The Boonville boys and girls JV basketball teams looked the part of a team that last played almost a month ago Tuesday night at home against the Fulton Hornets.
While the Lady Pirates led for almost the entire game, the fourth quarter proved to be the deciding factor as the Lady Hornets rallied back with a 12-6 advantage for a 30-27 victory. As for the Boonville boys, they struggled in the middle two periods against Fulton while dropping a 58-52 decision.
The Lady Pirates, 1-5 on the season, had a rough start to say the least while trailing Fulton 9-4 after first period’s end but made up for it in the second quarter with a 9-3 advantage to lead by one at 13-12. Then, after outscoring the Lady Hornets 8-6 in the third quarter to make it 21-18, Boonville had another one of those quarters they would just as soon forget while putting up only six points in the loss.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said this was their first game in about a month and at times you could tell.  
“The girls came out slow but by second quarter they started to run their offense and play more aggressive on defense and they got themselves back in the ballgame,” Freese said.  “We came back after half and our intensity on defense dropped off and that allowed Fulton to knock down some shots and get back in the game. This was a frustrating loss for the girls but this is one of those games after the outcome that we will use as a building opportunity and let them learn from mistakes and get ready for their next game.”
Sydnee Poindexter had the high game for Boonville with 15 points along with six steals, two rebounds and two assists.
Jessica Luscombe, meanwhile, finished the game with four points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Anna Nelson chipped in four points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist while Kelsi Dillender added two points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist and Whitney Bush with two points, three steals and one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from the foul line.
For Fulton, Kenzie Shaw and Baleigh Hortstmeier each had nine points while Rachel Guse added six and Catherine Berrey with four.
As for the Boonville boys JV basketball team, they took a different approach while leading Fulton 16-10 after first period’s end. However, in the second quarter, the Hornets rallied back with a 18-10 advantage to lead by two (28-26) at the half.
Fulton also won the third quarter by outscoring Boonville 13-6 to go up 41-32. But even that was short-lived as the Pirates rallied back with a 20-17 scoring edge in the final period only to lose the game by six.
Boonville JV Coach Kent Peterson said his team struggled shooting the ball and valuing the ball and turned it over 18 times while only assisting the ball four times.  
“We were 23/67 from the field tonight which contributed to our lack of production,” Peterson said.  “Fulton’s pressure really hurt us and we did not take advantage of our opportunities when we did break pressure.  We had an 8-point lead in the second quarter but DeAundre Lewis picked up his third foul at the four minute mark and we struggled the rest of the half.  We got off to a slow start in the third quarter missing some easy shots and turning the ball over which allowed Fulton to extend to a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.  
“Give our kids credit, we picked up with man pressure and were able to tie the game at 41-41 with about four minutes to go in the fourth quarter.  We had a few loose possessions which allowed Fulton to extend the lead back out to nine points but our kids did not quit cutting the lead to three points with 23 seconds left.  Give Fulton credit, they hit 9-11 of free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the win.  I am proud of the effort our kids gave and having a three-week layoff was tough.  We definitely did not have our best night but learned from the experience and look forward to playing better on Friday night.  I was very proud of the effort and leadership of JT Washington tonight and his will to win.”
Galbreath had 23 points and Pittman 15 to lead all scorers for Fulton.
For Boonville, who dropped to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the NCMC, DeAundre Lewis finished the game with 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
JT Washington had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds along with four assists and two steals. Clayton Lang chipped in nine points, four rebounds and one steal while Bryce Fuemmeler had six points, two rebounds and two steals, Alec Viertel with six points and six rebounds and Dalton Hodge with two steals and one rebound.
The Pirates also finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field and 63 percent from the foul line.