There was no drama this time for the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team.
After holding off Mexico earlier in the week for their first conference win of the season, the Lady Pirates left little doubt Thursday night on the road against the Helias Crusaders while jumping out to a 32-17 halftime lead for a 50-31 victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 2-1 on the season, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he was very impressed with the defense.
“We talked on Wednesday about taking more pride in our defense and challenged the team to keep opponents scoring to single digit points every quarter,” Hunziker said. “Tonight we only gave up double digit scoring in the first quarter. Camryn Monteer (10 pts) and Brynn Edwards (6 pts) came out knocking down shots in the first quarter, which allowed us to get a nine point lead going into the second quarter. The team kept feeding the hot hand in Camryn during the second quarter where she continued from behind the arc with two more three-point field goals (5 on the night).
“The second half was all about the girls working hard on the defensive end. We only gave up 14 points the last 16 minutes. We came out of halftime and jumped on them early with Brynn connecting on two threes and Cam with one herself. The fourth quarter was all about taking care of the ball and looking for high percentage shots. Even though we didn’t have a field goal the last quarter we did knock down six free throws to help seal the deal with Kate Peterson going 4-4. Helias is always tough to beat on their home court so for us to go there and hold them to just 31 points I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”
With seven different players scoring in the game, the Lady Pirates also seized control from the opening tip while putting up 32 points in the first half while holding Helias to just 17. The second half was a carbon copy of the first as Boonville outscored the Lady Crusaders 18-14 for the 19 point victory.
As for the scoring in the game, Camryn Monteer finished the game with 20 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Brynn Edwards tossed in 17 points, eight steals, five assists and three rebounds while Kate Peterson added six points, nine rebounds, four steals and one assist, Jalyn Schnetzler two points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Jodie Bass two points, three assists and two steals, Lawren Luscombe also with two points and Hana Cook with one point and two rebounds.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 17 of 47 shots from the field and 9 of 15 from the foul line.
For Helias, Wyrick had eight.
In the JV game, Helias defeated Boonville 44-25.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 1-2 on the season, trailed Helias 19-11 at the half and 33-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Helias outscored Boonville 11-8.
Boonville JV Alex Wendell said  the girls started off pretty strong, especially on the defensive end.
“Helias put more pressure on us than we’ve seen so far this year, which we didn’t handle well,” Wendell said. “We made many mental mistakes and didn’t anticipate the defense well on offense. Definitely saw some good things, which we can build on this season.”
Berhorst had 17 points and Lamb 10 for Helias.
For Boonville, Taylor Frederick  tallied 12, Sophi Waibel five and Jordan Brackman and Brooke Eichelberger each with four.