BV boys, girls win in 1st round of Omaha Tournament

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Berryville Bobcats were still getting over the tryptophan effect of turkey in Saturday night's 45-33 victory over Lead Hill.

Cole Parton made Berryville's only three-pointer of the game in the first quarter, and that helped get Berryville out to an early 10-8 lead. Parton got in foul trouble, however, and the Bobcats were never able to pull away from the Tigers.

"We just never could shake them," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We had an off night shooting and just not as focused."

Berryville led 18-14 at halftime and had a 27-25 lead going into the fourth quarter.

"I think it was the Thanksgiving holiday," Compton said. "We had a little bit of an extra layoff and we probably ate a little more than normal."

The Bobcats will face Omaha on Thursday in the Omaha Border Classic, but before that they host Greenland on Tuesday.

"Greenland will definitely be the best team we have played all year," Compton said. "We have had a little sickness, so we are going to need some other guys to step up."

Seth Helmlinger scored 21 points, while Parton added 12 and Luke Sugg had six.


Berryville 67, Lead Hill 20

The Lady Bobcats started the game slow, but ended it fast. Lead Hill led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Lady Bobcat coach Daniel Cornelison decided to start pressing in the second quarter and his team responded in a major way.

"We got them out of their comfort zone, half-court traps, pressing, and we executed fairly well," Cornelison said. "I was pleased with our effort."

While Cornelison was proud of the performance, he said there are still things his team can take away from the win.

"It is going to be a constant all year," Cornelison said. "There are always teachable moments. We just have to coach them and hopefully we will learn."

The Lady Bobcats play Bakersfield, Mo., on Thursday in the Omaha Border Classic, but on Tuesday evening they host the defending 3A state champion Greenland Lady Pirates.

"They have the majority of that team back," Cornelison said. "We are going to have to control the ball and grind it out. We will push it when we can, but we can't be running it up and down the court. They are a really good team. It will be a good test for us and it is something we need."

Ally Teague scored 22 points for the Lady Bobcats while Jeanessa Smith had 16. Kelcee Hopper had 11 and Hannah Morrell scored 10.

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