After trailing by 18 at the break Friday night against the Kirksville Lady Tigers, Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker challenged his players to win the second half by cleaning up their mistakes.
Although Kirksville wound up outscoring Boonville 31-27, Hunziker said the girls appeared to be up for the challenge and kept fighting to the end in a 67-45 loss.
“During the first half we made a lot of mental mistakes which led to Kirksville points,” Hunziker said. “Kirksville has a group of guards that can flat out shoot and defend and a good inside game with Cook.”
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville started the game down by nine (19-10) after first period’s end or that Kirksville outscored the Lady Tigers 17-8 in the second to lead at the break by a score of 36-18. But then to make matters worse, Kirksville also held a 19-12 advantage in the third to extend its lead to 25 at 55-30. However, in the fourth quarter, Boonville rallied back with a 15-12 scoring edge to cut the lead back to 22.
McKenzie Russell had 18 points and Ashton Vorkink 15 for the Lady Tigers, who improved to 15-1 overall.
For Boonville, Morgan Edwards had 18 points, two steals, one rebound and one assist. Aly Wessing finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal while Cassidy Renfrow added five points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, Millie Moyer with five points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, Olivia Imhoff with four points, six steals, four assists and one rebound, Addy Reardon with two points, three assists and one steal and Carley Esser with one rebound and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 20 of 51 shots from the field for 39 percent and 4 of 7 from the foul line for 57 percent.