The Booneville basketball teams sought to put losses to Jessieville behind them as they celebrated homecoming last Friday. The LadyCats turned up the defense in the second half, limiting Fort Smith Future School to eight points in the last 16 minutes on the way to a 47-32 win. The Bearcats had two chances to win within the last 30 seconds but turned the ball over both times and Future School escaped with a 41-40 win.

Junior Lindsay Wallace took four charges against Jessieville—all in the first quarter—and two more against Future School. This gave her 17 for the season, beating Kasidey Thompson’s year-old record, and also tied the career mark of 21 set by Brittany Ward. Further, she led the LadyCats with 15 points against Future School.

Booneville closes out the first half of the conference season with a road trip to Perryville on Friday.

LadyCats 47 Future School 32

The two teams swapped points early and Future took a short-lived lead before a Lindsay Wallace basket made it 7-6. The Lady Rockets took a 10-7 lead but a Joleigh Tate bucket started a 9-0 run to end the quarter. Wallace added another basket and Shelby Posey hit a three before Hayley Roberts ended the quarter with a layup for a 16-10 LadyCat lead. But Future School struck back with a 12-2 run to take a 22-18 lead with Elise Ferguson getting half of those points. Tate had all seven Booneville points in the period but the Lady Rockets led 24-23 at halftime.

But Coach Tim Goers’ group clamped down on the defensive end in the third quarter. Brooke Turner opened the second half with a three-pointer and after a Tate free throw, Wallace scored off a Baylee Moses pass. Lilly Porter got Future’s only points of the third quarter with a three, but Moses hit once from the line and after a Wallace basket, the senior drove the baseline and hit from six just before the end of the quarter for a 34-27 Booneville lead. Wallace got two layups to start the final quarter and Roberts canceled a Lady Rocket free throw with a layup. Wallace then finished the Lady Rockets off with a three-pointer.

The junior finished with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds while Tate scored 12 and yanked down 16 boards. Moses and Heaven Sanchez each handed out four assists, while Wallace took a pair of charges.

Future School 41 Bearcats 40

Andrew Mattson had all six Bearcat points in the first quarter to match three Rocket baskets as the score was tied at 6 after the period. Mattson canceled out another Rocket basket and then Future School was assessed a technical foul for having a wrong number in the scorebook. Blake Jones converted two free throws and then Jacob Herrera and Austin Hill each hit a three-pointer for a 16-9 lead. But Future School ran off the last nine points of the half, capped by Jeremiah Tabut’s steal and dunk that put the Rockets ahead 18-16 at the break.

Mattson promptly tied it to start the second half and after a Rocket response, Mason Goers hit two free throws and a layup for a 22-20 BHS lead. But Future made a 12-5 run the rest of the quarter and led 32-27 after three. Jashon Smith’s layup made the lead seven but Mattson scored again and Blake Jones added a layup. Adrian Thompson scored for FSFS but Herrera countered with a three and Mattson tied it at 36 with a layup. Tabut hit a free throw but Mattson got loose again and Booneville led only to see Tabut score a layup. Zac Costa, however, was then fouled and hit both shots before Jaylon McCullough put the Rockets back ahead with just over a minute left. Booneville had two chances to win the game with a basket but turned it over each time and the Cats, with fouls still to give, could not get to the Rockets enough in the last 12 seconds.

Mattson scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds but no other Bearcat tallied more than six. Future School, led by Tabut with 12, had four players between seven and 12 points.

Jessieville 54 LadyCats 46

Shelby Posey made herself known early by canning a three-pointer to put BHS up 5-2. Jessieville tied the score but Booneville scored the next nine. Several of these possessions were set up by Lindsay Wallace drawing charges; she took four of them in the quarter. The junior also hit four free throws and a basket and Brooke Turner dropped a three-pointer as the LadyCats led 14-5 after one. After a Posey three-pointer canceled out a Katherine Elliott basket Jessieville went on an 18-3 run the rest of the quarter. A Wallace basket and a Joleigh Tate free throw were the only other points for Booneville in the quarter, as Elliott scored nine in the period and the Lady Lions took a 25-20 lead.

Jessieville continued their hot streak early in the third quarter, outscoring Booneville 8-1 to take a 33-21 lead. Posey finally broke things up with an 8-footer and Hayley Roberts followed with two from the line but Lilliana Fehrenbacher converted a three-point play and after Roberts cleaned up a Booneville miss, Callie Pederson hit a three at the buzzer for a 39-27 lead. Heaven Sanchez came alive early in the fourth quarter, scoring two baskets and nailing a pair from the line as Booneville got back within nine but a Kallie Castleberry three made it 46-34. Meanwhile Tate and Wallace both had fouled out; Booneville still made a run as Baylee Moses scored on a putback, Sanchez got a layup and Turner dropped a three-ball. But then Posey was called for a foul trying to block a shot and it was her fifth, forcing the LadyCats to finish with four players for the third time. Once again Booneville held their own despite being shorthanded but the Lady Lions had enough to take the win.

Sanchez led the LadyCats with 12 points and eight rebounds, with Posey adding nine points and Wallace eight. Booneville finished with four players and Moses and Sanchez each had four fouls at the end.

Jessieville 61 Bearcats 45

Jacob Herrera opened the game by drawing a charge but Jessieville, unfazed, scored the first six points before Andrew Mattson converted a three-point play to open the scoring. He tallied again to make it 6-5 but the Lions were blazing hot from behind the three-point line and took a 15-5 lead. Mattson and Herrera countered with bonus balls of their own but JHS took a 21-11 lead before Mason Goers dropped a three-ball and Blake Jones added a free throw to narrow the lead to six. Goers got a layup to move BHS within four but two more threes by Jarrett Davis gave Jessieville a 10-point lead. Hill and Jones each scored from long range to keep it close, but the Lions led 37-27 at the half.

Mattson canned a three to start the second half and later, Zac Costa’s steal and layup and a Herrera putback narrowed the gap to 43-36. But Jessieville extended the lead by scoring the last seven points of the quarter and led by 14 going to the final eight minutes. Herrera started the fourth quarter with a three but two quick Ramon Gonzalez baskets stretched the lead back to 15, and the Cats did not seriously threaten thereafter. Mattson led BHS with 13 points and four assists while Herrera added 12 points.