For three quarters, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had its way against Mexico while leading by as much as 17 Tuesday night in the conference opener at Mexico.
But then in the final period, Boonville hit a snag offensively while Mexico turned it up a notch  with a 20-12 advantage to cut the lead back to single digits. As turned out, the Lady Pirates wound up holding off Mexico in the final period for a 64-55 victory.
Boonville Lady Pirates coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls played a lot better game than they did last week against California.
“We still have a lot to improve on but for three quarters we had a lot of positive things go our way,” Hunziker said. “One thing we would like to see improve is our defense not allowing so many points. I was pleased to see Mexico only have 35 points after three quarters but to then allow 20 points in the fourth. This will get better as the season goes on as we cut down on mental errors. Mexico has a solid group with All-Stater/UCM signee Adria Costly along with some improved guards and tough posts in Blevins and Shaw. Offensively we had Monteer, Bass and Edwards with double digit points and two more (Schnetzler/Cook) with eight. Overall it was nice leaving Mexico with a conference win and having the team improve in ways we needed to.”
The Lady Pirates, 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, definitely had their way with Mexico for three quarters while leading 20-9 after one, 32-20 at the break and 52-35 after three. But then things became unraveled a little bit in the fourth as Mexico stormed back by actually outscoring Boonville by eight.
As for the scoring in the game, Camryn Monteer and Jodie Bass each had 18 points. Monteer also finished the game with six steals, four rebounds and two assists while Bass added three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Brynn Edwards chipped in 11 points, six assists, five steals and three rebounds while Hana Cook added eight points and seven rebounds  Jalyn Schnetzler also with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Kate Peterson two points, eight rebounds, two steals and two assists and Kennedy Renfrow with one rebound and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 23 of 55 shots from the field for 42 percent and 13 of 18 from the foul line for 72 percent.
For Mexico, Blevins had 19 points and Costley with 14.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Mexico by a score of 37-29.
The Lady Pirates, 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, trailed Mexico 12-10 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 11-4 advantage in the second to go up 21-16. Boonville also outscored Mexico 16-12 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls started the game a little slow, but towards the end of the first quarter they picked it up on defense and closed the point gap going into the second quarter.
“Our defense is what won the game last night,” Wendell said. “The scoring will come, and we got most of it from Sophi, but we got good looks once we slowed down and settled in to our offense. Brooke Eichelberger is going to be big for us. She attacks on offense and can play anywhere on defense.”
Sophi Waibel had the game-high for Boonville with 15 points. Brooke Eichelberger chipped in seven, Taylor Frederick six, Olivia Gholson five and Reese Lavers and Jordan Brackman each with two points.
For Mexico, Oetting had eight, Sims six and Kristofferson five.