The Booneville junior girls pulled away in the fourth quarter to add another win to their resume at Waldron last Monday night, but a bevy of Ozark three-pointers last Thursday kept the Jr. LadyCats off the win column against the Lady Hillbillies.
The boys saw a first-quarter lead at Waldron evaporate, then after pulling close midway through the second quarter at Ozark, themselves were victimized by the three-point shot.
Booneville 33 Waldron 25 (girls)
Hannah Gregory’s basket gave Booneville the lead, then she hit two free throws and Baylee Moses got a nice reverse layup, followed by a three-point play by Jadyn Hart for an 11-6 lead. Hart added two from the line and BJH led 13-10 after one. Two more from Hart made it a five-point lead, but Waldron was able to pull within one (18-17) at halftime.
But Hart scored the first four points of the second half and Jessica Parrish also added a basket to make it 24-18 before the Lady Bulldogs rallied back to make it a three-point game after three quarters. However, Booneville then put it away with a 7-2 run. Moses started it with a six-footer and added two from the line; Jaden Lowe also added a free throw and on one of Moses’ misses from the line, Parrish got the rebound and a putback. Hart then put the icing on the cake with two from the line.
Hart had 13 points for Booneville, nine of which came from the line. Moses added eight points. With starters Shelby Posey and Josie O’Bar unavailable for the game, it was important that others contribute. Parrish got four points and the Jr. LadyCats got important minutes from Lowe and Sarah Grissom.
Waldron 52 Booneville 30 (boys)
It was promising for Booneville early as Zac Costa opened the scoring and then Kaedon Trejo canned a three-pointer. Following two Waldron baskets, Kaleb Rhodes converted a three-point play, Costa hit a free throw and Rusty Maloy got a tip-in late in the quarter for an 11-7 Booneville lead. One person scored all of his team’s points for both teams in the second quarter. But while Jacob Herrera hit a three for all of BJH’s points, Waldron’s Payton Brown was having the quarter of his young life. Often capitalizing on Booneville turnovers, Brown ended up with an incredible 22-point second quarter and the Bulldogs had a 29-14 halftime lead.
It got no better for Booneville in the third period as they were outscored 9-4. Trejo and Rhodes had the baskets, but Brown added two more as well. His night was finished after three quarters with 30 points. Herrera and Trejo each hit a three in the fourth quarter and then the coaches emptied their benches. Brennan Burtrom and Tanner Galindo got their names in the scorebook with baskets as did Arliss Quinalty with two free throws. Trejo led BJH with eight points and Herrera added six.
Ozark 46 Booneville 23 (girls)
Booneville took an early 7-3 lead as they got an opening Hannah Gregory basket, two Jadyn Hart free throws and a Jessica Parrish three. OJH tied it at 7 before Hart hit a free throw to put Booneville on top after one period. But the Lady Hillbillies exploded in the second quarter, denying Booneville a field goal. The Jr. LadyCats got two free throws each by Brittnie Maness and Gregory, but OJH put together a 16-point quarter and led 23-12 at the break.
In the third quarter, Gregory and Hart each dropped a three-pointer, but Ozark scored nine and led 32-18 after three. Any hope of a comeback evaporated early in the fourth quarter when OJH scored the first 12 points. Gregory hit her second three of the game and added a layup to close the Booneville scoring, and the freshman guard led the Jr. LadyCats with 12 points.
Ozark 54 Booneville 16 (boys)
The Hillbillies raced to a 14-2 lead after one quarter, with Kaedon Trejo’s baseline drive accounting tor Booneville’s only score of the period. Booneville got a flurry of points at the beginning of the second quarter to get back into the game. Jarrett Mitchell started it with a layup, then Kaleb Rhodes added two from the line. Mitchell once again scored before Jacob Herrera put in a three-pointer, and BJH was within 14-11. But Ozark scored the last 14 points of the half and led 28-11 at halftime.
Mitchell countered an Ozark three-pointer early in the third quarter, getting three the old-fashioned way, but Ozark ripped off the next 11 points, including a trio of three-balls, and got another one after Zac Costa hit two free throws. Costa’s points turned out to be the last ones for the Jr. Bearcats, who were led by Mitchell with seven points.