The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team focused on the defensive end Thursday night on the road against the Marshall Owls.
While wanting to hold Marshall to 40 points or less, the Lady Pirates actually hit their goal right on the nose by beating the Owls in NCMC action by a score of 56-40.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 19-3 overall and 10-0 in the NCMC, have now won 29 straight conference games dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said this was a great NCMC win on the road where sometimes the girls can struggle to play.
“We wanted to focus on our defensive effort tonight so we set a goal of keeping them to 40 or below,” Hunziker said. “Our defense stepped up to the challenge and held them to only 21 points going into the fourth. In the last quarter we allowed Marshall to have a big quarter by giving up 19 points after being up by as many as 27. We started off the game with a 11-0 run behind the hot hand of Monteer with three three-point field goals. Marshall made a run to close it to five but never got any closer. Edwards and Lemmons combined for 10 points in the second which allowed us to widen the lead to 17 at half. Lemmons then took over in the third by scoring nine and Monteer five to extend the lead to 25. We had three Lady Pirates in double digits. We now have a tough task ahead with Moberly on Tuesday for Senior-Parents Night, where we know we will have to play four solid quarters in order to earn a win.”
The Lady Pirates were definitely on the right track against Marshall while leading 13-8 after one, 29-12 at the break and 46-21 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Boonville may have taken the gas off the pedal a little too quickly as Marshall rallied back with a 19-10 advantage.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, Jamie Lemmons led three players in double figures  with 16 points along with 17 rebounds and two steals.
Brynn Edwards finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists while Camryn Monteer added 14 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, Kate Peterson six points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists, Jodie Bass three points and one rebound, Kennedy Renfrow one point, four rebounds and two steals and Lawren Luscombe also with one point.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 18 of 46 shots from the field for 39 percent and 15 of 23 from the foul line for 65 percent.
Marshall was led by Kassidy Heying with 23 points.
In the JV game, Marshall defeated Boonville 42-36.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 7-8 overall and 6-2 in the NCMC, trailed Marshall 24-9 at the break and 33-20 at the half. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville rallied back with a 16-9 advantage to cut the lead back to six.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls did not come out ready to play at the start of the game.
“We didn’t move the ball well on offense and gave up too many easy points,” Wendell said. “The second half, you saw a completely different team. We settled in and played our game. The girls were able to control the ball more on offense, penetrating the zone and finding open shooters. We also locked in on defense. Unfortunately, we dug quite a hole in the first half, but I’m proud of the girls for battling and not giving up. They knew they could have had that game, and they fought to the end to get it.”
Sophi Waibel led all scorers in the game for Boonville with 13. Taylor Frederick chipped in 11 while Olivia Gholson added six, Brooke Eichelberger four and Sarah Miller with two.
For Marshall, Kate Donnell had 15, Hannah Pomerenke eight and Kylie Sims with six.