Booneville’s junior girls picked up their first win of the young basketball season, pressuring Hartford into 33 turnovers last Tuesday in a 43-15 triumph in the Earl White Classic in Hackett. But the shoe was on the other foot against Cedarville the next day as the Jr. LadyCats were forced into 26 turnovers by Cedarville in a 49-25 setback.
The junior boys still seek their first win of the campaign as they dropped decisions to Hartford and Pleasant View during the tournament. The Jr. Bearcats are a very young team that features only three freshmen.
The Jr. LadyCats played County Line last Saturday for third place, while the boys played a consolation game earlier that day. Because of an early deadline those results will appear in next week’s paper.
Booneville 43 Hartford 15 (girls)
Hannah Gregory started things with a layup and Booneville’s pressure took over from there. Jadyn Hart then hit from 18 and added a layup after Shelby Posey’s free throw. A Hart free throw and two more from Gregory made it 14-0 before Hartford scored at the buzzer. Two free throws and a basket by Hart started a big second quarter in which Booneville blew the game wide open. Jaden Lowe followed with two free throws; later, after a Posey basket, Baylee Moses got on a roll, scoring eight of the next nine Booneville points as the Jr. LadyCats led 31-9 at the break.
Josie O’Bar got in on the act to start the second half and after Hartford converted a three-point play, they would not score the rest of the period. Meantime, Hart got a basket and two free throws and Moses added to her tally, making it 39-12 after three. Belle McLemore accounted for all the Booneville scoring in the fourth quarter with two baskets.
Hart led Booneville with 13 points with Moses adding 10. Booneville outrebounded Hartford easily despite no individual having over three rebounds; the key was that six Jr. LadyCats had that number.
Hartford 41 Booneville 17 (boys)
When the other team has a 6-3 player at the junior high level, sometimes a team doesn’t expect him to score from outside. But Hartford’s Zac Gragg made Booneville respect that part of his game with two quick threes. Booneville had the reply though as Christian Shaffer scored twice and Kaedon Trejo canned two bonus shots of his own, and Booneville led 10-9 after one. Trejo added a layup for a three-point lead but the Jr. Cats wouldn’t score again in the half. Gragg (22 points, 12 rebounds) converted consecutive three-point plays as Hartford scored the next 15, capped by a three from the big guy as the Hustlers led 24-12 at the half.
Josh Brackett opened the second half with a three-pointer, but again Booneville could muster no further offense in the quarter and Hartford led 31-15 after three. Trejo got the only points for BJH in the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws; he led the team with 10 points.
Cedarville 49 Booneville 25 (girls)
The Lady Pirates scored the first six points before two Jadyn Hart free throws got BJH going. Hannah Gregory, after a Cedarville basket, got a layup and was fouled. She missed but Brittnie Maness cleaned it up and Booneville was within two. CJH scored the last three points of the quarter for a five-point lead. Gregory hit from 10 to keep it close but a cold spell at the line enabled Cedarville to start pulling away. They led 20-12 at halftime.
Cedarville blew it open in the third quarter as Booneville only got two free throws by Hart and a Gregory basket, while the Lady Pirates ran off 16 points. They led by 20 after three quarters. Sarah Grissom scored her first basket of the season early in the fourth quarter; later, Jessica Parrish accounted for the Jr. LadyCats’ first three-pointer of the campaign. Gregory and Hart each scored seven to lead Booneville, while Maness grabbed seven rebounds.
Pleasant View 37 Booneville 22 (boys)
The Hornets scored the first 12 points of the game as Booneville had trouble dealing with PV’s press. Kaleb Rhodes finally got the Jr. Cats on the board with two free throws, then Kaedon Trejo hit a three and scored with a layup to cut the lead to five before PV scored late in the quarter. Both teams played decent defense in the second quarter; Christian Shaffer hit a 10-footer and Trejo’s layup pulled Booneville within 17-11 but the Hornets scored the last four to take a 21-11 lead into the locker room.
Rhodes dropped one in to start the second half, but that was to be the only Booneville basket of the third quarter. Pleasant View scored the other nine points and led 30-13 after three. The lead ballooned to 22 before Zac Costa made a steal and layup. Jacob Herrera hit from 12, then Austin Benson scored two baskets and Austin Weaver added a free throw to make it look a bit more respectable. Trejo led Booneville with seven points, while Rhodes scored four and added seven rebounds.