With many prospective players still in football, the Bearcat senior boys basketball team suited out only seven players for their season opener at Lavaca last Monday.
That was plenty.
Dakoda Owens hit four three-pointers, finishing with 14 points, and three other Bearcats were in double figures as the Cats led by as many as 12 points before accepting a 55-48 win in Ronnie Denton’s first game as head coach.
The girls’ team also picked up their first win of the season, showing substantial improvement from when they scrimmaged the Lady Arrows earlier in the month. Logan Lyle sliced inside for 22 points, also getting six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Lady Cats’ 57-48 triumph. That marked Jason Wallace’s first win as Lady Cat head coach.
The Lady Cats had an early lead at Farmington on Saturday but then the Lady Cards’ pressure defense took its toll and Farmington went on to an easy win.
Booneville continues play in the Lavaca Tournament this week.
Lady Cats 57 Lavaca 48
Lavaca took an early 9-3 lead but Booneville only allowed the Lady Arrows three points in the last four minutes of the quarter. Meanwhile, Kaitlynn Davis scored inside before Logan Lyle added a basket and two free throws to narrow Booneville’s deficit to 12-9 after one period. Booneville then ripped off the first 10 points of the second quarter with two baskets each by Lyle and Davis and one from Morgan Osborne. LHS fought back as Codie Robertson hit a pair of threes and Bailey Crawford added a three-point play, tying the score at 21. But two Hannah McClung baskets and a Lyle three-ball put Booneville on top 28-23 at halftime.
The Lady Cats used a 7-2 run at the beginning of the third quarter to take charge. Lyle had four of the points as BHS went on top 35-24. Another run, with Lyle, Alley Vaught, Paige Joyce and Selena Guerrero each scoring gave the Lady Cats their biggest lead at 45-31. LHS fought back to close the gap to eight after three periods and moved within six early in the fourth. But a three-point play by Davis midway throught he final quarter sealed the deal as Booneville then led 55-45.
Lyle scored a career-high 22 points and also led in rebounds with six. Davis added 11 points and McClung eight. Lyle and McClung each had three assists.
Bearcats 55 Lavaca 48
The Bearcats’ first three baskets of the season all came from bonus land as Dakoda Owens opened the scoring, then Dalton Herrera and Brandon Wolski each added threes and a Trevor Jones layup put the Cats ahead 11-5. The Arrows rallied and were within 14-12 after one quarter, then tied the game with the first basket of the second quarter. But Wolski and Herrera scored inside before Booneville turned back to the three with Owens hitting a pair, then scoring inside. This was part of a 14-4 bearcat run that put BHS ahead 32-18, and they led 32-20 at the break.
Owens’ fourth three-ball preceded baskets by Wolski and Jacob Krepps as Booneville established a 17-point advantage. But Lavaca got within 10 points by the end of the quarter, then scored six in a row at the start of the fourth to close to within 41-37. But Jones got two key buckets and Krepps added another to re-establish a 10-point lead. Lavaca closed within four once again and made Booneville try to ice the game from the line, which they did by going 7-for-10 in the last two minutes.
Owens had a career-high with 14 points while Herrera opened his Bearcat career with a 12-point, eight-rebound effort. Krepps added 11 points, Wolski 10 and Jones eight as the Cats turned in a solid season opener.
Lady Cats 21
Alley Vaught gave the Lady Cats an early lead; after Farmington scored the next two baskets, Logan Lyle drove for a basket and then fed Morgan Osborne for a layup and a 6-4 lead. But then the roof fell in as Farmington scored 21 unanswered points, extending to midway through the second quarter. Lyle finally broke the run, then Ashdon Ross hit from 12 and Paige Joyce got a pair from the line. But FHS led 39-12 at the break. They steadily extended that margin throughout the second half.
Selena Guerrero scored five second-half points, which was good enough for the team lead. Lyle and Ross followed with four points each, and Hannah McClung led in rebounding with four. But the Lady Cats were overwhelmed 37-17 on the boards and only shot 24 percent for the game.