Chemistry is key for Lady Bobcats

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Senior forward Faith Kelley is a returning starter for the Berryville Lady Bobcats.
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The Berryville Lady Bobcats return three starters from last season’s team that advanced to the Class 4A state tournament, but they’ll also feature some newcomers playing key roles.

With that in mind, coach Daniel Cornelison said learning to play together will be a priority as Berryville opens its season Thursday night in the Queens of the Court tournament in Green Forest. Berryville will play the winner of Monday night’s first-round game between Lead Hill and Lincoln.

“I like what we have,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. “I like the pieces we have. But chemistry is going to be an issue for a while. We just haven’t played a lot together.”

Returning starters Faith Kelley, Anni Armer and Hannah Youngblood will be joined in the starting lineup by senior Madison Beck and freshman Taelor Tomlinson.

“We’re small, and that’s a concern for sure,” Cornelison said. “We’re going to have to overcome some obstacles. We’re going to have to play hard and we’re going to have to figure out a way to put the ball in the basket. If we can do that, we’ll be OK.”

Kelley, Youngblood and Armer are all capable three-point shooters, and that could help offset the Lady Bobcats’ lack of size.

Cornelison said he’s eager to see how his team performs in live game action.

“We’re excited,” he said. “We’re ready to start playing. We need to play to figure out where we are.”

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