The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team took head coach Jaryt Hunziker’s word to heart last night in the second half against the Marshall Lady Owls at Fred Biesemeyer Court.
After a lackluster performance in the first quarter in which the Lady Pirates hit only 4 of 13 shots and committed four turnovers, or even the first half for that matter, Hunziker said he had a long talk with the players at the break about being more disciplined and not getting in a hurry on shot selections and looking to establish more of an inside game.
Mission accomplished. Not only did the Lady Pirates take heed to Hunziker’s words, they thrived on it by holding Marshall to just two field goals in the third quarter en route to a 61-47 victory.
“I thought we came out the second half and played better under control,” Hunziker said. “The defense stepped it up tonight especially early on in the second half and let us take a double digit lead. It was great watching the girls share the ball and how everyone contributed. We did a great job of knocking down free throws when needed especially to help extend the lead. As a group we need to think more on defense and be in position so we don’t foul and put them in the bonus early.
“It was a much needed win especially going into next week’s schedule of three games in four nights. Hopefully the momentum of this win will carry over into next week. Aly had a great game with 19 points and a half dozen assists and steals and I felt that Millie’s three at the end of the first half was the turning point in the game, it really got us going for the second half.”
Anything would have helped the first half. Although the Lady Pirates got off to a good start by scoring the game’s first-six points, Marshall pretty much dominated the period after that by outscoring Boonville 9-4. But even then after giving up nine points during two stretches, the Lady Pirates still led by one at 10-9.
That is until the second quarter as Marshall came out and reeled off eight straight points to push the lead to seven at 17-10 with 4:41 left in the half. Of course it didn’t help that Boonville started the second quarter 0 for 5 from the field. However, after scoring their first points of the period at the 4:23 mark on a basket by Morgan Edwards, the Lady Pirates came back and reeled off another seven in a row during a two-minute stretch to tie the game at 20-all with 17 seconds remaining.
Then, over the final 12 seconds of the half, Marshall went up briefly after senior Jashawna Terry hit 2 of 2 foul shots to make it 22-20 only to have Boonville rally back with a three from freshman Millie Moyer with 2 seconds left to give the Lady Pirates the lead at 23-22.
Page 2 of 3 - While matching Marshall with 13 points in the second quarter, Boonville came out and made a statement to start the third period by reeling off eight unanswered points to up the lead to nine at 31-22 with 5:55 left. Moyer and sophomore Olivia Imhoff also got hot during that stretch while combining for all eight points for the Lady Pirates.
The defense took over from that point on while forcing Marshall into 11 turnovers in the period. Meanwhile, after going on a 9-2 run over a three and a half minute stretch to extend the lead to 14 at 40-26, the Lady Pirates also closed out the period by matching Marshall point for point with four to make it 44-30.
While hitting 8 of 12 shots from the field in the third quarter, Boonville also had six different players in the scoring column, which was capped off with a basket by junior Carley Esser with 1 second left.
The fourth quarter was back and forth, with Boonville matching Marshall with 17 points to garner the 14-point victory. The Lady Pirates also continued their torrid shooting streak in the fourth period by hitting 5 of 9 shots from the field while leading by as much as 18 at 50-32 with 6:16 left.
As for the scoring in the game, junior Aly Wessing had 19 points along with five steals, five assists and three rebounds.
Millie Moyer finished the game with 11 points, four steals and three rebounds while Cassidy Renfrow added eight points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist, Morgan Edwards with seven points, five rebounds and four steals, Olivia Imhoff with six points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists, Addy Reardon with five points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist and Carley Esser with five points, three rebounds and two assists.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 19 of 50 shots from the field for 38 percent and 22 of 28 from the foul line for 79 percent.
Karson Heying was the only player in double figures for Marshall 18 points.
As for the JV game, Marshall defeated Boonville by a score of 36-31.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 5-9 overall and 4-6 in the NCMC, trailed Marshall by only one (15-14) at the break but was outscored 21-17 in the second half to suffer the loss.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said this game was an improvement from when they played Marshall the first time.
“We lost to Marshall the last time by around 30 and this time by five so I see good improvements,” Freese said. “I still feel this was a team we should have beat. Cali McAreavy had a good defensive night. She really hustled hard and had 10 steals that helped keep our defensive intensity up and allowed us to score on transition. I really liked the way the guards are staying aggressive and causing trouble for other teams and our post players have stepped it up on crashing the boards. I have seen good improvements from the girls since beginning of the season.
Page 3 of 3 - Emily Tobin had the game-high for Marshall with nine points.
For Boonville, Sydnee Poindexter had eight points, four steals and three rebounds while Whitney Bush added eight points, three steals and two rebounds.
Jessica Luscombe chipped in two steals while Anna Nelson added four points and seven rebounds, Cali Jo McAreavy with two points, 10 steals, three rebounds and three assists, Courtney Timm with two points, four rebounds and one assist and Kelsi Dillender with two points and one steal.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 36 percent from the field and 42 percent from the foul line.