With the three-point shooting taking the night off last Friday, Booneville’s boys had to find another way to win against Dardanelle. They got it from Trevor Jones.
The sophomore post player scored 19 of his 23 points in the even-numbered quarters as the Bearcats had to fight off a late rally by the Sand Lizards to gain a 48-39 win on a night that was doubly memorable for homecoming queen KhyLeigh Cobb.
Not only did Cobb reign over the Bearcats’ win, she also got the first start of her senior high career and scored an early basket that gave Booneville the lead in the girls’ game. However, the Lady Cats couldn’t make that one last as the Lady Lizards used a 15-2 run to get by Booneville 47-32.
The teams are next in action at Maumelle on Friday. Depending on the outcome of last night’s boys’ game against Mena, the Cats could be playing for the lead in the 4-4A when they face the Hornets.
Brandon Wolski dropped a three-pointer and a free throw with Cody Harrel getting a basket and two free throws as the Bearcats staked themselves to a 12-7 lead after the first quarter. Trevor Jones scored 10 of Booneville’s 13 second-quarter points with Dakoda Owens rounding out the scoring with a three-point basket, leading Booneville to a 25-14 halftime lead.
The shooting went cold in the third quarter as the Sand Lizards fought back behind Will Lawrence and Makenna Spears. They held the Bearcats to only one field goal in the third quarter, scored by Jones, and trimmed the lead to 31-29 after three periods. But the Cats would not be denied as Jones would add nine more points in the fourth quarter. Dalton Herrera added a couple of baskets as Booneville, despite missing several free throws in the final period, let the defense do the work as they held on for the win.
Jones scored 23 points, a career high for the sophomore. Harrel and Herrera added seven points each as Booneville instantly moved into second place in the 4-4A conference behind Maumelle as all the other conference teams had lost at least once.
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Logan Lyle’s opening layup was canceled by two inside baskets from DHS’s Elizabeth Burgess, but Lyle drove for another basket. KhyLeigh Cobb then gave the Lady Cats the lead when she hit a 10-footer from the side and a Hannah McClung putback extended the advantage to four. But the Lady Lizards scored the last seven points of the first quarter to lead 11-8. They pushed the lead to 14-8 before Paige Joyce nailed a three-pointer; Alley Vaught then scored twice to offset a Dardanelle free throw to tie the game at 15. But after the teams traded baskets, Booneville hit a cold snap that saw DHS score the last six points of the half to lead 23-17.
Another Lyle layup trimmed the lead to four but the Lady Lizards scored the next nine to go on top by 13. Morgan Osborne’s layup halted the drought but Dardanelle scored twice more before McClung got two baskets off rebounds to make it 35-25 after three. The Lady Cats got within nine points early in the fourth quarter on a layup from Lyle, but the Lady Lizards closed the game on a 9-3 run.
Lyle scored 10 points for Booneville with McClung, who got all her points on putbacks and Joyce, who hit a second three-pointer, following with six each. Booneville dominated the glass but couldn’t find a shooting touch.
Scranton 56 Lady Cats 20
Booneville again grabbed an early advantage, this time when Morgan Osborne hit from six and Alley Vaught added two from the line for a 4-3 Lady Cat lead. But Scranton would score the next 17 points and led 20-4 by the middle of the second quarter, when a Logan Lyle basket broke the drought. Kaitlynn Davis would add a free throw but Scranton led 30-7 at the break.
Osborne hit a layup to start the third quarter and Vaught and Hannah McClung would add baskets, but Scranton—who hit six times from bonus land—saw two of those drop in the third period and the Lady Rockets led 44-13 going to the fourth. Booneville scored the first six points of the fourth quarter including a three-ball delivered by Ashdon Ross, but by then things were decided. Vaught and Osborne shared the scoring lead with four points each.
Scranton 59 Bearcats 38
After Dakoda Owens hit twice and Cody Harrel once from three-point land to start things off with a 9-5 Booneville lead, the lid clamped shut on the Bearcat basket. Seth Siebenmorgen, who had 14 first-half points, led the Rockets on a 29-0 run that finally ended when Trevor Jones scored the last basket of the first half. But by then the Rockets had amassed a 34-11 halftime lead.
The second half saw the Bearcats regain their touch as Michael Springs and Cody Harrel each scored to start the third quarter and after Harrel scored again, Dalton Herrera hit back-to-back threes that trimmed the Scranton lead to 38-23 and forced a Rocket time-out. But Siebenmorgen put in two free throws and Brandon Berg hit a layup to halt the Cats’ rally. The Rockets led 46-29 after three but the Cats kept fighting back, twice getting within 13 points with the second time coming on Springs’ layup with five minutes left. But Scranton outscored Booneville 11-3 down the stretch.
Herrera had all of his team-high 10 points in the second half and Jones would add nine, while Siebenmorgen led Scranton with 20. The Rockets’ shooting touch was quite evident as they made good on 63% of their field goals.