First quarter drought costs Bobcats in loss to Elkins
ELKINS -- The Berryville Bobcats competed well with the Elkins Elks for three quarters Friday night. The problem for Berryville was, by then it was too late.
Elkins jumped out to a 14-1 lead before Berryville made its first field goal with 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter, and went on to defeat the Bobcats 56-45.
"I wasn't pleased with the way we started," Berryville Coach Brent Compton said. "We weren't mentally focused and didn't come prepared to play."
Berryville started the second quarter on a 6-3 run and after Timmond Turner rebounded a missed free throw and scored, Elkins' lead was cut to 22-16 with four minutes remaining in the first half. With under a minute to go, Seth Hemlinger scored off one of his five steals, cutting the lead to 30-24 at halftime.
"After a slow start I was encouraged that our kids showed some character and fought back and gave us a chance to win the game," Compton said.
Berryville started the third quarter on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 30 with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter. The Bobcats had a chance to take the lead, but missed an open three-pointer and two free throws on consecutive possessions. A 6-2 run put Elkins ahead 38-34 going into the fourth quarter.
Berryville's offense started slowly in the fourth quarter and the Elks stretched their lead to eight points. A basket by Turner cut it back to six with five minutes remaining, but that was as close as Berryville could get.
"We didn't make one shot outside the paint," Compton said. "I would say if you don't make any shots outside the paint, we will not have many chances to win games."
Turner had 15 points and Hemlinger added 13 points for Berryville.
The Bobcats (0-2) will travel to Omaha for the Omaha Border Classic starting Saturday.
Berryville 44, Elkins 36
Aleksei Smith scored 10 points to lead a balanced offensive attack as Berryville (3-2) defeated Elkins. Hannah Noble added nine points and Hayley Skelton scored eight for the Lady Bobcats.
The Lady Bobcats led 18-14 at halftime, but a 10-5 run to start the third quarter gave the Lady Bobcats momentum they built a 36-24 lead going into the fourth quarter.