovers two or three times and we let them back in it," Tiger coach Bill Niven said. "Our kids hung in there, hit some free throws and got some big offensive rebounds at the end."
Niven called two timeouts in the final minutes, saying, "I wanted to make sure we got the ball inbounds, and into the hands of our free throw shooters."
Scoring- GF- Reece- 13; McCoy- 8; Couey- 7; Josh Dudley- 6; Kleffman- 4; 2's- Will Mullen, John Asbury. Team- 7/13 Fts., 7/11 4th. KN- Logan Riley- 16; Michael Davis- 12.