Chalk up another team with a good recent history to have been beaten by the resurgent Booneville boys’ basketball team.
The Bearcats (7-3, 2-0) took the measure of Subiaco last Monday, 48-40, at Bearcat Gym in the only senior high action last week. The Trojans were, as recently as two seasons ago, the Class 4A state runner-up. And they did it in spite of scoring leader Caden Yarborough having an off night.
Adam Haney took up the slack with 15 points, while Tucker Knight and Blakley Cobb each registered double-doubles.
Booneville opens play in the Bill Frye Classic in Mansfield next Tuesday against Arkoma, Okla. True to their nickname, these Mustangs love to run and have scored over 90 points twice this season and over 70 another time. The winner plays Vian, Okla., the next afternoon.
Trailing 8-7 early against Subiaco, the Bearcats closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run. Cobb had six of those points, with Haney and Knight adding a basket each. The teams swapped buckets to start the second period before the Trojans went on a 10-0 blitz of their own. Two James Taylor free throws gave Subi a three-point lead, but Cobb converted a three-point play to end the half with the game tied at 22.
After a Trojan basket opened the second half, threes by Yarborough and Haney surrounded a Knight drive to the hole and BHS had regained the lead. A Haney three-pointer put the Cats up 36-30 after three. Subi hit a bonus shot to open the fourth quarter, but Haney and Knight each scored to make the lead seven. After a Knight putback made it 42-36 with two minutes left, Taylor scored and then the Trojans were forced to foul. Camryn Lawson and Yarborough each hit two to make it 46-38 and Logan Bradley dropped in two more to set the final score.
Haney finished with 15 points, with Knight accounting for 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Cobb scored 11 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Haney had three bonus shots among his points, and the Cats tallied five in all for the game.