Boonville girls now at 22 straight wins in NCMC dating back to 2015-16 season
The Boonville boys and girls basketball teams didn’t go away empty handed Tuesday night on the road against the Fulton Hornets.
While finishing 1-1 on the night, Boonville could have easily been 2-0 if not for a late rally by the Fulton Hornets in the fourth quarter for a 63-56 victory.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team, they won easily against Fulton by a score of 63-28.
That now makes 22 straight conference wins dating back to the 2015-16 season.
With a margin of victory reaching 35, the Lady Pirates also finished the game with four players in double figures.
Junior Jamie Lemmons had the game-high for Boonville with 16 points along with eight rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Camryn Monteer, Brynn Edwards and Jodie Bass each had 10 points. Monteer also finished the game with four steals and three assists while Edwards had three rebounds, one steal and one assist and Bass with two steals. Jalyn Schnetzler tossed in nine points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists while Lawren Luscombe added three points, one rebound and one steal, Sophi Waibel three points and one rebound, Kate Peterson two points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist, Madison Lenz two rebounds and Brooke Eichelberger with one rebound.
Add it up and it’s no wonder the Lady Pirates led Fulton 39-8 at the half and 57-21 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth with a running clock in place, Fulton held a 7-6 scoring edge.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said another great night offensively, especially the first three quarters with four Lady Pirates in double figures along with nine from Schnetzler.
“After a slower start than what we wanted we began to get things going late in the first quarter, followed by a 19-0 second quarter that put the game out of reach by halftime,” Hunziker said. “Our defense did a great job the first half by creating our offense for us. The girls did an outstanding job of getting steals and then looking up to find an open player ahead in transition. All 11 players got many minutes tonight which allowed us to rest some legs to get ready for a tough Moberly team.”
Boonville also finished the game hitting 28 of 56 shots from the field for 50 percent and 3 of 5 from the foul line for 60 percent.
For Fulton, Hemfield had 10 points and Arnold seven.
As for the Boonville boys, they had a little tougher time while trailing Fulton by three at 17-14 after one. However, in the second quarter, the Pirates caught fire by outscoring Fulton 15-8 to lead by four at 29-25. Meanwhile, after both teams put in 14 points in the third quarter, Fulton came back and had its best scoring period of the game by outscoring Boonville 25-13 for the victory.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said he has been telling the kids how much of a dogfight conference games are going to be and this was no different.
“Defense, intensity and heart was there tonight and from start to finish we were in a battle and went toe to toe with one of the top teams in our conference, but we weren’t able to finish with the strong run we needed,” Oswald said. “Credit to them because they hit some shots to put them up late and then they were very patient on offense forcing us to come out and pressure a little bit more, opening up things on the backside of our defense.
“I thought the deciding factor late in the game was free throws and turnovers. We shot 9-17 from the free throw line while they were 13-18. They also forced us into 16 turnovers, 10 in the second half alone which is when they went on their run. They took the lead with just over six minutes to go in the ballgame and never gave it up, but we battled until the end. There were other factors throughout the game where we gave them points on silly mistakes. A couple of times we were late getting back in transition and they scored five quick points in the third quarter, and then we also gave them six points in the first half off of offensive rebounds. We are also doing some positive things on both sides of the ball. We are finding ways to score offensively and making it hard for teams to guard or key in on one person. Defensively we are starting to get locked in and force key turnovers.”
Cameron Vaughn had 22 points and Jameric Pittman 10 for Fulton.
For Boonville, Semaj Clark finished the game with 16 points, one rebound and one assist.
Ryan Beaver added 12 points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist while Josh Chrisman chipped in seven points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, Avery Reardon six points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist, Charlie Bronakowski six points, five rebounds and two steals, Clayton Gochenour six points and three rebounds, Malik Brazil three points and one rebound and Tramell Coleman with two rebounds and one assist.
For the game, the Pirates also made 21 of 50 shots from the field for 42 percent and 9 of 17 from the foul line for 53 percent.