The Booneville junior boys sought to reverse their run of form last Tuesday night as Subiaco came to town. The Jr. Bearcats had control for much of the game, but a scoring drought came at exactly the wrong time, as the Trojans outscored the Cats 8-2 in overtime to pick up the win. Then a 17-3 Cedarville run in the second half spoiled some good first-half work last Thursday in Cedarville and the Pirates took an easy win.
The Jr. LadyCats tried to keep themselves in the game against Cedarville by keeping it in their tempo, resulting in a first half where Booneville kept in striking range. But a 10-2 Lady Pirate third quarter forced BJH to take more chances, and Cedarville took advantage and won going away.
Booneville closes the regular season at Waldron next Friday before the district tournament next week in Dover.
Subiaco 44 Jr. Bearcats 38 (OT)
Both teams had trouble scoring from the field early on, with free throws leading to a 6-4 Booneville lead after one. Zac Costa had the only field goal of the quarter, but added two free throws, and Josh Brackett and Jacob Herrera each added one. Costa had two field goals in the second quarter, with Herrera adding three free throws in four tries. But the Trojans were scoring just enough to stay in the game, and it was 14-10 for Booneville at the break.
The Trojans tied the score early in the third quarter but Randon Ray drilled back-to-back threes and BJH led by six. But Subi came roaring back, taking the lead late in the third quarter, before Josh Brackett drove in for a layup and Ty Goff gave BJH a 25-24 lead after three with a free throw. Goff then scored inside for a three-point lead but after the teams exchanged baskets Jackson Frederick scored inside, then a Wesley Schluterman three gave Subiaco the lead.
Booneville fought right back as Costa got a putback and Ethan Wooldridge dropped in two free throws for a Bearcat two-point lead. Schluterman got a layup but a three by Brackett seemingly cinched a hard-fought win. But Matthew Kremers came right back with a bonus shot of his own to force overtime as Brackett missed at the buzzer. The Trojans then hit Booneville with an early blitz in overtime from which they did not recover. Clay Huber started it with a basket and Paul Nibo swiped a pass for a layup before Kremers gave Subi a six-point lead. Herrera got his own steal and layup, but Booneville would not score again. Costa finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Cedarville 38 Jr. LadyCats 12
Cedarville racked up the first eight points of the game before Heaven Sanchez drove in for a layup to start Booneville’s scoring. But CJH scored the last three to lead 11-2 after one. It went to 15-2 before Sanchez cut into the lead with two baskets; Cedarville led 16-6 at halftime.
The Lady Pirates put it away in the third quarter, outscoring Booneville 10-2. Joleigh Tate got the Jr. LadyCats’ only basket of the quarter and Cedarville led 26-8 after three. Booneville got baskets in the fourth quarter by way of a Sanchez layup and Brooke Turner’s 15-footer, but Cedarville continued to pull away. Sanchez led Booneville with eight points, while Hayley Roberts had two blocked shots, giving her the new junior high girls’ season record. Roberts has blocked 30 shots this season, going past Alley Vaught’s previous record of 29.
Cedarville 44 Jr. Bearcats 21
It started well for Booneville as Zac Costa’s layup was followed by a Josh Brackett steal and basket, with Jarrett Mitchell also scoring inside. The Pirates took a short-lived lead latein the quarter, but a Costa layup put BJH back in front 8-7 after one. But the lid was on the Bearcat basket in the second quarter as Booneville could not get a field goal, while Cedarville grabbed the lead and stretched it to 18-10 before Gavin Kent racked up the only Jr. Cat field goal. CJH led 20-12 at halftime.
The third quarter proved to be disastrous for Booneville as Cedarville opened with a 11-2 run with Ethan Wooldridge getting the only Booneville basket. The Jr. Cats would only add a Costa free throw the rest of the quarter and the Pirates led 33-15 after three. Two more Cedarville baskets started the fourth quarter and though Rocky Ross eventually replied, the game was decided. Costa was the Booneville scoring leader, but only with five points.