Lady Pirates finish at 25-4 overall

The things that have hurt the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team all season showed its ugly face last night in a Class 3 Sectional game against the Palmyra Panthers at Mexico High School.
While struggling with rebounding and turnovers all season, the Lady Pirates couldn’t have picked a worse time to struggle with both in a 49-45 setback.
Although Boonville appeared to be the taller team on paper, Palmyra dominated the boards by a count of 44-24. The Lady Pirates also had one more turnover in the game than Palmyra 17-16.
Add it up and it’s no wonder Palmyra sent Boonville packing for the season at 25-4 overall. The Lady Panthers, meanwhile, will move on to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, where they will face 27-1 Hermann on Saturday at Moberly Area CC starting at 6 p.m.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said his team had too many missed opportunities down the stretch.
“We fought back to within four points but couldn’t get any closer,” Hunziker said. “Some missed free throws and shots hurt us. We could never really get our inside game going. In the first half rebounds killed us. We gave up too many offensive boards and easy baskets throughout, especially right before halftime. I’m very proud of what we accomplished this season. It is the beginning of great things to come.”
Of course shooting 35 percentfrom the field and 53 percent from the foul line on the night didn’t help the Lady Pirates cause, nor did going 2 of 6 from the foul line in the final period.
But even then Boonville had its chances in the game while trailing by just one at 14-13 after first period’s end.  Although rebounding was fairly equal in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates had three times the turnovers with six. And then to top it off, junior Morgan Edwards picked up her second foul of the game at the 3:11 mark.
But even with adversity hitting Boonville early in the game, they still managed to play Palmyra almost even in the second quarter while playing to three ties at 17-17, 19-19 and 23-23.
The biggest nemesis again was rebounding as Palmyra out-boarded Boonville 12-3 in the second quarter. The Lady Pirates also struggled shooting in the second quarter while hitting on only 3 of 10 shots from the field for 30 percent.
However, after playing Palmyra to a 23-23 tie at the 2:23 mark in the half, the Lady Pirates couldn’t seem to buy a basket as Palmyra took the lead for good with a 8-0 run to lead by eight at 31-23.
Boonville still had a chance to go in at the half with some momentum, though. With the ball and approximately 20 seconds left on the clock, the Lady Pirates failed to get a shot off before the buzzer.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Palmyra allowed Boonville to stay in the game due to poor shooting at the foul line.
But even then Palmyra still managed to outscored Boonville 10-9 in the third quarter to extend the lead to nine at 41-32.
The Lady Panthers led by as much as 11 (45-34) early in the fourth quarter. But then from at the 4:50 mark, Boonville found its second wind by reeling off seven straight points to cut the lead to four at 45-41.
Now the bad news. With two different trips to the foul line and a chance to tie the game, Boonville came away 0 for 3 with 2:13 left. The Lady Pirates never got any closer as Palmyra pushed the lead to seven after two free throws by senior Katee Hinkle to make it 49-42. Then, at the buzzer, freshman Paige Renfrow buried a three to cut the lead back to four.
Lexi Losson and Hinkle both wrecked havoc on Boonville while combining for 36 of the team’s 49 points. Losson had 21 and Hinkle 15 for the Lady Panthers.
For Boonville, Renfrow was the only player in double figures with 15 points. She also had three steals, two rebounds and one assist.
Hannah Fuemmeler, another freshman, finished the game with nine points, one rebound and one steal. Morgan Edwards chipped in eight points, 14 rebounds and two assists while Olivia Imhoff added seven points, two rebounds and one steal, Aly Wessing with four points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist, Paige Peterson with two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Millie Moyer with four assists, three rebounds and one steal and Cassidy Renfrow with two steals and one rebound.