After having their burgeoning momentum disrupted by Ozark last Tuesday, Booneville’s senior high teams hoped to get some of it back against Paris in the last regular-season game on Friday.
After falling behind by as many as 20. the LadyCats made a third-quarter run fueled by three three-pointers to get within 10, but Paris was able to pull away in the end. After taking the lead after one, the Bearcats were outscored by Paris 24-8 in the second quarter. They made a second-half rally to tie the game twice late on, but the Eagles had just enough to sneak across the finish line with a 55-52 win.
Beth Wilkinson nailed three threes and had 19 points against the Lady Eagles while Baylee Moses continued her fine play of late, hitting double figures for the third game in a row. Meanwhile, Logan Bradley matched his career high with 26 points, including an 8-for-10 performance from the line.
The district tournament is in Pottsville, and both Booneville teams played last night with the girls facing Dardanelle and the boys taking on West Fork. A win by either or both sends them to regionals which this year will be in Berryville.
Ozark 56 LadyCats 29
The unbeaten Lady Hillbillies got out to a quick 8-0 lead before Booneville got their first basket on a Beth Wilkinson layup. The senior scored the second basket as well, picking off a pass and going on a runout for the layup, but Ozark’s Lauren Lane hit her second three of the quarter just before the buzzer and Ozark led 13-4 after one. It would be the middle of the second quarter before Booneville would score again, and when Baylee Moses made that basket it was only good enough to cut the OHS lead to 14. She followed that with a three-pointer but Ozark scored the last five of the half to lead it 25-9.
Ozark used a 10-3 run at the start of the second half to take command of the game. The Booneville points came courtesy of a Hannah Gregory bonus shot, and Bailey Denton would add another three soon after that. Later, Booneville made a six-point run with Moses scoring two baskets and Kasidey Thompson another to get within 15, but Ozark scored the last six of the quarter, including Lane’s sixth three-pointer of the game, and they led 42-21 after three. They added another three early in the fourth quarter before Moses canned two free throws to halt the run, and Ozark led by as many as 28 late.
Moses led the LadyCats with 11 points, with Wilkinson contributing six points and six rebounds. But Booneville had no answer for the hot-shooting Lane, who was 6-for-8 from three-point range.
Ozark 51 Bearcats 24
The Bearcats started out in decent shape as Logan Bradley matched an early Ozark bucket and Jacob Gregory followed with a three. After the Hillbillies responded, Bradley again found his way to the hole for a layup for a 7-5 Bearcat lead, but OHS would score the last seven as an Ethan Dorrough steal and layup gave the host team a 12-7 lead. Booneville got within two early on the second quarter on another Bradley basket, this time a 15-foot jumper, but again the Hillbillies made a seven-point run with Dorrough converting a three-point play for 23-12. Booneville got back within seven at halftime when Camryn Lawson dropped a three-pointer late in the period.
The third quarter was Booneville’s downfall as they got only a Noah Reyes basket, plus they lost the services of Blakley Cobb early in the period. He landed on Ethan Haberer’s foot after the latter had made a layup and turned an ankle; Cobb would not return to the game. Ozark led 32-18 after three and they would outscore Booneville 19-6 in the fourth quarter. Logan Bradley, who led the Cats with eight, had a basket and Brandon Bradley got the other points on a three and a free throw.
Paris 55 LadyCats 36
Booneville stuck with the Lady Eagles early on as after Paris took a 6-2 lead, Booneville promptly tied it up on baskets by Beth Wilkinson and Bailey Denton. But Paris hit on four free throws before the end of the quarter and led 10-6. The second quarter was all Paris, as they scored the first eight points of that stanza led by a three and two by Lexy Lee, who finished with 23 points. Baylee Moses would hit from 15 for the only LadyCat points of the period and Paris led 18-8 at the break.
Lee dropped another three-pointer to start the third quarter and after Moses hit from 10, Paris went on a 9-0 run capped by a layup and two free throws from Jadyn Hart. But that prompted a Booneville rally as Wilkinson started it with a three-pointer. Shelby Posey followed with a 10-footer and then Wilkinson picked off a pass and converted the layup. Moses and Wilkinson then hit back-to-back threes to negate a Kieli Robinson basket and it was 33-23. But Robinson scored the last three points of the quarter and Paris also got the first nine points of the fourth quarter, with Lee’s fourth three of the night making it 45-23. Booneville never stopped battling as Wilkinson scored 10 of Booneville’s 13 points in the period with a Posey three-point play accounting for the rest.
Wilkinson bagged three bonus shots and just missed a double-double with 19 points and 9 rebounds, which enabled her to pass 700 career points. Moses added 10 for the LadyCats, but they had no answer for Lee, who went 7-for-8 from the field including four threes. Hart, a former Booneville player making her senior high debut, hurt the LadyCats defensively by making five steals.
Paris 55 Bearcats 52
Logan Bradley controlled the first quarter as he was responsible for all five baskets, scoring four and dropping off a pass to Noah Reyes for the other one. Paris had a brief 5-4 lead but Booneville closed it out with the last three baskets of the quarter. It looked like it was going to be a runaway as Booneville, on layups by Mason Weaver and Blakley Cobb, went up 14-5 early in the second quarter. But the Eagles found their wings and went on a 19-2 run to take an 8-point lead. Jordan Moore had eight points and Kris Graham seven in the run, and Graham got loose for a layup to send the Eagles to a 29-18 halftime lead.
Booneville came storming back with a 22-point third quarter. Cobb started it with a three-pointer, then Bradley hit two free throws and converted a three-point play. Cobb then hit from 15 and it was 32-28. Graham was the only person scoring for the Eagles; meantime Bradley hit two more free throws and Reyes converted a three-point play. Later a Camryn Lawson three got BHS within one and the teams swapped baskets at the end of the period as Paris led 41-40.
Graham promptly canned a three, but Bradley hit a free throw and Nate Riley followed a miss in and converted the three-point play to tie it at 44. Riley also tied it at 46 after Graham scored, but Krigbaum, a freshman, dropped a three-ball and Moore followed with a layup for 51-46. Riley scored again but Graham responded and after Weaver hit a reverse layup, Tyler Hall made a steal and was fouled. He missed the free throw and Booneville rebounded; however, the Eagles picked off a pass and scored. Bradley responded and the Eagles tried to run out the clock, but turned it over with 5.7 seconds left. However, Booneville could not get a good shot away.
Bradley matched his career high with 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds while blocking two shots, enabling him to become the career leader in that category. Riley and Cobb added seven each, but Cobb struggled mightily from the field. Not so Graham, who finished with 28 points as the Eagles shot 58 percent from the field.