Scoring spree: Bobcats pile up points in 2 wins

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Berryville senior point guard Kade Davidson scored 39 points in two wins for the Bobcats last week.
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School was out of session last week, but the Berryville Bobcats were hard at work.

The Bobcats picked up back-to-back home victories on consecutive days, defeating Kingston 75-30 on Monday, Dec. 21, before following up the next day with a 87-51 vic-tory over Lincoln.

Berryville dominated from start to finish against Kings-ton, racing out to a 54-18 half-time lead.

Senior point guard Kade Davidson led four Bobcats in double figures with 21 points, ll in the first half. Juniors Nate Allen and Jake Wilson added 12 points apiece while junior D.J. Colbert added 11. Senior center Weston Teague scored all nine of his points in the second half.

Berryville made 10 three pointers — four by Allen and three apiece by Davidson and Colbert.

The Bobcats’ high offensive output continued the next day against Lincoln. Berryville led 52-37 at halftime — for a total of 106 first-half points in two games.

Allen made five three-point-ers and led the Bobcats with 21 points. Wilson scored 19, with Davidson adding 18 and Teague 17.

Coach Brent Compton said controlling the tempo was key to Berryville’s offensive suc-cess.

“We play better when the pace is faster,” Compton said. “Every loss that we’ve had, it’s because it’s been a slow-it-down, grind-it-out type game. When we can get up and down the court, we like it a lot bet-ter. We shoot it better, we’re in better rhythm. We just like the tempo up.”

Compton intentionally put together a difficult schedule this season, hoping the com-petition would prepare the Bobcats to contend for a 4A-1 conference championship and make another postseason run after they reached the second round of the state tournament last season.

Thirteen games into the season, Berryville is 9-4 and Compton said he has been pleased with the Bobcats’ per-formance. Three of their losses have been by nine points or fewer.

“I feel good about it,” Compton said. “In all those games, we were right there. Now, we laid an egg against Gainesville, but the other three losses, we were right there with a chance to win. It could have gone either way. So I feel good about it. I think those games that we played early re-ally showed up this week and I think they’ll show up moving forward, just the level of competi-tion that we’ve been used to playing.”

Berryville is host-ing the Holiday Hoops tournament this week at Bobcat Arena, start-ing with a 7:20 p.m. game Tuesday against Hamburg.

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