The Booneville basketball teams have hit a bit of a slippery slope lately, as the Bearcats dropped their fourth game in a row in heartbreaking fashion last Thursday in Cedarville. In control most of the game and with an 11-point lead going to the final quarter, the Cats only managed a single basket while the Pirates won it on a three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left. That followed a loss to Subiaco on Thursday.
After leading at the end of the first quarter, the LadyCats had their own struggles against Cedarville, scoring only four second-quarter points. The 19-4 quarter by the Lady Pirates was what made the difference in the 13-point Cedarville win.
The final home game of the season is tomorrow (Thursday) night, when the Cats and LadyCats host Waldron.
Subiaco 52 Bearcats 41
Logan Bradley had all five of the Booneville points in the first quarter as the rest of the team struggled to get going. Meanwhile, Subiaco fired in three three-pointers in the period to lead 11-5 after one. The Cats found themselves in the second quarter, with Bradley getting things started with two free throws and a tip-in. Blakley Cobb then hit from 15 and Jacob Gregory put in two free throws and went in uncontested for a layup and a 15-11 Booneville lead. But the Trojans’ Thomas Myers started heating up, giving Subi the lead back with two threes before James Taylor put the Trojans up by 19-15 at the half with a running 6-footer.
Myers hit another three at the start of the third quarter as the Trojans kept their run going. It eventually reached 25-4 over parts of two quarters as Myers would add three more bonus shots. A Cobb layup, two free throws by Camryn Lawson and an inside move from Bradley got BHS back within 38-27 after three. Lawson would drain a bonus ball to get Booneville within eight, but the red-headed, red-hot Myers foiled that with one of his own. A Cobb putback and a Nate Riley basket got BHS within nine but the Cats had to foul and while Subiaco did not make the most of their free throws, they made enough.
Lawson led the Cats with 14 points while Bradley added 11, but Myers likely had the night of his young life, hitting eight three-pointers in all and finishing with 26 points.
Cedarville 48 LadyCats 35
Bailey Denton converted a three-point play for the first LadyCat points and added a putback for a 5-2 lead early, and Beth Wilkinson knocked down a three-pointer to make it 8-4. Cedarville would tie the score with two Chanel Kattich baskets before Denton hit one of two from the line for a 9-8 LadyCat lead after one. But after the teams swapped baskets to start the second quarter, Cedarville went on a 17-2 un, with Kattich accounting for eight of those points. Denton scored the only LadyCat basket in that time and Booneville found themselves down 27-13 at halftime.
The LadyCats came back in the third quarter, beginning with Shelby Posey’s eight-footer, and Baylee Moses began to find her touch. She hit two baskets surrounding one by Wilkinson and Denton added another as Booneville cut the lead to six. But as the LadyCats sought to cut the lead to four, Kattich made a steal and got a layup, then Kennedy Vinson converted a four-point play, blunting Booneville’s momentum and giving the Lady Pirates a 35-23 lead after three. With Wilkinson targeted in a box-and-one, she found Moses for two early baskets in the fourth quarter and Denton knocked down two free throws to cut the lead to eight. She would later hit a three-pointer and a Moses 10-footer cut the lead to seven, but BHS would score only one point in the last three minutes.
Denton tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Moses racked up 11, all in the second half. Wilkinson was limited to five points, while Kattich scored 20 for Cedarville.
Cedarville 46 Bearcats 44
After an initial three by Cedarville, Blakley Cobb gave the Cats the lead with two baskets and Logan Bradley got two free throws, following that with a layup. Cobb added two free throws and after a Pirate reply, Nate Riley got inside and the Cats led 12-7 after one. Cobb then went on a tear early in the second quarter, repeatedly driving to the basket for layups. The junior had 10 quick points as the Cats took a 24-13 lead, going on to have a 28-20 advantage at halftime.
Cobb scored another layup and Jacob Gregory grabbed a rebound and hit from 12 for 32-22, and the Bearcats kept the lead at seven to nine points until Gregory drilled a three-pointer for 39-29. Cobb then countered a Cedarville basket and Bradley’s free throw made it 42-31 after three. But then the Bearcat offense stagnated, enabling Cedarville to rally starting with a Heath Earnhardt three. He would add a layup and Colby Beals converted a three-point play to make it 42-39. Cobb drove for a layup, but that was the Cats’ only points of the quarter, and two Pirate baskets made it a one-point game. Cedarville then fouled Bradley, who missed and the Pirates worked the ball to Earnhardt, who drained a three from the left corner at the 1.1-second mark. The Cats could not get control of the ball on the ensuing inbounds play.
Cobb scored 22 for the Bearcats and Bradley added nine, but the big story was the Booneville scoring drought over the last eight minutes. A large part of it came as a result of turnovers; having committed only six turnovers in the first three quarters, the Cats threw it away eight times in the last period.