Bearcats hit 12 three-pointers in win over Danville

Chuck Hayes
Booneville sophomore C.J. Johnson (4) makes a three-pointer against Cossatot River last Tuesday, as Mason Goers (10) and Jacob Herrera (2) look on.  Johnson has been a major contributor in several areas this season; he had six points and six rebounds in the Bearcats’ 53-47 win.

The Booneville Bearcats were in recovery mode at Danville Monday following a loss to Cedarville, and their long-range shooters made sure that the Little Johns would not spring a surprise.

Austin Hill and Blake Jones each hit four three-pointers as the Cats knocked down 12 bonus shots in all in a 61-40 win last Monday.

The following night at Cossatot River, it was more of a mix of inside and outside as Hill continued to put in threes, but was complemented by Jordan Sanchez taking advantage of mismatches inside. Hill scored 13 and Sanchez added 12 as Booneville (12-3, 6-3) broke from a tie after three quarters and won 53-47.

The LadyCats (9-7, 4-5) put together a great effort in a loss to Cedarville, then nearly erased a 14-point deficit at Cossatot River. They got it down to two points before dropping a 51-46 decision. 

The teams are back on the road again this coming week, visiting Hackett Friday before a potentially very important game at Waldron next Tuesday.

Bearcats 61, Danville 40

The Bearcats started ripping the nets from long range early as Blake Jones hit two threes and Austin Hill and C.J. Johnson dropped one apiece in the first four minutes. Jacob Herrera’s drive to the basket netted his 500th career point before Hill fired in another three, followed by four free throws in a row and a layup. That gave him 14 points in the quarter and BHS led 28-9 after one. The teams traded blows early in the second quarter before a Jones three-ball triggered a 10-2 run, and the Cats led 44-22 at halftime.

Danville managed to cut the lead to 17 early in the third quarter but Hill responded with two more three-pointers and the Booneville lead was 20 going to the fourth quarter. The Cats would collect two more bonus shots in the fourth quarter, one each by Raiden Ferguson and Trenton Jones, as they rolled to the win. Hill finished with 22 points and Jones was 4-4 from beyond the arc for his 12 points.

Cossatot River 51, LadyCats 46

Leigh Swint and Heaven Sanchez each connected on early three-pointers and after CR had gone up by 5, Sanchez scored on a putback while Swint and Joleigh Tate added free throws to make it 15-13 after one. A Tate layup tied the score early in the second period but the Lady Eagles responded with a 11-2 run and went on to a 28-19 halftime lead.

The teams swapped baskets early in the third quarter, but all of the LadyCats’ were two-pointers while Cossatot swished three bonus shots to make it 41-27. Hayley Roberts was the first LadyCat to get a three to go in the quarter and that started a 10-3 run. Swint would also nail a three and Roberts scored twice inside to close the gap to 44-37 after three. After a CR basket opened the fourth, Tate put in two free throws and Swint buried a contested three-pointer for 46-42. The Lady Eagles then hit a basket before Booneville went to the line seven times in short order. However, they were only able to connect twice in that time frame. The next time they got fouled, though, Karmen Kent dropped both of them in and it was 48-46. The LadyCats twice got stops on the other end but could not get a shot to drop, and eventually CR put in three free throws to ice the win.

Tate led BHS with 12 points and seven rebounds, with Swint adding 10. Roberts scored 9 while Sanchez had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Kent, who was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, came on in the second 16 minutes and shut down the Lady Eagles’ top scorer Kayla Richardson, limiting her to two second-half points.

Bearcats 53, Cossatot River 47

In a low scoring first quarter, Jordan Sanchez made the difference inside by scoring twice to give the Cats a 9-6 lead after one. Austin Hill hit his second three of the game to give Booneville a 14-9 lead and after the Eagles cut it to one point, C.J. Johnson followed suit. Mason Goers and Blake Jones each added a basket to keep the host team at bay and Booneville led 21-17 at the break.

They maintained that four point lead through much of the third quarter; Goers hit a three to nudge it to five and after the Eagles cut it back to one, Jacob Herrera dropped in a layup and added a bonus shot to make it 33-27. But CR Score of the last six of the period, four of them by Dakota Gentry, making it a new game with eight minutes left. Hill responded with two free throws and then he and Goers threw in back-to-back threes for 41-35. Gentry responded with a basket but Johnson hit from 15 and then Sanchez took over. The senior post player launched an unexpected 15-footer that dropped and he added two layups for a 49-41 lead. Gentry then hit a three, but that would be their last hurrah as Booneville hit four free throws down the stretch that rendered a late Eagle bonus ball unimportant.

Hill scored 13 points and Sanchez added 12 on 5-for-7 shooting from the field. Goers and Herrera scored eight apiece and Herrera also handed out four assists, while the guards, Jones and Johnson, led in rebounds with seven and six respectively. 

Cedarville 68, LadyCats 55

Karmen Kent’s layup gave BHS an early lead but Cedarville went on a 19-1 run sparked by five three-pointers. Three of those came from Makayla Pearcy and the Lady Pirates led 21-5, but Booneville replied with 10 in a row of their own as Kent scored three times and Heaven Sanchez twice. Two Leigh Swint free throws narrowed it to 24-17 after one. She also hit a three after a Chloe Morrow basket, but this time it was Katie McBroom who fired in three threes. Pearcy added another — her fifth of the half — and CHS led by 17. But then they seemed to run out of gas and the LadyCats responded with the last eight points of the quarter, with a Swint layup narrowing the lead to 39-30.

Kent started the third quarter with a putback and Swint and Sanchez would add baskets, but in the meantime McBroom threw in three more bonus shots. The Lady Cats answered with three of their own, one each by Joleigh Tate, Hayley Roberts and Brooke Turner, but they could not keep Cedarville off the board and the Lady Pirates maintained their nine point lead going into the fourth quarter. They then put it away by scoring the first 10 of the fourth quarter, including Pearcy’s sixth and last three. Still the LadyCats kept battling and outscored Cedarville 10-4 the rest of the way.

Kent put in a career-high 21 points and had nine rebounds. Swint scored 13, while Sanchez had eight points and eight assists. Tate pulled down 10 rebounds, but ultimately Cedarville’s 14 total three-pointers was the difference.

Cedarville 74 Bearcats 56

The Pirates hit the Cats with the first 10 points of the game but Booneville battled back, with C.J. Johnson opening the scoring. That sent Booneville off on a 10-3 run with four different players contributing baskets. But Cedarville responded with a 12-5 run of their own, with Austin Cluck hitting two threes near the end of the period to go ahead 25-15. Johnson, Evan Escobedo and Jacob Herrera all scored to counter two more Cedarville threes, and then Herrera took three consecutive charges, leading to a Jordan Sanchez basket to get BHS within eight. Sanchez would score twice more and Escobedo would add a basket, but the Cats still trailed 37-29 at the break.

The Pirates opened the third quarter by scoring eight consecutive points before Herrera could answer. That made it 45-31, and Cedarville would open a 16-point lead before Escobedo led a six-point run To make it 49-39. A Sanchez basket at the end of the quarter kept the deficit at 10 heading into the last eight minutes, but after Herrera hit a three-pointer to cut it to seven, the rest of the period belonged to Cedarville‘s Austin Slay. He scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the quarter as Booneville failed to find a sufficient response.

Herrera led Booneville with 13 points; the Bearcats put four players into double figures as Escobedo scored 11, with Johnson and Sanchez tallying 10 each. Slay by himself went to the free-throw line 15 times in the fourth quarter, making 11.

Booneville freshman Dax Goff (21) makes a free throw in the second half against Danville last Monday. In the first quarter, Goff became the first Booneville junior high basketball player to dunk in a game and he finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals in the 41–38 win.

Goff makes history with dunk in win over Danville

With 1:42 left in the first quarter of the Booneville junior boys’ game at Danville last Monday, Booneville freshman Dax Goff sent the traveling fans into a frenzy.

After making a steal, Goff came down the floor and slammed the ball home. It was the first dunk by any Booneville junior high player.

However, Danville got past that and made life hard for the Junior Bearcats. The Little Johns even led at halftime and almost erased a 12-point Booneville lead in the final period as BJH hung on for a 41-38 win.

Almost the same script was followed the next night at Cossatot River as the Eagles, trailing 27-9 at halftime, rallied back within six points before Booneville went on to win 41-33. The two wins moved the Junior Bearcats to 12-1 on the season.

In the only girls action of the week, the Junior LadyCats did not let Danville hang around as they did in their other meeting. With Lexi Franklin and Angie Brown hitting threes in the first quarter, BJH opened an early 11-point lead and cruised to a 29-16 win. The Junior LadyCats are 9-5 as of this writing, having won five of their last six.

The junior high district tournament, which was slated to be held in Booneville next week, has been canceled. Therefore, the Booneville junior high teams will close their season at home against Hackett tomorrow night.

Junior Bearcats 41, Danville 38

Macolen Tillery’s putback got Booneville off to a good start and the Junior Cats opened the game on a 10-0 run. Six of those points came from Dax Goff and the last of those baskets made history, as Goff stole the ball and slammed it home on the other end. Danville, though, scored the last four points of the quarter and the first six of the second order to even it after a basket and two free throws from Weston Blankenship.

Colter Fisher responded with a basket and a free throw, but Blankenship led his team on an 8-1 run thereafter, and his three-pointer gave Danville an 18-16 lead at halftime.

Booneville seemingly put it in the bag with an 11-1 third quarter, with Goff scoring eight of the points. Fisher hit a free throw and Jace Washburn closed the run with an eight-footer for a 27-19 lead after three. BJH pushed the lead even further out early in the fourth quarter, as Goff scored six points in a nine-point run. This made it 36-21 but Danville was not nearly done. Blankenship, who finished with 21 points, hit a three to ignite a quick 12-point rally to get the Little Johns within three. Goff and Fisher each hit a pair of free throws, but Blankenship dropped another three-pointer to make it 40-38. Noah Stewart then hit a free throw and Danville was unable to get a three-point shot off at the end.

Goff finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals on the night. Fisher added 10 points and Washburn six.

Junior LadyCats 27, Danville 16

With the score 4-2 for Booneville, a Lexi Franklin three-pointer started a 10-1 blitz. Angie Brown scored on a putback and Ryleigh Love got a steal and layup before Brown ended the quarter with a three-pointer. Linley Garrett started the second period with a steal and layup and after Danville got back within nine, Love converted three of four from the line. A Franklin putback gave BJH a 21-10 advantage at the break. 

A 6-1 third quarter put it away. Garrett scored twice and Brown added a layup to make it 27-11 after three. The Junior LadyCats did not score in the last quarter, but the defense was more than enough. Beverly Harrison and Ellie Smith took turns spelling Love in the post and Coach McKenzie Morris was able to empty her bench late on. Dana Matthews ripped down a couple of rebounds in the late going.

Garrett led in scoring with eight, with Brown adding seven. Franklin scored five, got six rebounds and made seven steals, bringing her season total in that category to 71. In a very unusual stat, the Junior LadyCats are 2-0 this season when failing to score in the fourth quarter.

Junior Bearcats 41, Cossatot River 33

Booneville threw a shutout at the Eagles in the first quarter, with Dax Goff, Dakota Mattson and Jace Washburn scoring baskets for a 6-0 lead. Two Colter Fisher three-pointers doubled that advantage before CR could get on the scoreboard. The league grew to 25-6 when Goff hit a three-pointer and Noah Stewart added a free throw, with a Jonah Nguyen buzzer-beater keeping the 18-point lead in tact at the break.

Goff hit another three after an Eagle basket to start the third quarter and make it 30-11, but soon after he picked up his fourth foul. With the Booneville big man sidelined, the Eagles scored 10 out of the next 11 points to get back in the game. It was 33-23 after three and CR was still not finished as they pulled within 35-29 early in the fourth quarter. Two Stewart free throws and a layup by Washburn restored a little order, making it a 10-point lead, and the Junior Cats held on from there. Goff led with 12 points, with Stewart and Fisher adding 10 apiece.

Junior Bearcats 49, Cedarville 25

Booneville got off to a rousing start as Colter Fisher and Dax Goff each claimed a steal and layup to make it 6-0. There was no letup through the rest of the period as Jace Washburn and Goff each scored, then Dakota Mattson hit a three at the horn for a 15-4 lead. Goff scored the first four points of the second quarter and Fisher added the next five for a 20-point lead.  Goff would add two more baskets in the quarter and BJH led 28-11.

Goff and Mattson started the third quarter with layups which was followed by a Fisher three-pointer and another Goff basket.  At that point, Coach Ronnie Denton started rotating players in. Cody Sim and Jonah Nguyen each scored their first points of the season late in the third quarter and Booneville led 41-16. Landen Ritchie and Noah Stewart both buried threes in the fourth quarter and another basket by Nguyen rounded out the scoring. Goff scored 18 to lead Booneville with Fisher adding 10, and both players also had 4 steals.