Reeling from their third consecutive loss, the Booneville Bearcats found their mojo last Friday against Hackett. They held the Hornets without a field goal over a span of 14:03 and at one point led 49-9 before settling for a 65-30 win.
Blakley Cobb had a monster game, with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and two blocks. In all 10 different Bearcats got into the scoring column.
As they had against Charleston, the LadyCats started off hot, but a 15-0 Hackett run over two quarters consigned them to a 45-26 loss. But the team found a spark in Hannah Gregory. she got the nod to start and responded by scoring 13 points and showing tons of hustle.
Booneville will play in the Mansfield tournament next week. The opponents and game times were unavailable as of press time.
Subiaco 68 Bearcats 42
Despite the margin of victory, it was an eight-point game early in the fourth quarter before the Trojans closed on a 21-3 run. Layups by Mason Weaver and Blakley Cobb staked the Cats to the lead, but Subi was hot on their three-pointers, hitting three in the first quarter to tie the game at 9 after Nate Riley had converted a three-point play. The Trojans took the lead late in the quarter but Camryn Lawson put BHS up 13-12 after one with a short jumper. Chandler Fritsche’s basket extended the lead but a Tom Moore three tied it, and another bonus shot by James Taylor put the Trojans on top.Booneville, though, stayed within range and tied the game at 24 on a Cobb basket, but Subiaco scored the last nine points of the half, capped by another Taylor three, and the Trojans were on top 33-24 at the break, hitting eight bonus shots in the half.
Subi briefly led by double digits before Cobb hit a free throw, Lawson added a three and then drove for a layup to narrow the gap to 35-30. Three Taylor baskets—he would finish with 21—made it 41-30 and Elvis Janga nailed a triple at the buzzer for a 44-32 Trojan lead after three. Lawson again went to work narrowing the lead, hitting a layup and two free throws; after another Subi three-pointer Riley made a reverse layup and Lawson added a free throw. Cobb then went to the line to try to cut the lead to six, but he missed both, and Janga scored inside and a series of BHS turnovers led to eight straight points by Taylor. Booneville would only muster a Tyler Hall three-point play the rest of the way. Lawson led Booneville with 12 points.
Hackett 45 LadyCats 26
Shelby Posey nailed a 15-footer from the baseline to open the scoring; after Hackett responded, Hannah Gregory hit two free throws and followed with a three-pointer for a 7-2 lead. But HHS scored the last eight points of the quarter and led 10-7 after one. They added two more points to the lead before Jessica Parrish scored her first points of the season on two free throws; Baylee Moses would add another to trim the lead to two. But a Beth Wilkinson basket after two Lady Hornet free throws would be all for the LadyCats in the first half as Hackett scored the last seven and led 21-12 at the break.
Madison Bailey personally accounted for Hackett’s first 11 points of the second half, with three bonus balls and a short jumper, answered only by a Gregory floater in the lane. The sophomore would then add a free throw and her second three of the game, narrowing it to 32-18. However, Hackett’s third seven-point run of the game pushed the lead to 21 before Moses canned two free throws at the end of the quarter. The Lady Hornet lead eventually grew to 22. Gregory led with 13 points but did not get much support as next was Moses with only five.
Bearcats 65 Hackett 30
Following an exchange of points to start the game, Logan Bradley hit two inside and Blakley Cobb dropped one in from eight. Nate Riley then added a three before a Hackett free throw, and Bradley’s third basket of the quarter was answered by a Brooks Wilson 15-footer at the buzzer for 13-5. The Cats then went on a rampage in the second quarter. Cobb hit a three and a 15-footer and after Mason Weaver converted a three-point play, Hackett’s coach was hit with a technical. Cobb hit one free throw, Noah Reyes added two and Cobb added another charity toss before nailing another three. He and Tyler Hall added layups, Weaver scored twice and then Hall banked one in and converted the three-point play. Hackett managed only two free throws during this time and Brandon Bradley’s three sent Booneville to the locker room up 42-8 after shooting 62 percent in the half with only two turnovers.
Cobb scored the first seven Bearcat points of the third quarter, with his two free throws expanding the lead to 40 at 49-9. Hackett then went 5-for-6 from the line before Riley nailed another bonus shot. At the 1:57 mark of the third quarter, Hackett finally got another field goal and it was Wilson who broke the drought, this time with a three. Cobb responded with his third bonus shot in as many attempts and his night was done. It was 55-21 after three and junior Anthony Mattingly started off the fourth quarter with his first Bearcat basket. Kaleb Rhodes and Bryce Plymale each scored two baskets before the game came to an end.
Cobb hit 8 of his 10 shots from the field including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, finishing with 26 points. He also had eight rebounds, four assists and five steals and blocked two shots as well. Weaver was next on the scoring list with seven and Riley and Logan Bradley scored six each.