When the season is long over, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team will look to a couple of games knowing they may have let one slip away.
Last night’s game on the road against the Hannibal Pirates was one of those games as Boonville led by as much as eight points in the second half only to come away with a 40-39 loss.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 6-14 overall and 1-8 in the NCMC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said his young team needs to be able to closeout ballgames when they have the opportunities.
“We got up by as many as eight in the second half but could not extend the lead when we needed to,” stated Hunziker said. “A couple of quick threes and a steal for a layup made it a ballgame again. Millie Moyer had one of her best nights offensively by scoring 12 points and knocking down a couple of mid-range shots when we needed them. Morgan and Aly also chipped in 12 and 11 points on the night.”
Although both teams got off to a slow start in the opening period, Hannibal was just a little better offensively while outscoring Boonville 8-7. Meanwhile, in the second quarter, the Lady Pirates rallied back with a 10-7 scoring edge to lead Hannibal at the break 17-15. The third quarter was also close, with both teams putting up 14 points. Now only eight minutes away from snapping a seven-game kid, Boonville again failed to close the door while allowing Hannibal to rally back with a 11-8 advantage in the final period for the victory.
Lauren Holliday had the team-high for Hannibal with nine points while Paige Utterback added eight and Theresa Sheffer with six.
For Boonville, Morgan Edwards and Millie Moyer tied for the team high with 12 points. Edwards also finished the game with five rebounds, four steals and one assist while Moyer had five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Aly Wessing also scored in double digits with 11 points along with five rebounds, four steals and one assist. Cassidy Renfrow chipped in two points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists while Olivia Imhoff added two points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists, Addy Reardon with two assists and one steal and Carley Esser with one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also struggled shooting the ball last night while hitting 15 of 46 shots from the field for 33 percent. However, from the foul line, Boonville sank 9 of 12 shots for 75 percent.
As for the Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team, they picked up a win on the road against the Hannibal Lady Pirates 33-30.
Boonville, improving to 5-8 overall, led Hannibal 10-8 after one, 18-16 at the half and 26-24 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Pirates outscored Hannibal 7-6 to win the game by three.
Page 2 of 2 - Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said this was a good win for the girls. “Last time we played Hannibal they beat us by three points so the girls were ready for this game to try and get a win back,” Freese said. “They did a nice job. They were able to get several steals and turn them into layups or good transition with ball movement and get quick points. We still struggle with our offense but again the girls work hard on defense which is what has kept us in some of these close games. They are playing good and they are all stepping up and contributing when they are in. They have really improved since the first of the season.”
Sydnee Poindexter led the scoring attack in the game for Boonville with 16 points. Poindexter also ripped down five rebounds and four steals while dishing out two assists.
Jessica Luscombe finished the game with six points and eight rebounds while Whitney Bush added three points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, Cali McAreavy with two points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds, Rashelle Bush with two points, three rebounds and two steals, Anna Nelson with two points, seven rebounds and one steal, Courtney Timm with two points and two rebounds and Kelsi Dillender with four rebounds and one steal.
Boonville also finished the game hitting 11 of 26 shots from the field for 42 percent and 11 of 19 from the foul line for 58 percent.
For Hannibal, Olivia Strickland tossed in 14 points while Anna Murphy had six and Lauren Wheelan and Paige Utterback each with two.