Holiday Hoops: Lady Bobcats take fourth place

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Berryville junior guard Hannah Youngblood handles the ball against Rector.
David Bell / Carroll County News

The Berryville Lady Bobcats’ success on the basketball court this season depends largely on their three-point shooting.

When the Lady Bobcats are shooting well from behind the arc — such as in a 52-29 victory over Hamburg in the first round of the Holiday Hoops tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at Bobcat Arena — they can be hard to handle.

But when the long shots aren’t falling, the Lady Bobcats sometimes struggle. After its first-round win, Berryville lost to eventual champion Rector 44-326 in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday, Dec. 29, then lost the third-place game to Danville 41-37 on Thursday, Dec. 30.

“When we don’t shoot the ball well, we’re not going to win very many games,” Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. “We rely heavily on the three, and when the three-ball is not falling, it’s going to be a little tougher on us.”

The Lady Bobcats made nine three-pointers in the win over Hamburg, including six in the first half.

Junior guard Hannah Youngblood made four three-pointers and scored a game-high 14 points, all in the first half.

Senior forward Faith Kelley added 11 points for Berryville, which led 35-10 at halftime, and senior guard Anni Armer had nine.

“When we make that many threes, we’re a tough out,” Cornelison said.

Against Rector, Berryville trailed 24-15 at halftime but was within six points in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bobcats made 19 free throws in 25 attempts, including six for six for all of their first-quarter points.

“We played a really good ballgame,” Cornelison said. “We competed really hard, we guarded hard, we played hard against the team that ended up winning the tournament. We tried to make a run at ’em and just didn’t get a couple of shots to fall. Honestly, that was one of the best games of the tournament. I was really proud of our effort. The kids played really hard. When we do that, we give ourselves a chance.”

Berryville will host Shiloh Christian on Tuesday and then have an open date on Friday before traveling to Huntsville on Jan. 11.

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