Smarting from their loss to Magazine in the Mansfield tournament (that game is covered by Glenn in another article), the Booneville Bearcats took out their frustrations on Cedarville in a big way last Tuesday night at Bearcat Gym. The Bearcats (10-5, 3-0 combined conference) opened up on the Pirates early and never let up, going on to a 61-33 win over a team that played a full-strength Charleston squad a six-point game earlier in the season.
The LadyCats played an excellent defensive game, but could not get much started offensively until it was too late, as the Lady Pirates finished with a 34-20 win.
The homecoming games against Mansfield last Friday were postponed due to inclement weather. The homecoming ceremony was moved to last night’s contests against Waldron, while the Mansfield games will now take place tonight (Wednesday) after the seventh-grade contests with Charleston finish. A key matchup awaits the Bearcats Friday night at Ozark.
Bearcats 61 Cedarville 33
After an early exchange of baskets, the Bearcats ran off 12 points in a row. Logan Bradley started it with two free throws, then stole a pass and made a layup. Two Caden Yarborough free throws followed, then Tucker Knight got a putback and Blakley Cobb scored two layups before the Pirates finally answered. A Yarborough three made it 17-4 before CHS scored last in the period. Booneville, though, added the next seven points, capped by two Yarborough free throws to make it 24-6. Cedarville then scored twice, but Josh Scott scored two baskets and Cobb added a hoop and a free throw as the Bearcats led 31-11 at the half.
Cedarville kept pace with the Cats for the first half of the third quarter, but the second half of it was all Booneville. Adam Haney started the 8-0 run to end the third quarter with a three and then Yarborough made three steals in a row, converting them into five points, and the Cats led 49-21 after three. Yarborough wasted no time taking his defender to the basket to start the final period. This invoked the mercy rule and after Yarborough fed Cobb for a layup, Coach Ronnie Denton emptied the bench. Dalton Parrish and Tucker Siddons each hit a three-pointer and Jacob Gregory closed out the Booneville scoring with a layup.
Yarborough finished the night with 16 points, five assists and five steals. Cobb finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while Bradley scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four blocks. This last number tied the team record for a game, set twice by Jade Black. Booneville forced 25 Cedarville turnovers while committing only nine.
Cedarville 34 LadyCats 20
The LadyCats’ defense was solid in the first quarter, but Cedarville’s was better, not allowing Booneville to score. The Lady Pirates led 9-0 after one quarter and added six more points before Bailey Denton broke the ice with a free throw. She added a basket before the period was over, but Cedarville led 19-3 at the break.
The BHS offense picked up in the third quarter as Beth Wilkinson hit from 15 to start the second half. Denton added a layup but Cedarville established an 18-point lead before Booneville scored again. Wilkinson scored that basket and BHS got another hoop from Denton and two Sabreena Alfaro free throws in the period, in which they outscored the Lady Pirated 10-9. That still left them down 28-13 after three and Cedarville scored first in the final period. Free throws by Lexi Ross and Wilkinson, coupled with a Kasidey Thompson three, got the lead down to 12 and Booneville had a chance to get within single digits with three-minutes still to play. But they could not cash in and Cedarville scored the next four to put it away. Denton led Booneville with seven points, and Wilkinson added five.