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Harrel Gets Quick Start In Hoops

Cody Harrel had just a few days to switch from football mode to basketball mode. Against Heavener in the first round of the Mansfield Tournament, he made it seem seamless.

The senior hit the tying basket with five seconds left to force overtime, finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Bearcats came away with a 71-65 win over the Wolves. He ended up averaging double figures in points and rebounds for the tournament, but the Cats could not get by Mansfield or Hackett.

The Lady Cats were well-beaten by Heavener but hung in with Union Christian for most of the game before dropping a 47-41 decision.

The Bearcats start, and the Lady Cats resume, conference play this week. The girls are home against Dardanelle tomorrow night, with the boys following on Friday.

Bearcats 71

Heavener 65 (OT)

Booneville started quickly, moving to an early 8-2 lead on a Jacob Krepps layup. But Heavener came back to tie the game at 10 before a Brandon Wolski layup and Dakoda Owens’ second three-pointer of the quarter gave BHS a 15-10 lead after the first quarter. Owens and Wolski nailed back-to-back bonus shots to keep the Wolves off the Cats’ heels for a while but after a Trevor Jones layup Heavener scored eight in a row—six by Noah Davis—to take the lead. They would extend it to five before a Wolski three, but Booneville could not catch up and the Wolves led 35-32 at the break.

Jones tied the game by converting a three-point play to start the third quarter and after Heavener answered, Owens dropped a three-pointer to give the Bearcats the lead back. They extended it to 44-39 after Jones scored again but Heavener ran off the last six points of the quarter and led 45-44 after three. The Wolves would lead by four early in the fourth quarter but a three-point play by Cody Harrel started a 9-1 run. Harrel was responsible for six of the points and the Cats led 54-50. After the teams traded free throws, Davis’ three-point play, two Dylan May free throws and another by Davis, who scored 29 points, put Heavener back on top. Both teams missed opportunities within the last minute and two Heavener misses at the line gave it to Booneville, who called time with 8.8 seconds left. The ball went to Harrel, who drove the baseline and elevated over two Wolves to get a shot off from six. The shooter’s roll favored the senior and the game went to overtime.

Krepps threw in his first three-pointer of the season to start overtime and after Davis replied, Owens dropped his fifth bonus ball of the game. Heavener scored inside but Booneville would collect the next eight points starting with layups by Krepps and Harrel. They would follow with four of six from the line to render a late three by Heavener meaningless.

Wolski had his best game as a Bearcat, scoring 16 points and dealing out six assists with only one turnover while going 6-for-7 from the field. Owens scored 15, all on threes, with Harrel collecting 14 points and 14 rebounds. Krepps had 12 points and eight rebounds and Jones added 11.

Heavener 65 Lady Cats 33

Alley Vaught hit a basket to start the game and added two free throws to tie it at 4 a little later, but Heavener outscored Booneville 12-3 the rest of the quarter as the Lady Wolves did not allow a field goal after Vaught’s initial basket. Meanwhile, Jodie Hill was making hay from the free-throw line, scoring eight of her 12 first-quarter points from the stripe as HHS led 16-7 after one. They stretched it to 25-8 before Booneville got their next field goal, a 15-footer from KhyLeigh Cobb. Baskets by Hannah McClung and Logan Lyle got the Lady Cats within 11 but Heavener scored the last four points of the half to take a 29-14 lead.

Heavener put it away early in the third quarter with a 12-0 run with half the points coming from Hill. Kaitlynn Davis broke the drought with two putbacks, but Heavener scored on seven free throws, six by Hill, before Holley Maness beat the third-quarter buzzer with a three-pointer. But that only made it 49-21. Paige Joyce got a couple of bonus shots to go in the fourth quarter to account for half of the Lady Cats’ output in the period. Vaught led Booneville with seven points and Joyce added six, while Hill hit 20-of-24 from the line on the way to 28 points.

Union Christian 47

Lady Cats 41

A basket by Logan Lyle combined with two free throws and a bucket from Alley Vaught staked the Lady Cats to an early lead and Paige Joyce’s three made it 9-5. But after the teams traded baskets, Union hit three bonus shots in a row interrupted only by a Hannah McClung basket and the Lady Eagles had a 16-13 lead after one quarter. They extended it to 20-14 before Lyle hit from 15 and Morgan Osborne dropped a three-pointer to get BHS within one. But Bethany Brown replied with a bonus shot of her own; a free throw each by Lyle and Vaught drew the Lady Cats within 23-21 at the break.

Lyle scored all nine of Booneville’s points in the third quarter on three short shots and a three-pointer. Her last layup got Booneville within 33-30 after UCA had taken an eight-point lead, but the Lady Eagles scored the last two points of the quarter and led 35-30 after three. It became 40-31 early in the fourth quarter before BHS made their last push. Kaitlynn Davis started it with a three-point play and she followed a Union free throw with another basket. Another UCA charity shot was met by two by Vaught and the Lady Cats were within 42-38. They appeared to catch a break when Mary Katherine Qualls missed two from the line, but Brown collected the rebound and scored. This, combined with Peach’s three-pointer, proved too much to overcome.

Lyle scored 16 points to lead the Lady Cats with Vaught scoring 10 and adding 10 rebounds. The difference ended up being that the Lady Eagles were 8-for-17 on three-pointers.

Mansfield 57 Bearcats 48

Booneville started red-hot with Dakoda Owens, Brandon Wolski and Cody Harrel each hitting a three-pointer; baskets by Jacob Krepps and Trevor Jones meant that every starter had scored exactly one basket midway through the first quarter. But the host team came back by scoring the next nine points, five by Ben Fisher, before another Owens three put the Cats on top 16-12 after one. Booneville pushed the lead to six again on another Owens bonus shot but after the teams traded baskets, Mansfield went on a 9-2 run to close the period as Tyler James’ stickback gave the Tigers a 26-25 halftime lead.

Mansfield followed that with the first nine points of the third quarter to go up by 10 before Wolski hit a free throw and Krepps scored inside. But a Carl Jones basket gave MHS a 39-28 lead and, despite another Owens three, the Tigers led 46-34 after three quarters. Booneville tried to rally starting with layups by Michael Springs and Trevor Jones and after Carl Jones answered, Trevor Jones nailed four free throws in a row, which made it 49-42. A Harrel charity toss drew BHS within six but Dallas Morgan stopped the rally with a three-point play. After that, the Tigers were content to trade points with the Cats the rest of the way.

Owens scored 12 points for the Cats while Harrel added 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Wolski and Trevor Jones added eight each, with the latter not missing a shot. But Carl Jones had a big night, scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for Mansfield.

Hackett 41 Bearcats 38

Booneville again started fast with Dakoda Owens countering an opening Hornet basket with a three-pointer. Trevor Jones followed with a layup and Jacob Krepps hit twice for 9-2. A Jones three-point play helped BHS along to a 12-6 lead after one quarter. Hackett was quick to tie it at 12 at the start of the second period but Booneville answered back with six of their own, four of them by Cody Harrel. An Owens layup made it 18-12 and his three-ball pushed the Booneville lead to 21-16 at the halftime break.

A Brandon Wolski 15-footer and a Krepps layup pushed the lead to nine and everything seemed comfortable as the Bearcats maintained no less than a five-point lead throughout the third quarter. A Jones free throw put Booneville on top 30-23 after three. Buddy Nichols hit a three for Hackett to start the fourth quarter and a pair of baskets countered a free throw and drew the Hornets within one. Jones hit two more free throws but Hackett countered with a three-ball to tie things up at 33. Harrel took care of that with two layups but Hackett re-tied it at 37 before Jones hit a free throw. But Nichols fired in a long three-pointer and Booneville then turned it over. Nichols hit a free throw but missed the second, keeping the door cracked for the Cats to force overtime, but a Harrel three-pointer spun out.

Jones led Booneville with 10 points, with Krepps adding nine, and Harrel and Owens eight each. But Owens had a rough night shooting, going 2-for-10 from distance, and Booneville could not do much better on layups (10-for-24).

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