Lady Dragons lead Boonville girls from start to finish for a 49-33 win

The Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team had its hands full in more ways than one Friday night while hosting Bunceton’s varsity at the Windsor gymnasium.
Although the Pirates got off to a great start while leading Bunceton 22-10 after one, the Dragons managed to make a game of it after that while cutting the lead to five at the half and one in the fourth quarter before losing by a score of 61-45.
As for the Boonville girls JV basketball team, which is made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores, they had a little tougher time against a junior and senior laden team from Bunceton while falling by a score of 49-33.
Boonville boys JV coach Kent Peterson said what a great environment and opportunity for the kids to play on a Friday night.
Of course Peterson was probably thinking otherwise after Bunceton rallied back to cut the lead to five (30-25) at the break. However, in the third quarter, the Pirates once again extended their lead over Bunceton with a 20-9 advantage to go up by a score of 50-34. Both teams then put up 11 points in the final period.
“Our kids were geared up for the game and enjoyed the environment and appreciate Bunceton giving us the opportunity to play them,” Peterson said. “We had our hands full with Jacob Clevenger, who is a load down in the low post and stepped out hitting some jump shots along with Kyler Tucker.  Give Bunceton credit, they got us in foul trouble in the first half and cut a 13 point lead in the second quarter to a  five point halftime lead.  
“They came out in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to  one point before we ran a play for Clayton Lang, who knocked down a big three-point shot to extend the lead back to four points.  Clayton shot the lights out hitting 6-8 of three-point shots and scoring 18 points on the night for us.  He did not play the entire second quarter due to foul trouble and only played about half of the fourth quarter so he had a tremendous night.  We got ourselves in some foul trouble in the first half and our reserves did a great job of contributing.  I thought Alec Viertel did a  nice job defensively in the second half to help us extend our lead.  Bryce Fuemmeler handled the ball well and was able to get us into our offensive sets as Bunceton changed defenses.  We shot free throws much better than we have as of late and hit seven three-point shots on the night.  Overall, it was a good bounce back game for us and really enjoyed the opportunity.  We have two league games this week and look forward to keeping our momentum rolling.”
 Clayton Lang finished the game for Boonville with 18 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Bryce Fuemmeler, meanwhile, had 11 points, three assists, one rebound and one steal. DeAundre Lewis chipped in 10 points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist while JT Washington added nine points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists, Alec Viertel with six points, three rebounds and two steals, Dalton Hodge with four points and two rebounds, Christian Burns with three points and two rebounds and Conner Pond with one rebound and one steal.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 4-7 on the season, Jacob Clevenger had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds while dishing out one assist and one steal.
Kyler Tucker added 13 points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists while Ashton Campbell had four points, four rebounds and one assist, Will Twenter with three points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist and Kyle Held with two points, six assists, four rebounds and one steal.
Bunceton coach Yancy Cody said his team did a nice job of pounding the ball inside. “We got into foul trouble and that hurt us a lot,” Cody said. “Boonville played very well and we had trouble guarding them.”
As for the Bunceton Lady Dragons, they led Boonville from start to finish while jumping out to a 26-11 lead at the half and then outscoring the Lady Pirates 23-22 in the final-two periods.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said the girls came out very sluggish after the lay off. “After the first quarter we played with better intensity and purpose,” Arnold said. “I was most excited about how we got to the basket instead of jump shots.”
Senior Erica Kahle led the Lady Dragons, who improved to 10-1 on the season, with 17 points along with four assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Rachel Emde finished the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds along with one steal and one assist while Maddy Berwanger added nine points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, Sam Brandes with six points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists, Becky Fredrich with two points and Julia Kahle with six assists, two steals and one rebound.
Boonville girls JV coach Ashley Freese said this was a challenging game for the girls knowing they were going to play a varsity team that is doing well this season but  they came out and they were aggressive from the beginning.  
“We had problems getting into our offense but once we would we would get something out of it,” Freese said.  “Were we lacked on offense our defense stepped up and helped them stay in the game.  Bunceton liked to run with the ball so it caused the girls to stay at a pace they were not used to and you could tell they got worn out but they pushed through it and fought back from being down by 31 to cut it to 16.  Was very proud of the effort and fight they showed in this game.”
Whitney Bush paced all scorers for Boonville, who dropped to 1-6, with nine points, six rebounds and three steals.
Courtney Timm had five points, three rebounds and three steals while Jessica Luscombe added four points, six rebounds and one steal, Kelsi Dillender with four points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists, Anna Nelson with four points, four rebounds and four steals, Sydnee Poindexter with three points, four assists, two steals and one rebound, Cali McAreavy with two points, six steals and four assists and Rashelle Bush with two points and two rebounds.