Five on five. Booneville’s Michael Springs (5) drives around Pottsville’s Michael Perry in the first half of Thursday’s game.
Cody Harrel continued to be lights out for the Bearcat basketball team last week, ripping Subiaco for 28 points last Tuesday and scoring 13 in the first half against Pottsville on Thursday.
But apart from Dalton Herrera, he did not get much support from his teammates during the week, and both the Trojans and the Apaches eased to double-digit wins. In a makeup game on Monday, Waldron sizzled from behind the three-point line and never let Booneville back in the game after an opening 16-2 run.
The Lady Cats, after an early flurry, were no match for the league-leading Lady Apaches last Thursday.
Waldron 69 Bearcats 46
Clay Doster’s three opened the scoring and after another WHS basket, Jacob Krepps opened the Booneville account with a 10-footer. But that was to be the only Bearcat scoring for quite some time as Ethan Haga knocked down a bonus ball and Hunter added three baskets, the last of which gave the Bulldogs a 16-2 lead. Brandon Wolski broke the drought with a three-pointer and Dalton Herrera added another but the Cats were still down 20-8 after one. The Dogs scored the first 10 points of the second quarter before Herrera was able to respond. Booneville went on a bit of a flurry later in the quarter with a 6-2 run but Waldron simply had everything going for them, as Ball’s desperation three-pointer found the basket and Waldron led 42-18 at the break.
Any further doubt was erased when the Bulldogs scored nine of the first 11 points of the third quarter to go up 51-20. A Herrera three-point play, two Cody Harrel baskets and Trevor Jones’ first three of the season helped BHS avoid the mercy rule, but Waldron was still on top 52-30 after three. Booneville would not get any closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
Herrera led Booneville with 14 points and Harrel added 12, all in the second half. But the real story was Waldron’s shooting; they shot at a torrid 64 percent clip in the first half, including 7-for-9 from three-point range.
Subiaco 66 Bearcats 52
Cody Harrel’s three-pointer started the proceedings and after Subi scored seven in a row, the senior collected on a putback and Dalton Herrera went in for a layup to tie it at 7. After another tie at 9, Chris Reed gave the Trojans the lead before Herrera took it right back with a three-pointer. Harrel then beat the buzzer with a layup to put BHS up 14-11 after one. David Johnson’s three-ball promptly tied the score; Trevor Jones hit a free throw but Reed gave Subi the lead with a basket. Harrel answered right back but Reed scored again and Kamron Hurst banked one in for 20-17. After Herrera hit two from the line, Cash Krueger went to work, scoring five points of a seven-point run before Herrera was again able to knock down two from the stripe. Harrel would add two more baskets but Subiaco had a response for them all and the Trojans led 33-25 at halftime.
An 8-2 run to start the third quarter threatened to be decisive as the Trojans then led 41-27, but two baskets each from Herrera and Harrel at least kept the Cats within shouting distance. Harrel’s six-footer left the Bearcats with 12 points to make up in the fourth period and Harrel drove for a basket to get it down to 10 to start the quarter. But Krueger cashed in two from the line and Kelly Hollis drove for a layup before Dakoda Owens threw in a three-ball. That made it 51-40, but the Cats would get no closer, and Reed punctuated the Trojans’ win with a breakaway dunk.
Harrel racked up 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the floor, while Herrera added 13 for the Cats. But Reed was himself hot, racking up 30 for the Trojans while Krueger put in 19.
Pottsville 60 Lady Cats 18
Each of the first two Lady Apache baskets were countered by a Morgan Osborne jumper, but Pottsville then went on a 12-1 run the rest of the quarter and led 16-5 after one. A further 14-2 run early in the second quarter, with Logan Lyle scoring the only Booneville bucket, put PHS comfortably ahead. Hannah McClung would hit twice from the line late in the quarter, but Pottsville led 32-9 at the break.
McClung would add another free throw and Osborne connected on another mid-range jumper in the third quarter, but Pottsville was in complete charge and led 52-14 after three. The Lady Cats got baskets from Paige Joyce and Holley Maness in the fourth quarter. Osborne led Booneville with six points.
Pottsville 53 Bearcats 39
Booneville quickly registered a 6-1 lead on two Cody Harrel layups and one by Jacob Krepps, but the Apaches would score the next nine, seven of them by Michael Perry. Perry would score 12 in the quarter and the Apaches led 15-10 after one. That lead was quickly erased as Harrel knocked down a three, then Dalton Herrera tied it with two free throws and Harrel presented the Bearcats with the lead at 17-15 with an acrobatic layup. Perry hit from 18 but Harrel answered right back; however, PHS closed the half on a 12-2 run and they led 31-21 at halftime.
After PHS scored to start the third quarter, the Cats fought back with a pair of Dakoda Owens three-pointers. But Perry would answer with one of his own, and Travis Cole scored six in the quarter as Pottsville led 44-30 going to the last eight minutes. Two Brandon Wolski baskets and another from Michael Springs narrowed the gap to 12, but the Cats would fail to decrease the lead any further.
Harrel would finish with 16 points and complete a double-double with 11 rebounds. Wolski and Owens scored six each, but Perry racked up 18 and Cole 16 for the Apaches, who remain one game behind Maumelle for the league lead.