You have to give the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team credit for trying last night in the regular season finale against the Jeff City Helias Crusaders.
While playing their third game in four days to closeout the season, the Lady Pirates put up a good fight for about a quarter and a half before succumbing to a fresher and more talented Helias squad in a 62-34 setback.
“We let Helias go on too many scoring runs that put us behind then finally away,” said Boonville girls coach Jaryt Hunziker. “We used our zone tonight a little different-we didn’t trap just contained trying to shorten the game so we could put our selves in position to win by the end. Offensively we tried to spread them out more-allowing more cuts and drives to the basket by making their bigs guard on the perimeter.
“After keeping it close the majority of the first half, we let Helias make a run by getting the ball inside too often. This opened up an 11 point lead at the break. At half we made the adjustment of sagging more with our zone and not getting to spread out especially up top. This seemed to cause some problems for a while. In the fourth we switched to man to apply some pressure but that allowed some easy baskets inside. A couple threes by Helias extended their lead and gave them fourth quarters really hurt us tonight. We got outscored 40-14 during that time. After a very busy week, we just need a little rest to get ourselves healthy and ready for districts on Monday.”
The Lady Pirates, who dropped to 7-17 on the season, gave Helias everything they wanted and more in the first quarter while trailing by just one at 11-10. Boonville out-rebounded Helias 6-1 while hitting on 5 of 8 shots from the field.
Nonetheless, if the Lady Pirates had one drawback last night against Helias it would have to be turnovers. With 12 alone in the first half and 19 for the game, Boonville also gave Helias too many open looks at the basket.
However after cutting the lead to three (23-20) after a basket by sophomore Addy Reardon, the Lady Pirates allowed Helias to closeout the half on a 10-2 run to trail at the break by a score of 33-22.
That stretch in the ballgame along with a 18-2 run by Helias in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. Nonetheless, the Lady Pirates continued to battle in the third quarter and had the lead down to six (36-27) after a three by freshman Millie Moyer and a two from junior Aly Wessing.
Boonville also hit 4 of 8 shots in the third period. But even then the Lady Crusaders outscored Boonville 11-10 to extend the lead to 12 at 44-32.
As for the fourth quarter, Helias opened the period with back-to-back baskets and closed out the final five minutes with 12 straight points to win the game by 28.
Bre Zanders had 15 points and Taylor Hagenhoff 14 for Helias.
For Boonville, Morgan Edwards had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Millie Moyer also finished the game with 11 points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist while Aly Wessing added four points, four rebounds and two assists, Addy Reardon with four points, four assists and one rebound, Cassidy Renfrow with two points and seven rebounds, Olivia Imhoff with two points, two assists, one rebound and one steal and Carley Esser with one assist.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 16 of 42 shots from the field for 38 percent and 1 of 1 from the foul line.
In the junior varsity game, Helias led Boonville from start to finish for a 48-31 victory.
The Lady Pirates, who closed out the season at 5-12 overall, trailed Helias 30-14 at the half and 43-25 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville outscored Helias 6-5.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said the girls left it all out on the floor last night against Helias. “I am very proud of the girls in this game,” Freese said. Helias was a big strong team but the girls didn’t let that get them down.  They fought on defense and offense to keep in the game.  Down the line we just ran out of steam being three games in days days. This was a good last game of the  season because it really showed how the girls had improved from the beginning of the season till the end.  I like what I have seen over this season and with some work this summer looking forward to next year.”
Darcy Baird had the game-high for Helias with 17 points while Molly Sandbothe chipped in eight, Brandi Zanders six and Janie McCurren with five.
For Boonville, Sydnee Poindexter finished the game with seven points along with three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Cali McAreavy added six points, two steals and two steals while Jessica Luscombe had five points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist, Anna Nelson with four points and four rebounds, Whitney Bush with four points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Courtney Timm with three points and two rebounds, Rashelle Bush with two points, two rebounds and one steal and Kelsi Dillender with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Boonville’s JV also finished the game hitting14 of 30 shots from the field for 46 percent and 1 of 2 from the foul line for 50 percent.