Two Booneville Bearcat and two LadyCat basketball players were named to the 4-4A All-District teams, it was announced last week. Three other Bearcat players gained honorable mention status.
Senior Bearcats Caden Yarborough and Adam Haney were named to the All-District squad, said coach Ronnie Denton. “Caden carried the team all season, and Adam was coming on at the end and helping us a lot,” said the coach.
Yarborough led the team in scoring (13.6 points per game) and steals (68) and was third in rebounding (5 per game). The 6-1 senior finished as the third all-time leading scorer in Bearcat history (behind Brett Green and T.J. Hoover) and as the career leader in steals. Haney was second in scoring (8.8 points per game), led the Cats in free-throw percentage (79.6) and assists (90), and finished the season with a positive assist-to turnover ratio.
Named as honorable mention were senior Tucker Knight and sophomores Logan Bradley and Blakley Cobb. Knight (7 points per game, 52 percent field goals) scored his season-high 18 points in Booneville’s upset of Charleston on the Tigers’ home floor; Bradley led in blocks (32) and was becoming more of a go-to player late in the season; and Cobb ended the year as the team’s leading rebounder (5.3 rebounds per game); he too was instrumental in the win over Charleston by drawing two charges against the Tigers’ Chase Ewing.
Bradley will be involved in club basketball over the spring and summer as he has joined All-Arkansas Red, a Little Rock-based team. The 6 -8” sophomore and his teammates will be playing in tournaments in Dallas, Las Vegas and Atlanta, among other places.
Juniors Beth Wilkinson and Bailey Denton were named to the girls’ All-District team, according to coach Candy Goff.
Wilkinson led the team in scoring (12.7 points per game) and rebounding (6.4 rebounds per game) and was second in assists and steals. She rang up 35 points and 13 rebounds in an early-season win against Mansfield, in which she tied Kiersten Black’s record of 17 free throws made in a game. She also had a 27-point performance in a losing effort at Acorn. Denton averaged 8.8 points per game while leading the team in assists (41), steals (66) and blocks (9).
This is the largest number of Booneville basketball players gaining honors on the district level in at least 10 years, and probably the most boys honored ever. The Bearcat sophomores have built a good foundation for next season, and hopefully some who did not play this season will return, while the girls should have markedly improved depth for the 2017-18 season as a large and eager band of sophomores joins a group that loses only one senior.