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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Kelcee Hopper (20) of Berryville fights for a loose ball against Gravette. Hopper is one of five juniors on the team for Berryville, which is 28-2 on the season.

SPRINGDALE -- Berryville is 28-2 with its only losses coming at the hands of Gravette and Pocahontas, the defending state champion in Class 4A.

Even more impressive is the Lady Bobcats have only one senior on their roster after reaching the state semifinals the past two seasons.

Regional Basketball Tournaments

Class 4A North Region

at Berryville

Girls

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-4 Pottsville vs. 4th-1 Huntsville, 4 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1 Gravette vs. 4th-4 West Fork, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1 Berryville vs. 3rd-4 Dardanelle, 4 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-4 Ozark vs. 3rd-1 Prairie Grove, 7 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, noon

Game 8 Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-4 Pottsville vs. 4th-1 Gravette, 5:30 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1 Berryville vs. 4th-4 Ozark, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1 Shiloh Christian vs. 3rd-4 Booneville, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-4 Subiaco Academy vs. 3rd-1 Pea Ridge, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.

Game 8 Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 3A Region 1

at Two Rivers, Ola

Girls

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-4 Two Rivers vs. 4th-1W Cedarville, 4 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1W Charleston vs. 4th-4 Jessieville, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1W Elkins vs. 3rd-4 Perryville, 4 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-4 Lamar vs. 3rd-1W Greenland, 7 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, noon

Game 8 Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-4 Perryville vs. 4th-1W Mansfield, 5:30 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1 Charleston vs. 4th-4 Two Rivers, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1W Elkins vs. 3rd-4 Paris, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-4 Jessieville vs. 3rd-1W Cedarville, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.

Game 8 Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 3A Region 3

at Melbourne

Girls

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-3 Riverside vs. 4th-4 Bergman, 4 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1E Mountain View vs. 4th-3 Rivercrest, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1E Melbourne vs. 3rd-3 Corning, 4 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-3 Hoxie vs. 3rd-1E Valley Springs, 7 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, noon

Game 8 Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-3 Manila vs. 4th-1E Marshall, 5:30 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1E Valley Springs vs. 4th-3 Corning, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1E Clinton vs. 3rd-3 Rivercrest, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-3 Osceola vs. 3rd-1E Yellville-Summit, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.

Game 8 Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 2A West/Central Region

at Magazine

Girls

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-4E Quitman vs. 4th-4W Lavaca, 4 p.m.

Game 2 1st-4W Johnson County Westside vs. 4th-4E Conway Christian, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-4W Danville vs. 3rd-4E Bigelow, 4 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-4E Pangburn vs. 3rd-4W Hackett, 7 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, noon

Game 8 Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-4E Quitman vs. 4th-4W Magazine, 5:30 p.m.

Game 2 1st-4W Lavaca vs. 4th-4E White County Central, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-4W Hackett vs. 3rd-4E England, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-4E Jacksonville Lighthouse vs. 3rd-4W Eureka Springs, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.

Game 8 Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 1A Region 1

at Alpena

Girls

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-1E Jasper vs. 4th-1NW Omaha, 4 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1NW Lead Hill vs. 4th-1E Bruno-Pyatt, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1NW Alpena vs. 3rd-1E Western Grove, 4 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-1E St. Joe vs. 3rd-1NW Kingston, 7 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, noon

Game 8 Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-1E Western Grove vs. 4th-1NW Lead Hill, 5:30 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1NW Omaha vs. 4th-1E Bruno-Pyatt, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1NW Kingston vs. 3rd-1E Jasper, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-1E Deer vs. 3rd-1NW Alpena, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.

Game 8 Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 1A Region 4

at Dierks

Girls

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-7W Kirby vs. 4th-1W Western Yell County, 4 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1W County Line vs. 4th-7W Dierks, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1W Scranton vs. 3rd-7W Mount Ida, 4 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-7W Acorn vs. 3rd-1W St. Paul, 7 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, noon

Game 8 Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Wednesday

Game 1 1st-7W Kirby vs. 4th-1W Western Yell County, 5:30 p.m.

Game 2 1st-1W Scranton vs. 4th-7W Oden, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Game 3 2nd-1W County Line vs. 3rd-7W Dierks, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4 2nd-7W Acorn vs. 3rd-1W Hartford, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.

Game 8 Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Berryville will face Dardanelle at 4 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Class 4A North Regional Tournament at home in Bobcat Arena. The Lady Bobcats will attempt to regain momentum after losing to Gravette 49-44 on Saturday in the championship game of the 4A-1 Conference Tournament at Lincoln.

The defeat ended a 14-game winning streak for Berryville, which is a combined 72-27 the past three seasons.

"Berryville is very good defensively," Huntsville coach Charles Berry said. "They play the 2-1-2 very well with two good guards and two good post girls. They can press you and do about anything to you they want."

Berryville is a junior-dominated team with four players averaging between 12 and nearly 10 points per game. Baylea Smith and Aspen Smith, the lone senior on the team, are the starting guards and sophomore Lexy Anderson plays the forward position. Berryville is intimidating inside with Kelcee Hopper and Hannah Morrell, a pair of 6-foot juniors.

"That makes it hard for people to try and guard us," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "They play off each other so well and when people try to help to defend the bigs, that leaves our guards open. It can be a nightmare matchup for some teams trying to guard us."

It wasn't a nightmare for Gravette, which outplayed Berryville in the second half. Gravette used a gambling, pressure defense that forced Berryville into a string of turnovers while outscoring the Lady Bobcats 26-17 in the second half.

Pottsville also pulled a surprise by beating Ozark 67-51 in its conference championship game on Saturday. The defeat was the first of the season for Ozark (24-1), which plays Prairie Grove in the 7 p.m. game on Thursday. Pottsville will play Huntsville, and Gravette will face West Fork today in first-round games.

"We'll have, I think, four of the Top 10 teams in the state (Class 4A) here," Cornelison said. "It's going to be a lot of fun with some quality basketball, I can tell you that."

Like many athletes in a small town, the Berryville girls are a tight-knit group who've grown up playing sports together. Seven of the girls also play volleyball and helped Berryville win the conference tournament at Lincoln last fall.

"We're all best friends, so our chemistry is great," said Hopper, who scored 19 points against Gravette after Morrell and Anderson got into foul trouble. "Hannah, it's wonderful having her down there with me. We've got each other's back. She knows when I'm going to throw the ball and I know when she's going to throw it."

Berryville is eager for another postseason run after being eliminated by Pottsville and Central Arkansas Christian in the semifinals of the state tournament the past two seasons. The Lady Bobcats know the pursuit can end with one bad game or one bad half like they had against Gravette.

"I like our team, I like our character, and I like how hard we play," Cornelison said. "I think we're pretty good, but you have to get some breaks along the way as well."

Sports on 02/21/2018

Print Headline: Berryville girls eager for another postseason run

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