Booneville’s junior high basketballers each earned a split of their games last week. The Jr. Bearcats picked up their first win of the season at home against Cedarville last Tuesday, while the girls got the better of Mansfield at the Tigers’ den last Thursday.

Booneville 30 Cedarville 21 (boys)

The Jr. Cats started slowly, as they only managed a Kaedon Trejo basket in the first six minutes. Cedarville took a 6-2 lead into the second quarter, but Booneville outscored the Pirates 11-4 in the second period. Trejo made a three-point play to start the run and he had nine points in the quarter, with Gavin Kent getting the other basket, as BJH led 13-10 at halftime.

That margin remained the same after three periods, with Trejo and Kaleb Rhodes scoring third-quarter baskets to counter a like number by CJH.. The fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Jacob Herrera scored twice early in that period; in between those baskets Trejo inserted a three-pointer. A Pirate basket was answered by scores from Trejo and Rhodes, making it 28-16 with two minutes left, and the Jr. Cats were able to close the deal for their first win. Trejo racked up 20 points for Booneville.

Cedarville 41 Booneville 28 (girls)

Five early Hannah Gregory points put Booneville in the lead midway through the first quarter and after Cedarville took the lead, Jadyn Hart’s basket cut it to 8-7 before the Lady Pirates got a basket at the end of the quarter for a 10-7 lead. Gregory scored again to counter a Cedarville basket at the start of the second quarter, but the Lady Pirates then went on a 15-2 run, with two Brittnie Maness free throws the only Booneville response. CJH thus took a 27-11 lead at halftime.

Shelby Posey and Josie O’Bar cut into the lead early in the third quarter, but CJH answered with five points. Posey scored again before Hart hit two free throws and Jessica Parrish hit from 12, but that only cut the lead to 35-21 after three. Booneville closed the gap again in the fourth quarter despite not making a shot from the field. Posey hit three free throws and O’Bar and Baylee Moses two each and the Jr. LadyCats had the lead down to 10, but the Lady Pirates put a stop to the rally with a basket and free throw. Posey and Gregory shared scoring honors with seven points each.

Booneville 35 Mansfield 20 (girls)

The Jr. LadyCats picked up their third triumph of the season despite giving up the first five points of the game. Shelby Posey hit two free throws and a layup and Jadyn Hart added a free throw as Booneville trailed 9-5 after one. BJH then held Mansfield without a field goal in the second quarter, and Hart opened the period with a three-pointer. Hannah Gregory was then fouled shooting a bonus ball and hit the first and last of her free throws. She then scored a layup, Hart added a free throw and Posey a basket before Mansfield finally tallied in the quarter. An ensuing 7-2 Booneville run was capped by a Hart 8-footer off a nice Gregory pass and BJH led 22-12 at the break.

Booneville removed any lingering doubt early in the third quarter as Baylee Moses scored twice and Posey once to make it 28-12 before the Lady Tigers answered with a three-ball. Booneville led 32-17 after three and both sides played a cautious fourth quarter with few points scored. Hart capped off her night with a layup just before time expired.

Hart led Booneville with 13 points; Posey added 11 and Moses seven. Gregory had four points and dealt out four assists.

Mansfield 40 Booneville 19 (boys)

Mansfield led 6-2 early but two baskets from Rusty Maloy—the second of which just beat the first-period buzzer—kept BJH in the game. Christian Shaffer drew the Jr. Cats within two with the first basket of the second quarter, but Booneville only scored on two free throws the rest of the period as MJH began to take charge. The Tigers led 20-10 at the half.

MJH scored first in the third period but two Trejo free throws and a Jacob Herrera three-ball got BJH back within seven before the Tigers got the last two baskets of the period for a 26-15 lead. A Trejo charity toss opened the fourth quarter but Mansfield would outscore Booneville 14-3 the rest of the way. A Herrera three-pointer provided the only Booneville offense during that time, and he wound up leading in scoring with six points.