Boonville's JV wins over California, 43-40

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team may have let one slip away Tuesday night on the road against the California Pintos.
Although the Lady Pintos entered the game with a better overall record, it was Boonville on top after the first-two periods by a score of 27-24. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they had one bad quarter that proved to be the difference in the game in a 54-40  loss.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said before the game the girls discussed three things they needed to do to have success.
“The No. 1 thing was defensive transition,” Hunziker said. “We needed to take away their transition points by getting back. No. 2, we needed to attack them on offense. And No.  3 we needed to limit Deekens opportunities. We did a great job of the first two but Deeken was a load tonight. The girls did not back down and attacked them all night and that resulted in a three-point lead at half. We did not do a good job matching that intensity during the third quarter and got outscored 14-3. Even though we have lost the last two games to state-ranked teams I am very pleased with how the girls are playing.”
Fresh off a first-place finish in their own tournament, the California Lady Pintos looked to be well on their way to a victory while leading Boonville 14-8 after first period’s end. However, in the second quarter, the Lady Pirates caught fire offensively by outscoring California 19-10 to lead by three (27-24) at the break.
With only 16 minutes of basketball left to play and leading California by three, the Lady Pirates picked the wrong time to go in a slump offensively with just three points in the third period. Now instead of leading the Lady Pintos, Boonville trailed by eight (38-30) after being outscored 14-3. From that point on the Lady Pirates played from behind as California came out and outscored Boonville 16-10 in the final period for the victory.
Sydney Deeken led the Lady Pintos with 24 points while Kelsey Roush chipped in 13.
For Boonville, who dropped to 6-10 on the season, Morgan Edwards had 14 points. Addy Reardon finished the game with eight points, two steals and one assist while Millie Moyer added seven points, four steals and one assist, Cassidy Renfrow with five points and one assist, Aly Wessing with four points and four assists and Olivia Imhoff with two points, three steals and one assist.
As for the shooting in the game, the Lady Pirates made 16 of 48 shots from the field for 33 percent and 7 of 9 from the foul line for 78 percent.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated California by a score of 43-40.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 2-8 on the season, trailed California 15-10 after one, 31-17 at the half and 37-25 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 18-3 advantage in the final period for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said she was really impressed how the team handled this game.
“They went in and were aggressive from the beginning on defense and we just weren’t able to cover all their shooters,” Freese said. “At halftime we made some changes to our defense and the girls came out and they fought back from being down by 15 at one time. California got into foul trouble and put us on the line and we knocked down some really important free throws. That last quarter the girls took their time, ran their offense, and got really good looks and stayed aggressive and got a really hard fought win.”
Sydnee Poindexter had the game-high for Boonville with 15 points along with eight steals, five rebounds and two assists.
Rashelle Bush, meanwhile, finished the game with eight points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist. Whitney Bush chipped in seven points, three rebounds and one steal while Jessica Luscombe added six points, five rebounds and two steals, Anna Nelson with three points, five rebounds and one steal, Cali McAreavy with two points, five steals and two rebounds and Kelsi Dillender with two points, two rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 38 percent from the field and 52 percent from the foul line.
For California, Candel had eight, Lehman seven and Martensen and Roberts each with five.