The Boonville boys and girls basketball teams had high hopes entering Tuesday night’s game on the road against the Moberly Spartans.
After playing two JV games and two varsity games the night before at home against the Mexico Bulldogs, the Pirates ventured on the road this time for four games to closeout the conference season.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they lost all four as the Moberly girls won both the JV and varsity games by the scores of 45-43 and 70-52, respectively. Meanwhile, in the boy’s contest, Moberly prevailed over Boonville in JV action 49-40 and varsity play by a score of 59-37.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 7-16 overall and 2-10 in the NCMC, actually led Moberly after the first period by a score of 14-13. However it was pretty much all Moberly after that, especially in the middle two periods, as the Lady Spartans held a 20-10 advantage in the second quarter to go up 33-24 at the break. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Moberly outscored Boonville again 25-11 to extend the lead to 23 at 58-35. Needless to say, the Lady Pirates didn’t go down without a fight. In the final period, Boonville rallied back with a 17-12 scoring edge to cut the lead to 18.
Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls came out right away and established their inside game.
“Morgan Edwards scored eight points and Cassidy Renfrow two of our 14 first quarter points to take a 14-13 lead after one quarter,” Hunziker said. Moberly’s guards heated up in the second by knocking down three three-pointers which helped them to extend the lead to nine at half. During the third quarter you could tell we had hit a physical/mental wall from playing an aggressive game the night before against Mexico. We were turning the ball over due to Moberly’s constant full-court pressure and didn’t have the legs to stay in front of them defensively. Before the fourth quarter I challenged the girls to dig deep and win the fourth quarter by playing smarter and harder and they did so by outscoring Moberly 17-12.”
Ronni Graves led four players in double figures for Moberly with 20 points. Reghan Stuart and Brittany Kroner each had 15 while Taylor Fusselman added 11.
For Boonville, Morgan Edwards finished the game with a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds along with two steals and two assists.
Addy Reardon finished the game with 12 points, two rebounds and one steal while Aly Wessing added eight points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal, Olivia Imhoff with six points, four steals, four assists and two rebounds, Cassidy Renfrow with two points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist, Millie Moyer with six assists, three rebounds and two steals and Carley Esser with two rebounds and two steals.
Page 2 of 4 - The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 24 of 59 shots from the field for 41 percent and 4 of 10 from the foul line for 40 percent.
As for the Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team, they played their second straight overtime game in as many days.
Except this time, the Lady Pirates came out on the short end against Moberly by two.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville got off to a slow start while trailing Moberly 17-8 after one and 26-18 at the half. However, in the third quarter, the Lady Pirates cut the lead to one at 32-31 by outscoring Moberly 13-6. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville held a 12-11 advantage to tie the game at 43-all. Unfortunately for Boonville, the Lady Spartans scored the only two points in overtime for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said this was another hard fought game.
“Moberly come out and immediately went on a run against us but the girls didn’t get down, they kept up their intensity and kept fighting back,” Freese said. “We went on a run and came back within one during the second quarter but again Moberly went on another run right before the half. The girls come out after half down by eight and caused some turnovers and got us back in the game. The girls had a good night at the free throw line and knocked down those points to help us out. This was two games in two nights that has gone into overtime after the girls were down. Very proud of how they are fighting to stay in these games and not allowing it to get them down. I am seeing good improvements in this team from the beginning of the season to now.”
McCayla Yates had 12 points and Jaelyn LaRue 11 to lead all scorers for Moberly.
For Boonville, who dropped to 5-11 overall and 3-7 in the NCMC, Sydnee Poindexter had 16 points, six steals, four rebounds and two assists.
Rashelle Bush added 10 points, three rebounds and two steals while Anna Nelson chipped in six points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal, Cali McAreavy five points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, Kelsi Dillender two points, six rebounds, four steals and one assist, Jessica Luscombe two points, three rebounds and one assist and Whitney Bush two points and two rebounds.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 74 percent from the foul line.
As for the Boonville boys varsity basketball team, they also had a rough start against Moberly while trailing 16-10 after one, 28-16 at the half and 47-30 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Spartans outscored Boonville 12-7 to win the game by 22.
Page 3 of 4 - Boonville coach Scott Floyd said his team came out extremely flat in the game.
“As a team we shot only .255 from the field,” Floyd said. “When you shoot that poorly on the road wins are hard to come by. Give credit to Moberly, they had us well scouted. Moberly also shot the ball extremely well, too. They were hitting from both the inside and the perimeter. Defensively, they did not give us many good looks. Despite missing two starters due to injury, Moberly continues to play at a very high level. I also think that we were a little fatigued after playing a very physical game Monday night versus Mexico. We now have a week to get some rest and prepare for our first round district game versus Hallsville.”
Tanner Wetrich led four players in double figures for Moberly with 19 points. J’Von Spiller and Rashaun Smith each had 13 while Justin Connaway chipped in 11.
For Boonville, who dropped to 12-12 overall and 6-6 in the NCMC, Jay Barnhart had 12 points and six rebounds.
Gus Kemp added seven points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal while Tavious Brazil had six points, five rebounds and one assist, Tyler Peterson with five points, five rebounds and one steal, Gauge Sharp with four points and one rebound and Damario Walker with three points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
For the game, the Pirates also hit on 14 of 55 shots from the field for 26 percent and 8 of 10 from the foul line for 80 percent. Moberly, meanwhile, connected on 5 of 9 shots from the line for 56 percent.
In the junior varsity game, Moberly jumped out to a 32-17 halftime lead against Boonville and put it on cruise for the rest of the game to win by nine.
The Pirates, who dropped to 10-7 overall and 5-6 in the NCMC, outscored the Spartans 23-17 in the second half.
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Boonville JV Coach Kent Peterson said its not the way the JV team wanted to finish out the season with back to back losses but Moberly played extremely well especially in the first half when they hit seven three-point shots including 6-6 for Reshawn Oliver.
“We did not guard well in the first half but made a much more committed effort in the second half,” Peterson said. “Bryce played extremely well on both ends of the floor. Overall, I was proud of our kids this year as we finished with a 10-7 record. The future is very bright for this group and will be fun to watch their development over the next two-three years. We ended the year with four players scoring in double figures and the kids played hard every night for me. I had a great time coaching this group and know they will work hard to improve their game for next year.”
Page 4 of 4 - Reshawn Oliver had 20 points and Duante Robinson 10 for Moberly.
For Boonville, Bryce Fuemmeler finished the game with 14 points, one rebound, one steal and one assist.
DeAundre Lewis added nine points, 10 rebounds and one steal while Clayton Lang had eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist, JT Washington with six points, five rebounds and one steal, Dalton Hodge two points, three rebounds and one steal, Alec Viertel one point, two rebounds and one assist and Jady Reese with two rebounds.