After playing their first-seven games on the road to start the 2012-13 season, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team finally had a home game they could call theirs last night against the Moberly Lady Spartans.
Except the ending to this particular game wasn’t exactly what the Lady Pirates had in mind against another young Moberly squad while losing by a score of 67-53.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the NCMC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he felt the girls responded to finally getting to play in front of their home crowd by jumping out to a 19-9 first-quarter lead.
“Moberly’s Ronni Graves went off with four threes in the second which eventually led to them taking a 32-31 lead into the half,” Hunziker said. “We need to do a better job of locating shooters and making sure that all shots are contested. Having Morgan (Edwards) in foul trouble throughout the game hurt our inside game. Addyson Reardon really stepped up tonight by having 19 points. Only shooting eight free throws throughout the night lets me know that we need to be more aggressive on offense and get the ball to high percentage areas.”
Shooting 38 percent from the field may have also had something to do with the loss, as the Lady Pirates were 23 of 60.
However after the first-eight minutes of the ballgame last night, Boonville looked to be well on its way to capturing its first conference win of the season by leading Moberly 17-9.
While hitting 7 of 11 shots from the field in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates also ran the ball up and down the floor while leading at one point by a score of 10-2 at the 5:02 mark when junior Aly Wessing made a full-court pass on an in-bounds play to Olivia Imhoff for a layup.
Meanwhile, after Moberly cut the lead to four (13-9) at the 1:39 mark on a three by junior Reghan Stuart, Boonville answered with back-to-back baskets by Cassidy Renfrow and Addyson Reardon to extend the lead to eight at 17-9.
The second quarter is a whole different story, though. Although the Lady Pirates continued to shoot the ball well, hitting 5 of 10 shots from the field for 50 percent, they also had a little trouble guarding senior Ronni Graves, who buried four threes to help cap a 9-0 run to give Moberly it’s first lead of the game at 18-17.
Although the man-to-man defense seemed to work for Moberly, as they forced 10 turnovers alone in the first half, Boonville still found a way to rally back over the final two minutes and 38 seconds as Reardon scored seven of her game-high 19 points to give the Lady Pirates the lead at 31-29 with 37 seconds remaining. However, with 12 seconds remaining, Graves buried yet another three to give Moberly a two-point lead at the break at 33-31.
While outscoring Boonville 23-14 in the second quarter, the Lady Spartans also held a 16-10 advantage in the third period to lead by a score of 48-41.
But even while trailing by seven, the Lady Pirates looked to be very much in the game while leading at one point at 41-39 with 2:10 left after a basket by Morgan Edwards. What happened after that is anybodys guess as Moberly came back and reeled off eight straight points to lead by seven.
Of course it didn’t help that the Lady Spartans also scored the first-six points of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 13 at 54-41 with 6:43 left.
Boonville never got any closer than 12 for the rest of the game while Moberly led by as much as 15 (60-45) at the 3:19 mark.
The Lady Spartans also dominated the fourth quarter by outscoring Boonville 19-12.
Graves led three players in double figures for Moberly with 17 points while Brittany Kroner added 15 and Taylor Fusselman 10.
For Boonville, Addyson Reardon had 19 points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Aly Wessing also finished the game with 10 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists while Olivia Imhoff added eight points, three steals and three assists, Morgan Edwards with seven points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist, Cassidy Renfrow with five points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, Millie Moyer with four points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds and Carley Esser with three rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Moberly also won the JV game in double overtime by a score of 52-48.
The Lady Pirates, 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the NCMC, battled back and forth all night against Moberly while leading 23-18 at the half and 33-30 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Moberly rallied back with a 12-9 advantage to tie the game at 42-all.
In the final minute of regulation, freshman Cali Jo McAreavy hit a three to tie the game at 42-all. Then, in last 25 seconds, Moberly ran the ball down to one final shot but missed at the buzzer.
In overtime, freshman Whitney Bush hit a shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to tie the game at 46-all. Unfortunately for Boonville, they never led again after that as Moberly responded with a 6-0 advantage in the second overtime for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said she was really proud of how the girls played this game.
“They played really good defense that caused them to get turnovers and transition for lay ups,” Freese said.  “We started looking for those outside shots that we haven't done before and that helped keep us in it.   They fought hard and I am real happy with progress they have made.”
Jaelyn LeRue and Kaitlee Hess each had 16 points in the game for Moberly.
For Boonville, Whitney Bush had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals while Cali Jo McAreavy added 11 points, four steals and one rebound, Anna Nelson with nine points, six rebounds and one steal, Rashelle Bush with eight points, three rebounds and one steal and Makenzie Ficken with five points and one rebound.