With the score tied at 44 late in the Bearcats’ game against Cedarville last Tuesday, Coach Ronnie Denton wanted the ball in Camryn Lawson’s hands, which is generally a good idea in that situation.

Of course, it certainly helps to have tall teammates if things don’t immediately work out.

Lawson’s missed layup was tipped in by Mason Weaver, who used all of his 6-5 frame to get a hand on the ball and send it home with 4.5 seconds left to give the Cats a 46-44 win. Booneville moves to 9-4 on the season.

The Lady Cats and Cedarville had a highly competitive game in which both teams had the lead late, but Cedarville got the late momentum and the 35-32 win.

Pairings for this week’s Mansfield tournament have been announced. The Bearcats will play the Lamar-Hackett winner at 8:30 tomorrow night, while the LadyCats will face West Fork at 4 tomorrow.

Cedarville 35 LadyCats 32

Both teams had trouble getting started; Booneville missed four free throws in the quarter. Cedarville led 3-2 after one period as a Lesa Moore three and a Beth Wilkinson layup were the only baskets, but Shelby Posey grabbed six rebounds in the quarter. Three missed BHS free throws later, Chanel Kattich converted a three-pont play, but Booneville tied it up as Wilkinson hit from 12 and Baylee Moses finally broke the free throw drought, hitting both ends of a shooting foul. Kattich again scored but the LadyCats finished the quarter on a 7-2 run, with Bailey Denton hitting from six just before the end of the half for a 13-10 Booneville lead.

Cedarville was quickly back in front, but the LadyCats retook the lead as a Wilkinson 8-footer made it 18-14. However the Lady Pirates used their own 7-2 run to retake the lead at 21-20; Posey got a layup before a CHS free throw tied it at 22 after three. Two Cedarville baskets started the fourth quarter but Wilkinson then converted a steal to a layup; she then hit from six and Hannah Gregory gave Booneville the lead with a layup. The Lady Pirates took it right back as Kennedy Vinson scored three the hard way and Moore banked in another three for 32-28.

But Denton then converted a three-point play to get BHS within one only for Kattich to drop in a difficult shot. Wilkinson was then fouled but only got the second shot to go; a missed free throw by Vinson with 9.3 seconds left left the door open but the LadyCats couldn’t get a shot off. Both Denton and Wilkinson achieved double-doubles; 14 points and 10 rebounds for Denton, 11 and 10 for Wilkinson, but the LadyCats left it at the line where they were only 6 for 17.

Bearcats 46 Cedarville 44

After the Pirates opened the scoring Booneville looked to make short work of them as Nate Riley opened it up with a three-pointer which was followed by Blakley Cobb’s layup, Riley and Logan Bradley each had four points in an 8-0 run that made it 13-5 before CHS scored the last five of the quarter. The Pirates made it a 15-0 run by tallying the first 10 of the second period, capped by two Brayden Polk triples. The Cats responded with an 8-2 run of their own with Cobb getting half of those but CHS scored the last five to lead 27-21 at the break.

The Cats responded with a 9-3 run to start the third quarter, with Camryn Lawson assisting Mason Weaver three times and Bradley once and adding a free throw for a 30-30 tie. Cedarville, though, would take a 34-32 lead after three. Cobb tied the score but two Pirate three-pointers left the Cats down six. Lawson pulled three points back but a Pirate basket made it 42-37. Cobb then scored a layup before Lawson drove in and dished to Jacob Gregory for a three, and then Cobb drove in and scored to give the Cats the lead back. But Heath Earnhardt was then fouled and hit both to tie it up. Off a sideline play, Lawson took the ball and drove all the way. The shot missed but Weaver rose highest of all to tip it off the glass and in. The Pirates could only get a desperation heave that was not close.

Cobb scored 12 points while Riley added nine; Lawson had 8 points and 8 assists, while Weaver got 8 points and 8 rebounds, saving the biggest one until the very end.