The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team reached new heights during the 2013-14 season by finishing 18 games better than the previous season by finishing 25-4 overall and 11-1 in the NCMC.
Although the Lady Pirates fell to Palmyra 49-45 in a Class 3 sectional game last Wednesday at Mexico High School, they still closed out their season with one of the teams better records since the 2005 season.
Boonville reaped the rewards for a banner season with three players recently selected to the North Central Missouri All-Conference team. Junior Morgan Edwards and freshman Paige Renfrow were selected to the first team for the Lady Pirates while senior Aly Wessing was named to the second team.
Edwards and Renfrow were also selected to the Class 3 District 8 MBCA All-District team while Jaryt Hunziker was the Coach of the Year.
In the final-team standings in the NCMC, the Lady Pirates finished 11-1. Mexico placed second at 9-6, followed by Kirksville and Marshall in a two-way tie for third at 6-6, Moberly and Fulton tied for fifth at 4-8 and Hannibal sixth at 2-10.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said last season the Lady Pirates were 2-10 in the NCMC.
“What a difference a year makes,” Hunziker said. “This season we went from the baseman to the top by going 11-1 and claiming the NCMC title. It started by bringing back most of the girls from the roster, both JV and varsity, last year then adding three freshmen which helped fill some of the voids that were needed. Many teams brought back quality players while we brought back a competitive and improving team.”
Hunziker added that beside the Lady Pirates and Mexico, the rest of the NCMC seemed to split wins amongst them. He said early on it seemed that everyone was beating up on each other by inconsistent play.
“The conference should be very competitive next season with many teams bringing back most of their roster,” Hunziker said. “We will have to continue to work hard at improving to stay on top. I know the girls are up for the challenge.”
Edwards, a three-year starter for the Lady Pirates, closed out the season by leading the team in points at 14.6 ppg, rebounds at 7.0 rpg, blocked shots at 1.9 bspg and field goal shooting at 54 percent. She also averaged 2.3 spg and finished the season shooting 66 percent from the foul line.
Hunziker said Edwards has really done a great job of advancing her game this season by being more physical, playing with more confidence, and being more of a defensive threat.
“She is always the focal point on most teams scouting reports,” Hunziker said. “Morgan scored her 1,000th career point this season and is eyeing the school record next.”
Renfrow also proved to be a viable threat for the Lady Pirates from the outside. While finishing second only to Edwards in scoring at 9.2 ppg, Renfrow also closed out the season averaging 3.6 apg, 2.7 spg and 2.0 rpg while shooting 66 percent from the foul line, 56 percent from the field and 26 percent from the three-point arc.
Hunziker said Renfrow stepped in as a freshman and filled some of the voids they had last season in ballhandling, scoring and added defense. “She has a great work ethic and will put in the time to make herself even better for next season,” Hunziker said.
Unfortunately for Wessing, there will no next time while closing out her career last week in the sectional game against Palmyra.
However for the season, Wessing improved twofold while averaging 7.6 ppg along with 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.3 spg. She also finished the season shooting 63 percent from the foul line, 46 percent from the field and 24 percent from the three-point arc.
Hunziker said Wessing will be certainly missed next season. “From being a great leader on and off the court to being able to score inside and out for us,” Hunziker said. “She does a lot of things that are important to the team but you don’t see it in the boxscores. She has had a great career as a Lady Pirate.”