The Booneville Lady Cats had a disappointing outing against Waldron last Monday and only scored three first-half points at Pottsville last Thursday. But the second-half performance against the Lady Apaches gave coach Jason Wallace cause for optimism heading into Christmas break. BHS scored 29 second-half points and while this was not nearly enough, it showed what the Lady Cats are capable of when the offense clicks.

The Lady Cats and Bearcats will play at the Mansfield tournament this coming week, with the girls taking on Mulberry in first-round action at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The boys will follow at 11:30, also taking on the Yellowjackets.

Waldron 49 Lady Cats 32

Booneville started well as Logan Lyle triggered the Toys For Tots toy toss with a layup, and this was followed by a Morgan Osborne bucket and two by Kaitlynn Davis helped Booneville go out to an 8-6 lead. But Waldron then caught fire and went on a 20-1 run spanning parts of two periods. Waldron led 15-9 after one quarter and pushed it to 32-14 at the half.

Osborne scored all of Booneville’s points in the third quarter with three baskets as the Lady Cats stiffened on defense, not letting Waldron get anything from the field. The Lady Bulldogs scored their seven points from the line and led 39-20 after three. Ashdon Ross scored on a basket and two free throws and Alley Vaught had two baskets in the fourth quarter.

Osborne and Vaught scored eight points each for Booneville while Kaitlynn Davis added six points and seven rebounds. Rebounds and turnovers were about even but Booneville shot only 30 percent from the field, compared to 41 percent by Waldron.

Pottsville 50 Lady Cats 32

The Lady Apaches pitched a shutout in the first quarter as Booneville suffered five turnovers in the first three minutes. Pottsville led 14-0 after one and added another basket before Logan Lyle broke the Lady Cat scoring drought at the six-minute mark of the second quarter. Pottsville, though, scored the next 11 points before Booneville notched their first basket from the field, when KhyLeigh Cobb made a nifty pass to Ashdon Ross for a layup. PHS had a 27-3 lead at the break.

After the Lady Apaches scored the first point of the third quarter Booneville gained confidence offensively as Alley Vaught matched two Pottsville baskets and Morgan Osborne got a putback. Later, Osborne knocked down her first three-pointer of the season and added two more baskets before the end of the quarter as BHS threw in 14 points in the period. Booneville started the fourth period with a bang on back-to-back threes by Hannah McClung and Paige Joyce to counter two PHS baskets. Later in the quarter Vaught would add two baskets and a free throw as BHS bettered their third quarter output by one.

Vaught and Osborne scored nine points each for the Lady Cats with Osborne adding eight rebounds, six on the offensive end. After the five initial turnovers, the Lady Cats committed only 10 more in the last 29 minutes.