The Boonville boys and girls basketball team couldn't have scripted Saturday's doubleheader tilt against the Fulton Hornets.
After two unsuccessful stints to play the Hornets, the Boonville boys and girls finally hit the court for the first time for the 2014 season and passed with flying colors while derailing Fulton by the scores of 78-69 and 71-41, respectively.
The Lady Pirates, 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the NCMC, came out and dominated Fulton from the start while scoring the games first seven points to lead after one by a score of 18-6.
While forcing 26 turnovers in the game, the Lady Pirates also had one of their better shooting performances while hitting of 29 of 56 shots from the field for 52 percent and 7 of 8 from the foul line for 88 percent.
Eight different players also figured into the scoring for Boonville, with freshman Paige Renfrow leading the way with 16 points along with two steals and one assist.
Morgan Edwards finished the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists while Olivia Imhoff added 10 points, six steals and four assists, Millie Moyer with eight points, five steals, four assists and two rebounds, Aly Wessing also with eight points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, Cassidy Renfrow with eight points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist, Paige Peterson with six points, six assists, four rebounds and one steal and Hannah Fuemmeler with two points and two assists.
Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker said he was hoping the girls weren't going to come out rusty after not having a game in two weeks.
"I wasn't expecting to be up almost 30 points at halftime," Hunziker said. "We did a great job of moving and sharing the ball. Our defense also created some turnovers which allowed us some easy baskets in transition. The third quarter we came out flat and played sloppy turning over the ball and letting Fulton get inside our zone for some high percentage shots. Everyone contributed on both ends of the floor and I was excited to see that we had 20 plus assists on the night."
Boonville also lit it up in the second quarter while opening the period with 11 straight points and closing out the quarter with eight unanswered points to lead at the break 43-14.
The highlight of the half, however, may have very well came at the end of the half as Renfrow hit a shot at the buzzer to cap off a 25-8 run.
What happened in the third quarter is anybodys guess as the Lady Pirates came out and let Fulton dictate the tempo of the game while the same time outscoring Boonville 15-10 to cut the lead to 22 at 53-31.
The Lady Hornets never got any closer than 21 for the game as Boonville re-established its dominance on the floor by reeling off six and seven straight points in the fourth quarter to extend the lead back up to 31 at 66-35 with 4:13 left.
The Lady Pirates also outscored Fulton 18-12 in the final period to win by 30.
As for the Boonville boys, they also had one bad quarter against the Hornets as Fulton went from a 23-17 deficit after one to lead the Pirates by two (41-39) at the break.
While freshman Riley Lang couldn't seem to miss in the first half, the Pirates came out and dictated the tempo by scoring the games first-five points. Boonville also finished the final minute on a 6-2 run after a three by Riley Lang and a three-point play by junior Clayton Lang.
However the second quarter was a different story as Fulton came to life by hitting on five three-pointers. The Hornets also outscored Boonville 24-16 in the second to lead by two at the half.
Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said Fulton would push the lead to eight early in the period only to have the Pirates rally back late to go up by three at 56-53.
Boonville also held a 17-12 scoring edge in the third.
As for the fourth quarter, the Pirates caught fire again by capitalizing off Fulton's press and as a result hit several easy baskets to increase the lead by as many as 11 points.
Floyd said the Pirates also went 5 for 5 from the free-throw line in the final period to help secure the victory.
"Hitting baskets will cure a lot of ills," Floyd said, "and we did that tonight. It also helped that we were 18-­19 from the line in the game. Despite the eight-point deficit early in the third quarter, we never really trailed in the game. And that is important as we did not have to play from behind like we have in the previous games. Offensively we are getting so much better. We only had 11 turnovers as a team and that is a big improvement over the previous two games.
"Another words, when you limit turnovers and hit free throws it makes it a lot easier to win. I feel like we have improved over the last 3 weeks. We were close in games against Moberly and North Tech, plus I think we took advantage of the holiday practices and improved our overall game. We had a chance in practice to strengthen our defense and to improve our offensive efficiency. Hopefully the win this afternoon will give our guys some much needed confidence heading into the rest of the schedule."
Tyler Peterson led four players in double figures for Boonville with 26 points. He also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double and dished out seven assists.
Riley Lang finished the game with 18 points and one assist while Clayton Lang added 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, Bryce Fuemmeler with 11 points, three assists and one steal, Tavious Brazil with eight points and eight rebounds, Alec Viertel with two points, two rebounds and one steal, Alec Adair with two rebounds and one assist, Josh Judd with one assist and Nick Zeitlow with one rebound.
The Pirates also hit 51 percent of their shots from the field and 95 percent from the foul line.
For Fulton, Chris Tilson had 20, Ricky Dawson 14, Austin Wilson 12 and Sam Christenson 10.