Improve to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in league play
Twenty-three and counting.
That’s the number of wins the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team has compiled over a span of three seasons in the North Central Missouri Conference.
While most have been by double digits, the Lady Pirates have also had close several games.
Such was the case Thursday night on the road against previously unbeaten Moberly.
While sweeping the Lady Spartans last year to closeout the conference season at 12-0, Boonville again remained as the only unbeaten team in league play after rallying past their opponent to the north in overtime 58-55.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the NCMC, have now won eight straight games since their season opening loss to the California Pintos back on November 20th.
“We knew going in that Moberly was much improved and would make the night interesting,” said Boonville girls coach Jaryt Hunziker. “We came out two steps slow on both ends-defense was dragging and the offense couldn’t get anything going. Moberly did a great job of taking care of the ball and knocking down shots to take a nine point lead at half. At halftime we talked about how we needed to get the defense playing more aggressive and by doing so our offense would follow and it did. By the end of the third quarter we had established a four point lead. In OT it came down to free throws. Jalyn Schnetzler hit a pair to take a one point lead and Kate knocked down another two to make it a three point lead with around 20 seconds left. We made some adjustments defensively and locked up on their shooters not even allowing their key players a good look. Kate Peterson had a career night with 18 points. Most teams will sag of Kate to help in on Jamie and tonight she made them pay by stepping up and making key shot after key shot. Even though we didn’t play exceptionally well I couldn’t be prouder of the team for going into a great environment against an undefeated opponent and come out with a win.”
Although the Lady Pirates had a huge third quarter against Moberly, they also had 12-9 advantage after the first period. However, in the second quarter, Moberly owned Boonville by outscoring the Lady Pirates 19-7 to go up 28-19.
While looking at a double digit deficit for the first time this season, Boonville responded with a big third quarter by outscoring Moberly 23-10 to lead by four at 42-38. But just like the second quarter, the Lady Pirates couldn’t buy a basket as Moberly sparked a comeback with a 12-8 advantage to tie the game at 50-all.
Meanwhile, in the overtime period, Boonville outscored Moberly 8-5 to remain as the only unbeaten team in league play.
As for the scoring in the game, senior Kate Peterson had a career nigh with 18 points along with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Jamie Lemmons finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists while Jodie Bass added nine points, Brynn Edwards eight points, five rebounds and one assist, Jalyn Schnetzler eight points, four steals and one assist, Camryn Monteer five points, one rebound, one steal and one assist and Hana Cook with one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also hit on 25 of 52 shots from the field for 48 percent and 6 of 7 from the foul line for 86 percent. From the three, Boonville made only 2 of 9 shots for 22 percent.
For Moberly, Flood had 20, Kinder 13 and Vestal with nine.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Moberly 25-13.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the NCMC, led Moberly 10-6 at the half in a low scoring game and then outscored the Spartans 15-7 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said even though they struggled to score, the girls played excellent defense. “We were able to force many turnovers, we rebounded well and played a more controlled game on offense,” Wendell said. “As a whole, last night was the best I have seen this team play.”
Taylor Frederick had the high game for Boonville with seven points. Sophi Waibel and Sarah Miller chipped in six points each while Olivia Gholson added four points and Brooke Eichelberger with two points.
Moberly was led by Ma’Kayla Payne with four points.