Booneville’s basketball teams saw to it that homecoming queen Sabreena Alfaro’s reign would be a happy one, as both the Bearcats and LadyCats rolled to easy wins over Waldron last Tuesday night. They followed that the next night with a sweep of Mansfield before being defeated at Ozark last Friday.
The Cats (12-6, 5-1 combined conference) and Lady Cats (4-9, 2-3) host Charleston tomorrow night. The Bearcats got the better of the Tigers in an upset earlier in the season and now go for the sweep.
Bearcats 60 Waldron 33
Two Caden Yarborough free throws gave the Bearcats the lead midway through the first quarter and they would not give it up. Logan Bradley followed with a basket; Waldron twice got within one and had the ball with an opportunity to take the lead but Yarborough made a steal and layup for a 12-9 lead after one quarter. The Cats expanded the lead to eight on a Chandler Fritsche layup and, on a series of free throws, Booneville assumed a 28-18 lead at halftime.
Blakley Cobb scored four of Booneville’s first eight points in the second half and the lead swelled to 13 points on two free throws by Yarborough. Waldron got it down to eight, but a 7-0 run at the end of the quarter gave BHS a 43-28 lead after three quarters. Any doubt was removed when first Adam Haney and then Yarborough got steals and layups in the space of 10 seconds. That was the start of a game-ending 14-1 run.
Yarborough led BHS with 14 points while Cobb scored a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Surprisingly, Booneville had only one three-pointer in the game, by Noah Gregory, and that came after the game had been decided.
LadyCats 42 Waldron 28
Bailey Denton scored the first five Booneville points and the LadyCat defense held Waldron to a single field goal and two free throws in the first quarter, which ended on a Kasidey Thompson three-pointer. The sophomore hit a second bonus ball early in the second period as Booneville’s lead became seven points. Beth Wilkinson had two free throws and a basket late in the quarter to make Booneville’s lead 18-10 at halftime.
The Lady Bulldogs scored first in the second half but Booneville replied with the next eight points, with two Wilkinson baskets and one each by Denton and Thompson making it 26-12. Waldron got it back down to eight late in the period but Denton’s layup pushed it back to 30-20 after three. Denton, Wilkinson and Karlie Campos scored in rapid succession early in the final period to give Booneville a 16-point lead. Later, Campos scored five points in a row to make it 42-22.
Denton led Booneville with 14 points with Wilkinson adding 12, Thompson eight, and Campos seven, while Lexi Ross contributed nine rebounds. Booneville held Waldron to one field goal in each of the first and second quarters and to none in the final period.
LadyCats 41 Mansfield 33
A Bailey Denton three-point play gave BHS the lead, and Beth Wilkinson scored eight points in the first quarter, including the last four, as the LadyCats took a 13-9 lead after one quarter. Karlie Campos got a layup to start the second quarter, but Mansfield replied with a seven-point flurry, capped by Makayla Bolton’s three-pointer for a one-point Lady Tiger lead. But Wilkinson got a free throw and a Campos layup gave the LadyCats the halftime lead, 18-16.
Wilkinson scored six of Booneville’s first seven points in the third quarter but Mansfield would not go away as a three by Bolton cut the lead to 27-25. However the LadyCats scored the last six points on a Denton 8-footer, two Adria Coffer free throws and finally a Wilkinson layup that made it 33-25 after three. Booneville would not score from the field in the fourth quarter, but got just enough free throws—eight in all—to hold off any potential MHS rally. Denton scored four of the free throws, Wilkinson three and Campos one.
Before fouling out, Wilkinson racked up 20 points and 12 rebounds. Denton helped out with nine points and had four assists and the LadyCats got good contributions from Campos and Coffer.
Bearcats 54 Mansfield 29
Logan Bradley and Blakley Cobb each had four points in the first quarter as Booneville shrugged off an early deficit to take a 11-7 lead after one quarter. The teams traded baskets twice to start the second quarter before Cobb dropped a three-pointer and Caden Yarborough added a basket for 20-10. After a Jason McAlister three got Mansfield within seven the Cats went on an 11-1 run to end the half, capped by a Dalton Parrish three that made it 31-14 at halftime.
The third quarter was played fairly evenly, with a 6-0 Booneville run late in the quarter ensuring that BHS would take a healthy lead into the final eight minutes at 41-22. Yarborough stole the fourth-quarter inbounds pass and scored and after Mansfield replied, Parrish had five points in an 11-0 run, which ended in a Tyler Hall basket that put the sportsmanship rule in effect at 54-24.
Cobb led Booneville with 13 points and seven rebounds; Bradley was the one with the double-double this time with 12 points and 12 boards, and Parrish had his first double-figure game of the season with 10. Booneville held the Tigers to 27 percent shooting from the field.
Ozark 68 Bearcats 51
The Hillbillies used a 19-9 first quarter to try and take control. Ozark’s Ethan Bowman had 10 of those points; Adam Haney had six Bearcat points in the quarter but BHS still trailed by 10. Bowman scored again to start the second quarter but Caden Yarborough came alive. He scored nine points in an 11-2 run that got the Cats back within 23-20. But the Hillbillies replied with the last 10 of the period and led 33-20 at halftime.
Booneville came again in the third quarter, closing the gap to eight points on two occasions including a Logan Bradley basket that made it 38-30. Ozark scored the next five, but Booneville replied with the next six — one basket by Bradley and two by Yarborough — making it 43-36 before Bowman scored yet again to increase the OHS lead to nine entering the final period. A Yarborough three-point play after Ozark had scored the first basket got it back down to eight early in the fourth quarter, but Ozark stifled the rally with a 13-4 run that sealed the deal.
Yarborough scored 20 points and Haney added 12, but the Bearcats had no answer for Bowman. A UA-Monticello commit, the Hillbillies’ guard had 36 points and 12 rebounds to lead his team.
Ozark 53 LadyCats 31
Ozark established a 9-2 lead, but Booneville came off the deck to close the gap. Four Beth Wilkinson free throws and a Bailey Denton three helped the LadyCats close the lead down to four (15-11) after one. Wilkinson scored all of the Booneville points in the second quarter and at one point the lead was down to 17-14, but a Lady Hillbilly flurry late in the quarter helped them take a 24-15 halftime lead.
Wilkinson’s putback cut it back to seven, but Ozark’s Sydney Gage scored all 10 of her points in one three-minute flurry that helped OHS take control. Her three made it 38-21 and Ozark led 41-24 after three. Booneville got a basket from Wilkinson and five points by Denton, whose three was the last BHS points of the game. Consecutive three-point plays by the Lady Hillbillies helped expand the final margin. Wilkinson had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Booneville, and Denton added eight.