Loss drops Lady Pirates to 14-2 overall

The Chillicothe Lady Hornets basketball team was due at some point to beat the Boonville Lady Pirates.
After two unsuccessful stints, one which cost them a trip to the Final Four, the Lady Hornets finally got a little payback Thursday night by beating Boonville on its home floor 53-46.
While the loss dropped the Lady Pirates to 14-2 on the season, it also snapped a 14 game winning streak.
Needless, the Lady Pirates looked out of sorts from the get go while turning the ball over, missing point blank shots and clanking shots off the rim at the foul line while hitting only 9 of 19 shots for 47 percent.
HUNZIKER SAID THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS
Tonight was one of those nights where we just didn’t play well altogether. We struggled defensively, offensively, securing rebounds, making free throws, etc. We had opportunities early on in the first half that I felt would have pushed our lead to double digits but we just didn’t capitalize on those. Chillicothe did a great job tonight making us play at their pace. There are a lot of things we can take from tonight’s loss and learn from to make us better down the road.”
SO WHAT WAS THE
DIFFERENCE FOR THE FIRST 10 MINUTES AND THE REST OF THE GAME?
For 10 minutes, the Boonville Lady Pirates looked like a team that was 14-2 and winners of 14 straight. You could even argue that Boonville looked like the No. 10 team in the state in Class 3 while leading Chillicothe 18-9 with 5:53 left in the half.
However a 8-0 run by the Lady Hornets, which included two threes, was the real back breaker as Chillicothe went from possibly being blownout to cut the lead to one at 18-17.
Of course the Lady Pirates also played well at times while doing what they do best by forcing nine turnovers alone in the first quarter and hitting 5 of 11 shots from the field. Boonville even led 11-3 at the 2:09 mark in the first after putting together a 5-0 run on back to back baskets by Kate Peterson and Camryn Monteer and one free throw by Jamie Lemmons.
The Lady Pirates even led 14-9 after first period’s end by simply applying pressure and pushing the ball up and down the floor.
But then it stopped for some reason. After Chillicothe tied the game at 20-all with 3:00 left in the first and then took the lead at 22-20 with 2:42 remaining, Boonville quit being Boonville.
The Lady Hornets held a 18-14 advantage in the second but even that wasn’t enough as Boonville led 28-27.
However the six threes by Chillicothe proved that either the Lady Hornets were going to live and die from the outside or that Boonville would need to adjust at the break.
BOONVILLE AND
CHILLICOTHE PLAY TO
14-14 TIE I THIRD
All you had to do was flip a coin in the third quarter with both teams tossing in 14 points.
The Lady Pirates didn’t play badly in the third quarter with only two turnovers. Boonville also out-rebounded Chillicothe 6-5 unofficially. However the shots again just weren’t falling as Boonville hit on 6 of 15 attempts.
With four lead changes and two ties in the period, Boonville again led by as much as four at 33-29 after a three by Monteer. Chillicothe held its biggest lead in the period at 35-33 after a three by Hunter Keithly with 3:49 left.
Freshman Jodie Bass  also came up big in the final minute and nine seconds with four straight points to give Boonville the lead after three at 42-41.
Keithley had nine of the team’s 14 points in the third for Chillicothe.
LADY HORNETS PULL AWAY IN FOURTH
The Chillicothe Hornets may have put the nail in the coffin after reeling off eight straight points to start the final period. Although it didn’t help that Boonville picked up a technical at the 6:45 mark, which led to a 6-0 run and the lead at 49-42, the Lady Pirates still managed to cut the lead to three at 49-46 with 2:02 left.
But after missing two big free throws, Boonville simply had nothing left in the tank as Chillicothe came back and scored the final four points for the victory.
THIS GAME HURTS FOR SEVERAL REASONS
This one stings simply because you like to secure your homecourt and Boonville didn’t do that on many fronts against Chillicothe. The good news is that the Lady Pirates will have three winnable games against Southern Boone, Kirksville and Mexico next week before going on the road to face Class 2 and No. 1 ranked Skyline on Saturday, Feb. 3rd.
TOP SCORERS
Two names that stand out for Chillicothe are Hunter Keithley and Jordan Hibner, who combined for 33 of the team’s 53 points with 17 and 16, respectively.
For Boonville, Camryn Monteer was the only player in double figures with 11 points. She also dished out one assist.
Jodie Bass came off the bench to pour in nine points along with one rebound and one steal while Katie Peterson added eight points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists, Brynn Edwards six points, six assists, three steals and two rebounds, Jalyn Schnetzler six points, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Jamie Lemmons five points, eight rebounds and one steal, Hana Cook one point and one rebound and Kennedy Renfrow with one steal.
To show what kind of a night it was shooting the ball, the Lady Pirates hit just 17 of 50 shots from the field for 34 percent and 3 of 11 from the three point arc for 27 percent.
Chillicothe also won the JV game against Boonville 39-32.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 5-5 on the season, trailed Chillicothe 10-7 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 7-3 advantage in the second to go up by a score of 14-13. However, in the third quarter, the Lady Hornets stormed back with a 13-10 scoring edge to retake the lead at 26-24. Meanwhile, in the final period, Chillicothe outscored Boonville 13-8 to win the game by seven.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls did not play their game against Chillicothe. “We usually struggle to score against teams who play man to man, but we can make up for it with our defense,” Wendell said. “We struggled on both ends of the court last night. Most of it was due to a lack of effort on the defensive end. We did some good things, but could not take advantage of opportunities to score.”
Mag Thomas and Montana Hall each had 10 points for Chillicothe while Kiley Kirkpatrick chipped in nine.
For Boonville, Sophi Waibel tossed in a game-high 17 points while Olivia Gholson added seven, Taylor Frederick four, Brooke Eichelberger three and Sarah Miller with one.