The Boonville boys and girls junior varsity basketball teams had a rare moment Tuesday night while hosting the Warrensburg Tigers at Fred Biesemeyer Court.
With the varsity boys playing in the opening round of the Linn Tournament and the varsity girls playing one night earlier at Warrensburg, the JV teams took their one moment to heart with the Lady Pirates winning 54-26 and the Boonville JV boys prevailing by 10, 56-46.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said this was a game the girls needed. "They did a really good job on both ends of the floor," Freese said. "The girls showed intensity throughout the whole game on their defense and didn't let up when they got a lead. On offense, they were able to look down the floor and transition for layups as well as get into their offense and get something out of it. This was one of those games that allowed everyone on the team to contribute in some way or another and build confidence for games down the road."
Of course it wasn't easy for the Lady Pirates early on, as they trailed at one point in the first quarter by a score of 14-10 before closing the gap to two at 14-12.
What happened after that is anybodys guess as the Lady Pirates couldn't seem to miss while outscoring Warrensburg 18-4 in the second to go up 30-18 and 16-4 in the third to make it 46-22. Boonville also held a 8-4 advantage in the fourth to win by 28.
Freshman Anna Nelson led the scoring attack in the game for Boonville, 1-3 on the season, with 20 points along with five rebounds and one steal.
Jessica Luscombe finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals while Cali Jo McAreavy added nine points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds, Rashelle Bush with four points and three rebounds, Whitney Bush with three points and two steals, Makenzie Ficken with two points, three steals and one rebound, Courtney Timm with two points, two rebounds and one steal and Kelsi Dillender with two rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Pirates also finished the night shooting 58 percent from the field and 60 percent from the foul line.
For Warrensburg, Kayla Woolen had eight, Karla Woolen six and Maggie Kohl with four.
For the Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team, they struggled offensively all night while shooting just 37 percent from the field and 53 percent from the charity stripe.
Nonetheless, the Pirates still led Warrensburg 15-14 after one, 29-22 at the half and 42-37 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville held a 14-9 scoring edge to win the game by 10.
Boonville JV Coach Kent Peterson said having not played in almost two weeks, they had to shake off the rust.
"Warrensburg was very athletic and did a good job of speeding us up and causing us to struggle to get into our offense," Peterson said. "We struggled at times with their full-court pressure and being able to get into our offense sets. I was proud of our guys in playing through the turnovers and lack of offensive continuity. Warrensburg took the lead a few times in the first half and we came right back at them to retake the lead.
"Bryce knocked down some big shots for us tonight and played through some turnovers and having a tough night at the free throw line. I ask a lot of him for a Freshmen and this was a good learning experience having a team put a lot of pressure on the ball with their run and jump defense. JT Washington did a great job on the boards especially in the first half with his offensive rebounding and put backs. Dalton Hodge did a great job on the defensive end with his pressure on the ball and gave us some great energy at crucial times. I love this group and their competitiveness in playing hard and being unselfish. We look forward to Tuesday night against Moberly in what should be a good game."
Freshman Bryce Fuemmeler led the Pirates with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.
JT Washington finished the game with a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds along with three steals. DeAundre Lewis had 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist while Clayton Lang added five points, six steals, three rebounds and three assists, Alec Viertel with five points and one rebound, Dalton Hodge with three points, one rebound and one steal and Christian Burns with one rebound.