The Boonville boys and girls basketball teams had the perfect cure for a NCMC win last night while hosting the Fulton Hornets in a varsity doubleheader at Fred Biesemeyer Court.
After dropping their conference openers against Marshall, the Boonville boys and girls were badly in need of a win in the conference, especially the Lady Pirates, who also fell last week at home against Moberly.
The Boonville boys and girls can now check that off their list after sweeping the Hornets by the scores of 54-42 and 54-36, respectively.
While the win improved the Lady Pirates season record to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the NCMC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he was very pleased with the girl's effort, especially holding Fulton's top-two scorers to just 12 combined points. "The girls did a great job moving the ball versus their zone defense until we got a good look," Hunziker said. "Lately we have talked about wanting to get more points in transition by pushing the ball and tonight that seemed to benefit us. I felt that by the middle of the third quarter Fulton had ran out of gas. After losing the last three contests it was a much needed win."
But even then it didn't come easy for the Lady Pirates, who finished the game shooting only 30 percent from the field.
That's the bad news. The good news is that Boonville made good on 6 of 8 shots from the foul line for 75 percent.
Nonetheless, the Lady Pirates controlled the game from the onslaught while leading Fulton 14-7 after first period's end, which included a 8-0 run over the final four minutes.
Sophomore Addy Reardon also had a hand towards the end of the first quarter for the Lady Pirates with six of the team's eight points.
But even then, the Lady Hornets hung around for the long haul while cutting the lead at one point at 18-16 after a three by freshman Sloane Totta with 4:42 left in the half. Fulton never got any closer in the ballgame as Boonville closed out the half with a 10-5 scoring edge to lead at the break 28-21.
Of course the Lady Pirates picked up where they left off in the first half by reeling off the first-six points in the third quarter on back-to-back baskets by Aly Wessing and Millie Moyer and two free throws by Morgan Edwards to extend the lead to 13 at 34-21.
Fulton never got any closer than 11 for the rest of the period as Boonville extended its lead to 14 (45-31) after three.
Edwards had seven of the team's 17 points in the third quarter for the Lady Pirates, who also shot a whopping 64 percent from the field.
The final period was pretty much a carbon copy of the game as Boonville continued to stay one step ahead of Fulton with a 9-5 advantage to win the game by 18.
Morgan Edwards finished the game with a double-double for Boonville with 22 points and 10 rebounds along with two steals and two assists.
Addy Reardon tallied 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals while Aly Wessing added six points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, Millie Moyer with four points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals, Olivia Imhoff with four points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, Cassidy Renfrow with two points, four rebounds and one steal and Carley Esser with one rebound and one assist.
For Fulton, Bailey Mitchell had 10, Sloane Totta eight and NaShayla Brandt six.
As for the Boonville boys, they also had something to prove after finishing 1-2 in the Linn Tournament last week.
While dropping the consolation game against Linn, head coach Scott Floyd said after the disappointing loss it was extremely nice to return home and claim their first conference win.
"Balanced scoring was a contributing factor in the win," Floyd said. "Three players hit in double figures while distributing the ball and finding openings in the Fulton zone. Overall, this was our best defensive game of the year, plus we were also able to get out in transition and hit some easy baskets."
Of course it doesn't get any easier for the Pirates tonight, as they host the undefeated and stated-ranked Moberly Spartans in NCMC action starting at 6 p.m.
Needless to say there was a lot to like in last night's game against Fulton. While outscoring the Hornets in all four quarters, which was a good start, the Pirates also had three players in double figures for the game.
Jay Barnhart and Tavious Brazil tied for the team-high for Boonville with 14 points while grabbing 11 rebounds each. Barnhart also had three assists and two steals in the game.
Damario Walker, meanwhile, finished the game with 12 points, four assists and three rebounds while Gus Kemp added eight points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist, Tyler Peterson with four points and one rebound and Gauge Sharp with two points, four rebounds and one steal.
The Pirates also shot well for the game, hitting 23 of 55 shots from the field for 42 percent.
Add it up and it's no wonder Boonville led Fulton 14-10 after first period's end and 30-20 at the break.
The Pirates also controlled the third quarter by outscoring the Hornets 12-11 to lead by 11 at 42-31. Although Fulton never got any closer than nine in the third, Boonville led by as much as 16 (42-26) after reeling off six straight on back-to-back baskets by Jay Barnhart and Tavious Brazil and two free throws by Tyler Peterson with 1:38 left.
Barnhart also had one shot for YouTube in the third quarter. On an in-bounds play from the corner, Barnhart said he wanted to throw the ball cross-court to an open teammate. But what happened is that Barnhart accidently threw the ball in the basket, which in-turn went back to Fulton.
The fourth quarter was identical to the third, with Boonville holding a 12-11 advantage to win by 12.
Dalton Horstmeier was the only player in double figures for Fulton with 17 points.