Basketball: Lady Bobcats enjoying more routine summer

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Berryville Lady Bobcats had a successful 2020-21 basketball season, advancing to the regional tournament despite having to overcome some adverse circumstances created by COVID-19 protocols.

The pandemic meant that the Lady Bobcats’ spring and summer workouts were wiped out, so it took a while for coach Daniel Cornelison’s team to work out the kinks in the regular season.

This summer, however, has been quite different — in a good way.

“It’s been nice,” Cornelison said. “We got a chance to actually go to camps and have practices and and do all that stuff. So you get a chance to kind of evaluate your players and kind of figure out a little bit about what to do during basketball season.”

The Lady Bobcats will have to replace two key starters in point guard Lilli Compton, last season’s leading scorer, and forward Lauren Compton, a tenacious defender and rebounder. Senior forwards Faith Kelley and Anni Armer and junior guard Hannah Youngblood will be returning starters next season.

“We’ll definitely have some new pieces to the puzzle, so to speak,” Cornelison said. “We’ve just got to figure out how they mesh together and then try to figure out the pieces and where to put them. That’s kind of what all coaches do in the summer, is just try to evaluate that stuff and try to figure out what’s best. So that’s kind of what we’ve been doing.”

The two-week summer “dead period” mandated by the Arkansas Activities Association ended earlier this month, and Cornelison said the Lady Bobcats went right back to work.

“We’re back to the weights and workouts,” he said.

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