Hector takes down Booneville 43-41

BOONEVILLE — The Hector Lady Wildcats defeated the host Booneville Lady Bearcats 43-41 in the first round of the Booneville Invitational on Tuesday.

Hector trailed 8-7 after the first quarter but led 20-14 at halftime.

After the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats were up 32-26.

“We were proud to get our first win under our belt tonight,” Hector head basketball coach Luke McAnulty said. “We have struggled with closing out strong in the fourth quarter, but tonight we were able to hold the lead against the Lady Bearcats on their home court.”

The Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by Evelyn Riley with 18 points. Courtney Barnett scored 10 points. Alyssa Gililland scored seven points. Andrea Sears scored four points, and Molly Haley scored two points.

Booneville was led in scoring by Hannah Gregory with 15 points. Baylee Moses scored 14 points.

Hector will play again at 7 p.m. tonight against Cossatot River.