The Booneville junior girls picked up their second and third wins of the season last week. They easily handled Van Buren Northridge 45-20 on Thursday before hanging on to a 35-27 decision over Hackett the next night.

The Jr. Bearcats had leads in all three of their games last week, but couldn’t close the deal. They are still looking for their first win. “They need to learn how to finish,” said coach Ronnie Denton.

Subiaco 38 Booneville 30

Booneville got a basket by Christian Shaffer and two Zac Costa free throws in the first quarter but a buzzer-beating layup put the Trojans up 5-4 after one. Arliss Quinalty’s basket started a good second quarter for the Jr. Cats. Kaedon Trejo scored the next nine BJH points, hitting three of four from the line followed by two three-pointers. Shaffer added a steal and layup and a Kaleb Rhodes basket got Booneville on top 19-9 at halftime.

But after the teams swapped baskets to begin the third quarter, Subi threw in the next 10 points to tie the score. Trejo put BJH back on top but Subiaco made a 6-2 run to end the quarter and so led 27-25 after three. Jacob Herrera bagged a three-pointer after the Trojans had scored the first basket of the fourth quarter and Trejo gave Booneville the lead with a basket for 30-29. But that was all the Jr. Cats could muster, as Subi scored the last nine points. Trejo led Booneville with 15 points.

Booneville 45 VB Northridge 20 (girls)

Jadyn Hart had seven of the 13 first-quarter points for the Jr. LadyCats. Josie O’Bar had opened the scoring with Hannah Gregory and Baylee Moses both getting baskets; Hart bagged an 18-footer as time expired for a 13-2 Booneville lead after one. The Jr. LadyCats would also add the first nine points of the second quarter; Gregory had two baskets, Hart a hoop and free throw, and O’Bar made it 22-2 with a layup. It was 23-6 at halftime.

O’Bar and Moses started the third quarter off with baskets before Northridge got on the board, and Moses would add two free throws and another basket to counter the Lady Pointers’ first field goal of the game—a three-pointer—and BJH led 31-11 after three. Northridge scored the first five of the final period, but Brittnie Maness and Gregory had baskets and Hart added two free throws to restore order. Later, the Jr. LadyCats would close the game on a 6-0 run with Sarah Grissom, Moses and Jaden Lowe getting the baskets. Moses finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds; Hart also had 12 points and grabbed five rebounds, and Gregory went for eight and seven, respectively. Northridge failed to score a two-point basket as all their points came on threes and free throws, on which they were 11-for-12.

VB Northridge 30 Booneville 29 (boys)

Former Booneville player Michael McKnight brought his Jr. Pointers to town, and it was a closely contested first period that saw five lead changes. Zac Costa had five of Booneville’s nine points in the quarter—Kaedon Trejo and Kaleb Rhodes had the other baskets—but an 18-footer by Connor Johnson put Northridge up 11-9 after one. Booneville would not score in the second quarter, and three Northridge baskets gave the visitors a 17-9 lead at the break.

The Jr. Cats mounted a third-period rally behind Josh Brackett, who fired home three three-pointers in that quarter. Trejo added another one, but it was Brackett’s third of the period that got BJH within 26-24 after three. Both teams then struggled mightily in the final quarter; a Gary Phillips basket extended the lead to four but Trejo countered with two from the line. Booneville then fouled Phillips who missed the free throw. The Jr. Cats then worked the ball for about 40 seconds before Jacob Herrera found himself open in the corner and his three hit nothing but the bottom of the net, and BJH had the lead with 11 seconds left. But at the other end, a mad scramble ensued. Johnson ended up with a loose ball and hit an 8-foot runner, then Phillips stole the inbounds pass and Northridge had the win.

Brackett’s three bonus shots were good enough to lead the team with nine points; Trejo added eight, with Costa scoring seven and getting 14 rebounds.

Booneville 35 Hackett 27 (girls)

This game started out much the same as the Northridge game did, with Booneville grabbing the early lead with two Jadyn Hart baskets and one by Shelby Posey. Josie O’Bar and Baylee Moses added hoops after HJH broke through on the scoreboard, and baskets by Jessica Parrish and Posey made it 14-4 after one. But the second period was disjointed as after Posey scored again, the Jr. LadyCats endured a long scoring drought. Moreover, they were fouling and putting Hackett on the line; Moses had four fouls and Hart and Gregory three each at halftime. Fortunately, the Lady Hornets hit just 1-of-12 free throws. They did score two baskets to cut the lead to nine, but Gregory bagged two from the line, O’Bar hit a free throw and Brittnie Maness scored just before the buzzer to give BJH a 21-9 lead.

Moses opened the second half with a free throw, but after missing a shot underneath she fouled in frustration and her night was done. HJH continued to struggle from the line. They did get within seven, but Gregory and Posey each scored to make it 26-17 after three. The Lady Hornets showed some spunk as they cut the lead to four, but Parrish connected on a big three-pointer. Autumn Neal then tried to bring Hackett back by herself; she induced Gregory into her fifth foul and bagged her free throws. Posey answered but Neal hit from 15 and completed a three-point play to get HJS within four. But they got no closer as Posey hit a tough 10-footer and O’Bar ended the suspense with two from the line.

Posey finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. O’Bar had five points, the same as Parrish, and added five blocks. Hart was limited to four points, but handed out five assists. Every Booneville basket—14 in all—had an assist to go with it as the Jr. LadyCats shot 50% for the second game in a row.

Hackett 42 Booneville 37 (boys)

Booneville had the lead late in the first quarter courtesy of a Josh Brackett three-pointer, but Avery Hester got a putback to send the Hornets on top 7-6 after one. A free throw and layup by Zac Costa took care of that, but Hester scored the next four HJH points to counter another Costa free throw. The Hornets took a three-point lead but Jarrett Mitchell scored inside, Brackett added two free throws and Jacob Herrera another. Hester tied the game again but Booneville scored the last four, with a Herrera layup putting Booneville up 19-15 at the break.

Costa hit two free throws and Rusty Maloy scored on a runout to put the Jr. Cats up by six, but Hackett went on a 7-2 run to draw within one at 25-24 after three. Brackett got a layup for a three-point lead but at that point turnovers began to hurt, and the Hornets, with Jack Terrell getting six of the points, went on a 13-2 run to go up by eight. Booneville tried to rally, getting back within three after Kaedon Trejo knocked down a three, but Hester scored the next four to put it in the win column for Hackett. Brackett led Booneville with 10 points, and Costa and Trejo added seven each.