Lady Pirates drop seventh straight with 49-36 loss against Fulton

The Boonville boys and girls basketball teams had mixed results Friday night in a varsity doubleheader on the road against the Fulton Hornets.
After sweeping the Hornets back on December 18th at the Fred Biesemeyer Court, the Boonville boys and girls looked to do the same again on Friday. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they had that one bad quarter again while scoring only four points in the third period in a 49-36 loss against Fulton. As for the Boonville boys, they also had a slow start but gained momentum from the second quarter on for a 62-50 victory.
The Pirates, improving to 11-9 overall and 5-3 in the NCMC, trailed Fulton 10-2 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 21-14 advantage in the second quarter to cut the lead to one at 24-23. Boonville coach Scott Floyd said the Pirates’ press continued to baffle the Hornets in the third quarter, as they held a 14-9 scoring edge to go up by four at 37-33. Meanwhile, in the final period, Floyd said timely free throw shooting by senior Jay Barnhart allowed the Pirates to distance themselves from the Hornets while at the same time outscoring Fulton 25-17 for the 12-point victory.
Floyd said Barnhart played an outstanding game.  
“He went 7-8 from the charity stripe in the fourth to secure the victory in what was a tight game,” Floyd said.  “Though we struggled with shooting in the first-10 minutes of the game, our defense, in particular the press, was outstanding.  Defense won the game for us tonight.  Once we took the lead, we were able to settle down offensively and attack the basket, which we did not do in the first half.  We struggled with rebounding the ball in the first half and allowed Fulton a lot of second chance points.  But give credit to our kids, they started rebounding better in the second half and as a result stymied the Hornets on the offensive end.
“Ta’Vious Brazil and JT Washington, both freshman, gave us really good minutes again tonight.  This game should serve as a spring-board for their confidence.  Gus Kemp played well defensively as he came up with three big steals in the final quarter to secure the win.  Damario Walker, Gauge Sharp and Tyler Peterson were all able to contribute by successfully handling the full-court pressure of the Hornets.  Once we settled down offensively and limited our turnovers, Damario, Gauge and Tyler were able to slice through Fulton’s zone to get some much needed easy buckets.  Overall this was a great win.  Winning a conference game in front of a crowded gym was big for these guys.  I couldn’t be prouder.”
The win was also Boonville’s fourth in five games.
As for Barnhart, the senior standout netted 23 points along with six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Damario Walker finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal while Tavious Brazil added 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals, Gus Kemp with six points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal, Gauge Sharp with five points, one rebound, one assist and one steal, Tyler Peterson with four points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist and JT Washington with three rebounds.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 21 of 56 shots from the field for 38 percent and 18 of 27 from the foul line for 67 percent.
For Fulton, Ricky Dawson had 14 and Dalton Horstmeier 13.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team, they ran into foul trouble early on with sophomore Morgan Edwards, the team’s leading scorer, playing approximately 12 minutes total against Fulton.
Although the Lady Pirates trailed by just two (16-11) after first period’s end, Edwards was one of the reasons why Boonville was able to keep it so close while scoring the team’s first-eight points.
Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker  said having your leading scorer on the bench most of the game and not being able to put points on the board usually doesn’t lead to a positive outcome. “Aly Wessing stepped it up the second half with eight points but as a team we just couldn’t seem to get shots to fall,” Hunziker said.
The Lady Pirates also kept the game close in the second quarter while trailing Fulton by just six (27-21) at the break. But after playing most of the first half with Edwards on the bench, Boonville couldn’t seem to buy a basket in the third quarter while putting up only four points to trail Fulton 37-25. Meanwhile, in the final period, Fulton all but sealed the victory by outscoring Boonville 12-11 to win by 13.
NaShayla Brandt had 14 points and Bailey Mitchell 10 for Fulton. Stephanie Hughes chipped in nine points.
For Boonville, who dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-7 in the NCMC, Aly Wessing finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and one assist.
Morgan Edwards had eight points, four rebounds and three steals while Olivia Imhoff added five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists, Millie Moyer with four points, five rebounds and five steals, Cassidy Renfrow with three points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal, Addy Reardon with two points, three rebounds and one assist, Carley Esser with one rebound, one steal and one assist and Cali Jo McAreavy with one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also struggled from both the field and free-throw line in the game while hitting only 15 of 50 shots for 30 percent and 6 of 14 from the line for 43 percent.