Improve to 18-2 overall and 10-0 in conference play
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team continued its run through the North Central Missouri Conference Monday night by beating the Hannibal Pirates 73-40.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 18-2 on the season and 10-0 in the NCMC, can wrap up their fourth straight conference title with a win Thursday night at home against the Marshall Owls.
As for the game Monday night at Hannibal, the Lady Pirates had their hands full early on while leading the home team 24-15 after one and 51-35 at the half. However in the second half, Boonville came out and outscored Hannibal 22-5 to win the game by 33.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said Hannibal came out tonight with the game plan of trying to play as fast as they could and to speed us up.
“They pressed full court along with attacking our defense full throttle hoping to get some easy looks or to get us to commit fouls and send them to the FT line,” Hunziker said. “The pace is what we actually like as long as we take care of the ball and knock down open looks when given the opportunity. Hannibal kept in reach by staying within 16 by scoring 35 at halftime but wore themselves out in the process which only led to five total points the second half.
“We knew once they wore themselves down we could take advantage with our defense and our ability to push the ball in transition. Jamie Lemmons had two great halves by having a double-double already at halftime but ended the night with a career high 29 points along with 16 rebounds. Camryn Monteer and Hannah Fuemmeler provided us some much needed offense from the perimeter while Brynn Edwards used her length to disrupt their offense and got some easy points off steals. Jacey Fenton, Brooke Coleman, and Madison Lenz did a great job getting some valuable minutes tonight which helped secure our 10th NCMC win this season.We would love to see some great fan support as Marshall rolls in to town on Thursday which a victory would secure the Lady Pirates fourth consecutive NCMC Title. We would love to pack the gym that evening.”
Sophomore Jamie Lemmons finished with a career-high for Boonville with 29 points. She also had 16 rebounds for a double-double along with three steals and three assists.
Camryn Monteer chipped in 17 points, four steals and two rebounds while Hannah Fuemmeler added 15 points, five assists, four steals and two rebounds, Brynn Edwards 12 points, four steals, two rebounds and two assists, Jacey Fenton with three rebounds, Brooke Coleman with two rebounds and one steal, Jalyn Schnetzler with one rebound and Madison Lenz with one steal.
The Lady Pirates also shot a whopping 94 percent from the foul line, hitting 16 of 17 shots, while shooting 44 percent from the field for the game.
For Hannibal, Bigsby had 10, Deien eight and Coleman with six.
In the junior varsity game, Hannibal defeated Boonville by a score of 29-24.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 10-6 overall and 9-1 in the NCMC, trailed Hannibal 17-12 at the half before rallying back with a 8-5 advantage in the third to cut the lead to two at 22-20. However, in the fourth, Hannibal outscored Boonville 7-4.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls struggled to score.
“We were getting good looks, but just couldn’t finish,” Wendell said. “The girls played a tough game and didn’t quit when they were behind. We made some careless mistakes in the second quarter, which allowed Hannibal to make a run. We know, as a team that struggles to score, that our defense is what will win us games. We had some lapse in concentration on the defensive end early in the second quarter and just couldn’t make it up.”
Utterback had the high game for Hannibal with eight points.
For Boonville, Lawren Luscombe and Madison Lenz each had eight while Zoe Coffelt chipped in six and Jalyn Schnetzler with two.