The Booneville basketballers faced off with two rival teams last week, one of long standing, the other of a bit shorter duration. The Bearcats took it to the Paris Eagles early and often, with Logan Bradley and Blakley Cobb each notching a double-double to lead four Bearcats in double figures.
Then the Cats made the trip to Charleston and for a half, the Bearcats were in control as they shot over 50 percent from the field. But the second half belonged to the Tigers, as they outscored the Cats 22-4 in the third quarter and won going away 66-44.
The LadyCats stayed within striking distance of Paris for just over three quarters, but the Lady Eagles pulled away in the final period to win 51-36. Booneville couldn’t get in gear at Charleston as the Lady Tigers dropped nine three-pointers on the way to the easy win.
Paris 51 LadyCats 36
Beth Wilkinson had seven points in the first quarter but Paris’s Lexy Lee got loose for several breakaway layups. Lee had 12 points in the quarter, including a basket at the end of the period to put the Lady Eagles ahead 17-10 after one quarter. Hannah Gregory opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, then Karlie Campos hit from 12 to counter another Lee basket and Wilkinson dropped a three to make it 21-18. But PHS scored six in a row and went on to a 29-20 lead at the half.
Lee started the third quarter with a three but Booneville then went on a 9-2 run, with Baylee Moses and Bailey Denton providing all the points. Moses bagged a three and Denton hit the second of her two 10-footers in the period to pull the LadyCats within five at 34-29. However Kieli Robinson nailed a bonus shot and Lee added two free throws for a 39-29 Paris lead after three. The Lady Eagles then opened it up early in the fourth quarter, with a 7-2 run taking the Paris lead to 45-31. Booneville would not mount a serious threat thereafter. Wilkinson led the LadyCats with 14 points, with Denton adding eight points and nine rebounds, but 23 points by Lee and 15 by Robinson put PHS over the top.
Bearcats 62 Paris 44
The Cats almost pitched a shutout in the first quarter as Camryn Lawson led off with a three-pointer, followed by two Logan Bradley baskets and one by Blakley Cobb. Paris did not score until Jordan Moore got loose in the lane within the final minute for a deuce but Bradley countered and Booneville led 11-2 after one. Two more Lawson threes kept Paris at bay any time they began to make a run in the second quarter. His second one made it 21-9; Paris cut the lead to single digits but Bradley muscled his way in for another layup and Cobb hit a three at the halftime buzzer for a 26-12 halftime lead.
Nate Riley then made his presence felt in the third quarter, upping the BHS lead to 17 points with a three-pointer to make it 32-15. A Kris Graham three cut the lead to 12 and the Eagles eventually got within 10, but Cobb hit two free throws and a layup for a 40-26 lead after three. Paris got within nine early in the fourth quarter but a Cobb three-pointer started the decisive run of 11-2. That made it 52-34 and the Eagles would not get closer than 13 points after that.
Bradley led the Cats with 20 points and 10 rebounds with Cobb going for 15 points and 10 boards. Riley scored 13 and handed out seven assists while Lawson dropped in 10 points as Booneville limited Paris to 27 percent shooting.
Charleston 54 LadyCats 24
The LadyCats never really got off the ground against Charleston as the host team drilled two early threes on the way to a 10-0 lead. Hannah Gregory finally broke the ice with a layup and later hit a three-pointer, but BHS still trailed 15-5 after one. CHS opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run to push the lead to 16 points. Baylee Moses tried to keep it close as she drove in to hit two six-footers, but the LadyCats still trailed 28-11 at halftime.
Booneville failed to score a field goal in the third quarter, only getting three free throws from Beth Wilkinson and one from Gregory. In the meantime, Charleston added two more threes and led 40-15 after three. The Lady Tigers invoked the sportsmanship rule early in the fourth quarter; Booneville responded with four quick baskets—Gregory, Wilkinson, Dailey Denton and Adria Coffer—but the game was too far gone. Gregory led Booneville with eight points and Wilkinson added seven.
Charleston 66 Bearcats 44
Following an early Charleston flurry fueled by two Jacob Green three-pointers, Booneville went on a 9-2 run starting with a Camryn Lawson three-ball. Blakley Cobb hit twice and Logan Bradley got the last basket of the period for an 11-8 Bearcat lead. Bradley also scored the first basket of the second quarter; after Charleston cut it to one Lawson bagged another bonus shot. The Tigers took a short-lived lead on another Green three-pointer but the Cats went on a 12-2 run with Lawson and Blakley Cobb hitting threes and Booneville taking advantage of a technical foul on Charleston coach BJ Ross with two free throws and a Noah Reyes 15-footer. Two Blaine Rowland free throws cut the BHS lead to 28-22 at the break.
Green started the second half by converting a four-point play and Brayden Ross gave Charleston the lead with another three. Bradley scored inside to give Booneville the lead back, but five more points by Green started a 15-2 run that covered the rest of the period. Green would score more points and Ross added another three-pointer and Charleston led 44-32 after three. Any doubt was removed early in the fourth quarter with a 7-2 Tiger run that took the lead out to 51-34.
Cobb had 16 points for the Cats with Lawson adding 11 and Bradley 10. Chandler Fritsche did his part defensively by taking three charges to break his own school record to give him 14 for the season. But Green racked up 34 points and also took it for his team three times.