Cats Rally But Fall Short

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<p><strong>Concentration</strong>. Lady Bearcat Salena Gurrero puts up a shot over a Dover defender in a game played last Thursday.</p>

Booneville’s senior high boys, facing a 12-point halftime deficit, came roaring back in the third quarter to close the lead down to a single basket late in the third quarter as Dakoda Owens threw in four three-pointers in the period. But the Eagles pulled away again and took a 15-point win.

The Lady Cats had one of those nights at Paris, but put together a good defensive effort at Dover, showing cause for optimism when the offense gets in gear.

Paris 59 Lady Cats 26

A Kaitlynn Davis basket gave Booneville a 2-1 lead and the Lady Cats kept Paris guessing for the first few minutes until an 8-0 run gave the Lady Eagles control. Davis added another basket and Selena Guerrero had a basket and a free throw but Morgan Highfield equaled that output by herself and had help as Paris took a 22-7 lead after one quarter. Logan Lyle got a basket and free throw early in the second quarter with Alley Vaught adding two free throws, but they only got a putback by Hannah McClung in the last four minutes and Paris led 35-14 at halftime.

The wheels came off in the third period as a Guerrero free throw was the only scoring as Paris ripped off 20 points in the quarter for a 51-15 lead after three. In the fourth quarter, Booneville racked up 11 points, four of which came from Ashdon Ross. Hannah Scantling also scored for her first career basket and Paige Joyce drilled a buzzer-beating three-pointer. Davis led with six points and seven rebounds.

Paris 67 Bearcats 52

The Cats started fast as Jacob Krepps scored twice and Dakoda Owens once for a 6-2 lead. The Eagles tied it but Trevor Jones’ basket put Booneville back on top. Paris then outscored Booneville 5-2 the rest of the period for a 13-10 lead. They also scored the first nine points of the second quarter before Dalton Herrera was able to reply. PHS further extended the lead to 29-12 before Herrera began the fightback, scoring seven points in the last two minutes to narrow the lead to 31-19 at the break.

Dakoda Owens started the third quarter with a three-pointer and Krepps added a free throw, then a basket. Owens followed with another bonus shot to make it 32-28. Paris scored the next four points but Owens got a putback, then hit two more threes and the Paris lead was down to 38-36. However, the Eagles scored the last six points of the quarter and led 44-36 after three periods. The lead blew out to 13 points but Booneville got it back down to nine after Matt Carter hit a three and James Loera put in a spinning layup. Two more Krepps baskets kept Booneville in range until a 12-3 run gave PHS control again.

Owens scored 17 points before fouling out with Herrera adding 13 and Krepps 11. Of the 19 Booneville baskets, 16 assists were credited with Herrera getting six and Brandon Wolski four. But the Cats were also guilty of 18 turnovers.

Dover 43 Lady Cats 30

It was not a good first quarter as Kaitlynn Davis’s layup was the only BHS basket of the period. Dover led 14-2 after one quarter, but the second period was a bit kinder to the Lady Cats. Davis and Alley Vaught scored inside before another Dover run gave the Lady Pirates a 25-6 lead. Davis would add three more points before the end of the quarter but Dover led 29-10 at the half.

A Lyle 10-footer and Davis’s putback moved Booneville with 15 points before the Lady Pirates threw in a three-pointer. Paige Joyce and Ashdon Ross got baskets but another bonus ball put DHS up by 20 after three. The Lady Cats made hay from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, hitting 9 of 12. Booneville scored the last 10 points of the game with five coming through Joyce, who added a three to two free throws. Lyle and KhyLeigh Cobb also converted both of their opportunities from the stripe.

Davis scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Lady Cats; the sophomore post player is now shooting over 57 percent from the floor. Joyce added a career-high seven points, and Lyle added six and handed out three assists with only one turnover.

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