The Boonville Splash girls sixth grade basketball team took first place over the weekend in the Bunceton Tournament by beating the St. Joseph Pilot Grove Lady Cougars 28-14.
The Boonville Splash, who finished the season at 13-9 overall with two of those losses coming against seventh grade teams, led St. Joseph Pilot Grove 4-0 after one, 14-4 at the half and 26-7 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, St. Joseph Pilot Grove held a 7-2 advantage.
Boonville coach Brett Cooper said this was a great way to finish the season.
“The girls really came together to finish strong and we got some great play from all of the girls on the team,” Cooper said. “We rebounded really well and were moving the ball on offense in order to find the open shot.”
Cooper added that Boonville applied pressure in the back-court during the first half that kept the Cougars from gaining momentum.
“The Cougars have a good team and they key off of their point-guard Emily Schupp,” Cooper said. “In our last meeting Emily scored 16 points and we were determined to make that more difficult this time. She is certainly a talented player. We were able to rotate three of our quickest players through the game defensively that kept her from penetrating the lane and getting their offense started.”
Josie Robb and Jalyn Schnetzler each had six points in the game for Boonville while Katie Cooper and Sydney Quint chipped in four points each.
For St. Joseph Pilot Grove, who dropped to 14-4 on the season, Emily Schupp had eight points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Grace Goehman added four points and one steal while Natalie Rentel chipped in two points, two rebounds and one steal, Adrianna Day with three rebounds and Cassie Grandestaff with two rebounds and two steals.
St. Joseph Pilot Grove coach Joni Schupp said this was the Lady Cougars final game of the season.
“We only had five players and it wasn’t enough to keep our girls fresh compared to the Splash’s deeper bench,” Schupp said. “Splash definitely had a height advantage over us which made our girls work harder competing for rebounds on both offensive and defensive boards.”