Improve to 16-2 overall and 9-0 in conference play
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team have lived and died by great starts this season.
So after taking a 24-2 lead after one Tuesday night in NCMC action against the Kirksville Lady Tigers, Boonville all but packed it in while cruising to a 70-31 victory.
HUNZIKER SAID GAME WAS DEJA VU FROM THE FIRST MEETING
"We had another great start by Monteer, Fuemmeler and Lemmons to get the offense going strong at the beginning. Monteer and Fuemmeler connected on four three-point field goals in the first quarter with Monteer hitting three of them. We were disappointed with how we played in the second and third quarters, especially on the defensive end. After holding Kirksville to two points in the first quarter we allowed them to score 13 and 12 during the second and third. We gave up too many easy looks around the basket which gave them some confidence to chip away at our lead. Kirksville was doing a great job of defending Jamie with extra defenders to take away easy looks for her down low. We responded down the stretch by getting some easy baskets off our defensive pressure which increased the lead to 35-plus," Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker.
LADY PIRATES REMAIN UNBEATEN IN NCMC PLAY
With just three conference games to play, the Lady Pirates moved one step closer to their fourth straight title at 9-0. However big games still loom against Marshall, Moberly and Hannibal.
As for the season, Boonville improved to 16-2 overall.
FOUR PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
The Boonville Lady Pirates had plenty of balance up and down the lineup against Kirksville with four players in double figures and seven different players scoring.
Jamie Lemmons, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder at 16.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg, had 20 points, four rebounds and two steals against Kirksville.
Hannah Fuemmeler finished the game with 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two assists while Brynn Edwards added 12 points, four steals, one rebound and one assist, Camryn Monteer with 11 points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists, Kate Peterson with eight points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals, Brooke Coleman three points, three steals and two assists and Jacey Fenton with two points, two rebounds and two steals.
Kirksville was led by Kate Wollmering with 12 and Hannah Meyer with eight.
LADY PIRATES OUTSCORE KIRKSVILLE IN FIRST, THIRD AND FOURTH
Even without the second quarter in which Kirksville outscored Boonville 13-12, the Lady Pirates still hold a 58-18 advantage for the rest of the game.
But you can’t overlook the first quarter as the Lady Pirates came out and reeled off 15 straight points or that Kirksville was held scoreless from the field.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville hit on seven of its first eight shots to start the game or that they were 8 of 12 from the field after eight minutes.
Lemmons also scored eight of her game-high 20 points in the first.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND?
A lot of things. But mostly the Lady Pirates probably took their foot off the pedal a little too quickly as Kirksville rallied back to cut the lead to 15 at one point at 28-13 with 3:20 left.
Was there a cause for concern? Not really. Despite hitting only 4 of 11 shots in the period, Boonville still managed to closeout the quarter on a 8-2 run to extend the lead to 21 at 36-15.
Boonville also finished the half hitting 12 of 23 shots from the field for 52 percent.
LADY PIRATES COME OUT SLOW AGAIN IN THE THIRD...BUT OUTSCORE KIRKSVILLE 19-12
Coach Hunziker couldn’t have been happy with the start in the third quarter as Kirksville came out and outscored Boonville 6-2.
But after allowing the Lady Tigers to cut the lead to 19, Boonville held Kirksville to just one field goal and four free throws after that for six points.
Fuemmeler also scored nine of her 14 points in the third as Boonville upped its lead to 28 at 55-27.
BOONVILLE PUTS IT ON CRUISE IN THE FOURTH
Not much to say about the fourth. Boonville outscored Kirksville 15-4 and hit the 30-point mark, which meant running clock, to lead the Lady Tigers 57-27.
The Lady Pirates also closed the right way by going on runs of seven straight and six in a row in the final period.
LADY PIRATES SHOOT LIGHTS OUT
It’s hard to imagine shooting any better against Kirksville. Although the Lady Pirates struggled from the three-point arc, hitting only 5 of 13 shots for 38 percent, they were downright unstoppable from the field while shooting 51 percent and foul line at 93 percent.
COFFELT LEADS JV TEAM PAST KIRKSVILLE, 34-21
The Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team improved to 10-4 overall and 9-0 in the NCMC by beating Kirksville Tuesday night at the Windsor gymnasium 34-21.
The Lady Pirates never trailed in the game against Kirksville and led 8-4 after one, 18-7 at the break and 30-9 after three.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said she thought the girls played extremely well.
“Holding them to just seven points in the first half is something we were definitely trying to achieve this game,” Wendell said. “We knew that we could hold them to a low-scoring game with our defense. As this season has gone on, we have realized that defense is what is going to win us some games.”
Zoe Coffelt had the team high for Boonville with nine points. Lawren Luscombe and Jalyn Schnetzler chipped in six while Madison Lenz added five, Hailey Polk four and Grace Bronakowski, Reese Lavers and Sarah Miller with two points each.
Kirksville was led by Megan Waddle with 12 points.