Improve to 19-2 overall and 11-0 in NCMC

For the fourth straight season, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team reigned as the No. 1 team in the North Central Missouri Conference after beating the much improved Marshall Owls Thursday night at the Windsor gymnasium 38-34.
In a defensive battle between the top two teams in the conference, the Lady Pirates had just enough left in their tank at the end of the game to claim their 22nd conference win the last two years in 23 games.
Marshall, who entered the game having won 12 in a row, fell to 17-4 overall and 7-2 in the NCMC.
Of course this was a different game the last time the two teams met, with Boonville winning 52-41 back on December 12th in Marshall.
The Lady Pirates still have one conference game left to go, as they travel to Moberly on Tuesday, Feb. 14th for a varsity doubleheader. As for Marshall, they still have conference games remaining Hannibal, Kirksville and Moberly.
SENIORS GO OUT IN STYLE
This senior class of Paige Renfrow and Hannah Renfrow have a combined record of 93-16 overall and 44-3 in the NCMC in four years.
HUNZIKER SAID WIN WAS UGLY BUT THEY’LL TAKE IT
“First of all, I want to thank the community and our students for coming out and supporting both Lady Pirate teams tonight. I also want to congratulate our Lady Pirates family on winning its fourth consecutive NCMC title. It was sure an ugly win but we will take it. Marshall did a great job of slowing us down and using their 2-3 zone to make us work for good shots; their length really gave us fits at times. During the second half I felt that once we got a lead the team seemed to be playing not to lose instead of playing to win. We got very passive with the ball and passed up on opportunities. Turnovers, not finishing plays and not hitting our free throws were a huge problem that could have easily given away the game tonight.”
BOTH TEAMS PLAGUED WITH TURNOVERS EARLY ON
The good news for the Lady Pirates is that they led Marshall 21-15 after the first-two periods. The bad news is that both teams combined for 24 turnovers in the first half, with Marshall finishing with 13 and Boonville 11.
Of course the game wasn’t always ugly. The Lady Pirates led right out of the gate 6-0 on baskets by Jamie Lemmons and two free throws by Brynn Edwards. Then, after Marshall cut the lead to two at 6-4 with 1:35 left, senior Hannah Fuemmeler drained a three to push the lead to 9-4 after one.
The Lady Owls also struggled with Boonville’s pressure early on while turning it over eight times alone in the opening period. The only problem is that Boonville couldn’t take advantage of the turnovers while hitting only 3 of 11 shots from the field.
LADY PIRATES TURN IT UP A LITTLE BIT IN THE SECOND QUARTER
Actually both teams turned it up a little bit offensively in the second quarter. While combining for 23 points, Boonville once again outscored Marshall 12-11 to lead by a score of 21-15 at the break.
The Lady Pirates never trailed in the first half and led by as much as nine (21-12) after a basket by Fuemmeler at the 2:20 mark.  Marshall also cut the lead to three on two different occasions at 12-9 and 15-12.
Fuemmeler finished the first half with eight of her game-high 13 points while Lemmons picked up her second foul at the 5:46 mark in the second.
THIRD QUARTER
IDENTICAL TO THE
SECOND
The third quarter was a mirror image of the second quarter, with Boonville holding a 12-11 advantage. But while leading by seven (33-26) at the end of the period, the Lady Pirates were actually up 11 at 28-17 with 6:09 left after reeling off seven straight.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they were unable to sustain the lead as Marshall rallied back with five straight to cut it back to six at 28-22 with 2:21 left. From there, the Lady Owls outscored Boonville 5-4.
MARSHALL OUTSCORES BOONVILLE 8-5 IN FOURTH
The Marshall Lady Owls made a game of it in the fourth and actually had the lead down to three at 37-34 with the ball with 42 seconds left.
But with 25 seconds remaining and needing one free throw to make it a two possession game, junior Camryn Monteer hit 1 of 2 shots to extend the lead to four at 38-34.
Now early on in the quarter the Lady Pirates led 35-28 on a basket by Lemmons and 37-29 after Fuemmeler drove the lane for two with 2:23 left. However that would be cut down to three late in the ballgame after a three by junior Taylor Crawford.
FUEMMELER CAPS OFF SENIOR NIGHT TO LEAD LADY PIRATES IN SCORING
Boonville senior Hannah Fuemmeler couldn’t have finished her final home game any better against Marshall while leading the team in both scoring and steals with 13 and five, respectively. She also had four rebounds and one assist.
Jamie Lemmons had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Brynn Edwards added nine points, three assists, two steals and one rebound, Camryn Monteer four points, six steals, three rebounds and one assist, Jacey Fenton two points and Kate Peterson with three rebounds and two assists.
For Marshall, Morgan McGowan had 12 points and Taylor Crawford 11.
LADY PIRATES STRUGGLE FROM FIELD, FOUL LINE
The Boonville Lady Pirates have shot better this season while hitting just 15 of 43 shots from the field for 35 percent and 3 of 10 from the foul line for 30 percent.
JV MAKES IT LOOK EASY
The Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team outscores Marshall in all four quarters for a 36-20 victory Thursday night in NCMC action.
The Lady Pirates, 11-6 overall and 10-1 in the conference, opened the first half with a 18-9 lead against Marshall and then outscored the Owls 18-10 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said she could not be more proud of the defensive effort last night.
“Knowing we struggled with foul trouble and scoring last time we played them, we knew we were going to have to come out and play hard for the entire 28 minutes,” Wendell said. “While we struggled at times to score in the half court, our defense led to many transition points that kept us ahead the entire game. I am very proud of our effort last night in our last home game of the season. The girls have made so much improvement over the course of this season, which makes me really excited to see what their future in the program will bring.”
Zoe Coffelt had 15 points to lead all scorers for Boonville. Lawren Luscombe chipped in seven, Jalyn Schnetzler six, Hailey Polk four and Madison Lenz and Grace Bronakowski each with two.
For Marshall, Hannah Hartwig had eight while Jaidyn Townsend added seven.