The Booneville boys hoped to build momentum going into the district tournament with good showings last week. Instead, they ended up with a trio of stinging defeats that left them struggling as they entered tournament play.
They are currently the sixth seed after losses to Subiaco, Maumelle and Dardanelle, and played Dover on Monday hoping to keep that seeding. A loss would drop the Bearcats to seventh. They played either Dover or Mena last night at the district tournament in Pottsville with Subiaco awaiting the winner today.
Booneville’s girls continued their fine free throw shooting, hitting 18-of-24 against Dardanelle last Friday. But they could not connect on much else and were beaten 61-35 by the Lady Lizards, which was the same score as in the boys’ game.
The Lady Cats took on Maumelle last night with the victor moving on to play a suddenly struggling Dover team. With a win over the Lady Hornets, perhaps Booneville might be catching Dover at the right time to pull an upset. If either team advances to regionals, that will take place next week in Lincoln.
Michael Springs answered an opening Trojan basket with a layup but then the home team made a 18-2 run to put them up 20-4. Subi led 23-6 after one period; Booneville performed much better in the second frame with Dalton Herrera and Springs each scoring two baskets with Trevor Jones and Jacob Krepps getting the other points. But Cash Krueger was money for the Trojans, scoring 13 points in the quarter, and the Trojans enjoyed a 39-18 halftime lead.
Krueger also scored the first five points of the second half before Cody Harrel, who had been shut out in the first half, finally got on the board with a basket and two free throws. That, though, was all for the Cats in that quarter, and Krueger buried another three to make it 52-22 after the third quarter. With a running clock in the fourth period, the Cats got baskets from Jones and Herrera and a free throw by Kalin Owens, his first point of the season. Springs led the Cats with eight points.
The Hornets made sure early that there would not be a Booneville comeback like there was in Maumelle. They scored the first eight points before Michael Springs was able to reply and quickly established a 15-2 lead. This became 25-6 later and MHS led 31-8 after one quarter. Booneville finally put back-to-back baskets together in the second period when Trevor Jones buried his first three-pointer of the season and Jacob Krepps followed with a layup. But Maumelle just kept rolling, building a 48-18 lead at halftime.
Cody Harrel scored six points in the third quarter as Booneville managed to almost keep pace with the Hornets in that frame. But Kendall Donnerson had eight points including a massive dunk in the period, and Maumelle invoked the sportsmanship rule by leading 65-34 after three periods. Harrel hit a two and a three and Kalin Owens got in the scorebook as he had against Subiaco by converting the first of a two-shot foul. Harrel finished with 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Booneville.
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Booneville did not get on the board until under the two-minute mark, by which time Dardanelle had scored 12. Logan Lyle nailed a free throw and Hannah McClung scored on a layup and added a free shot to make it 12-4 after one period. Two Alley Vaught charity tosses got BHS within six, but Dardanelle scored the next four points. Morgan Osborne replied from 12 feet and Lyle canceled a Lady Lizard basket with a pair from the line, but DHS finished on a 7-2 run and led 26-12 at the break.
Vaught’s 12-footer started the second half, but another 7-2 blitz put Dardanelle up by 18. They stretched it to 23 before Lyle swished four free throws in a row to make it 39-20 after three periods. The Lady Cats started to warm up from the field in the fourth quarter, with Lyle hitting a three-pointer and Osborne, McClung and Vaught adding baskets. But they could not make up any ground because the Lady Lizards were hot as well. A McClung putback was Booneville’s last basket and the Lady Cats only scored on free throws in the last three minutes.
Lyle tallied 13 points, 10 of which came from the line. Vaught added nine, and McClung scored eight and grabbed seven rebounds. Booneville shot 75 percent from the free-throw line, but only 19 percent from the field.
Dardanelle’s Makenna Spears dominated the first quarter with 10 points and five rebounds. Dalton Herrera accounted for all of the Booneville offense in the first quarter with a 15-footer and a three-pointer as the Sand Lizards led 11-5 after one quarter. Cody Harrel drove for a layup and Brandon Wolski drilled one from about 30 feet to keep things close, but the Cats hit another drought and Dardanelle went on a 11-2 run before Harrel scored inside. Two late three-pointers put the Lizards in control 31-14 at halftime.
Trevor Jones scored inside to start the third quarter but then DHS racked up the next seven points before Jones was able to cash in with two from the line. The teams traded baskets before Dardanelle went on a 9-3 mini-run to make it 49-23. Michael Springs replied but the Lizards scored the last seven including a desperation shot by Will Lawrence at the buzzer that found a home for 56-25 after three periods. Dakoda Owens ended a long three-point drought by hitting one in the fourth quarter, but the game had long since got out of hand. Harrel led Booneville with nine points and Herrera added eight; the Bearcats were badly outrebounded 29-18 and Dardanelle shot 52 percent from the field compared with 34% for the Cats.