Win 31st straight conference game with 59-23 win over Kirksville; Boonville boys lose to Tigers 55
It was only fitting that the Boonville Lady Pirates end the season how they started in the NCMC.
In the regular season finale Thursday night at Kirksville, the Lady Pirates recorded their 31st straight win in the NCMC dating back to the 2015-16 season by beating Kirksville 59-23.
As for the Boonville boys basketball team, they fell on the road against Kirksville 55-48.
While improving to 21-3 overall and 12-0 in the conference, Boonville will now focus on winning another district title, which begins Monday at Cole Camp.
As for the win over Kirksville, Boonville Lady Pirates coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls came out with a lot of intensity to help them go 12 in the NCMC one last time.
“We had balanced scoring as 10 players saw many minutes,” Hunziker said. “Our defense has really picked up of late and we continued that tonight as we only gave up eight points in the first half. We talked about how we wanted to have a good showing tonight so we could head into districts on a positive note. I think we did just that with everyone contributing.”
While moving to the Tri-County Conference for the 2018-19 school years, the Lady Pirates couldn’t have scripted the outcome any better against Kirksville.
Except for the fourth quarter with all five starters on the bench, Boonville outscored the Lady Tigers for the first-three quarters and led 23-6 after one, 34-8 at the half and 52-14 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, with a running clock to start the final period, Kirksville had its best quarter of the ballgame by outscoring Boonville 9-7.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, Jodie Bass had the game high with 11 points along with three assists.
Brynn Edwards finished the game with nine points and seven steals while Camryn Monteer added nine points, four steals and three rebounds, Jamie Lemmons nine points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Kate Peterson eight points and five rebounds, Jalyn Schnetzler six points, three assists, two steals and one rebound, Hana Cook five points, three rebounds and one steal, Lawren Luscombe two points, two steals and one rebound, Brooke Eichelberger three rebounds and Madison Lenz with one rebound and one steal.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 55 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line.
For Kirksville, Nichting had five points while Moore and Johnson tallied four points each.
It was the same old tune for the Boonville boys basketball team, as they led Kirksville 24-21 at the half only to be outscored 34-24 in the second half.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 9-16 overall and 3-9 in the NCMC, head coach Jesse Oswald said his team needed a game like this before districts.
“I was hoping we would come out on the winning end,” Oswald said. “All year long, we have seemed to have taken leads in the fourth quarter, only to give up the lead late, or go into overtime and lose. Tonight’s game was something we needed to have happen to us, so we can learn to play from behind with plenty of time left. Kirksville had a spark to start the second half, and we were down by as much as 11 before we battled back and cut it to a one possession game for most of the fourth quarter. I wish we could have continued rolling and come out with a victory, but we made some mistakes down the stretch and we never could take the lead. I wanted a game like this, so we could get used to playing from behind and find a way to win, and not just always play with a lead and then barely win it, or lose it in the last few minutes. But I like where we are at going into districts on the defensive end. We’ve played some good defensive ball the last 3 or 4 games. We need to work on some offensive things, but we have a little bit of time to do that before districts start next week.”
Ryan Ball had the high game for Kirksville with 11 points.
For Boonville, Semaj Clark finished the game with 12 points and two rebounds. Avery Reardon chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds while Clayton Gochenour tossed in nine points and grabbed five rebounds, Charlie Bronakowski nine points, two rebounds and two assists, Tramell Coleman two points and four rebounds, Malik Brazil two points, one rebound and one assist, Kellen Brownfield also with two points and Josh Chrisman with one point.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting just 14 of 46 shots from the field for 30 percent and 17 of 24 from the foul line for 71 percent.
In the boys JV game, Kirksville defeated Boonville 56-46.
Despite losing the game by 10, Boonville also battled Kirksville to a 22-22 tie at the half. The Pirates also trailed Kirksville by just one (39-38) after three. However in the final period, Kirksville outscored Boonville 17-6.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was a tough loss for their last game.
“Kirksville has a really good JV team,” Hill said. “One of the best JV teams in the conference. We were in this game all the way down to about two minutes left. They made a good run with a few three point plays to put it away. I am so proud of this team. They have played hard all year and given me everything they have. We have went through our share of adversity. The team we started the year with is not the team we ended with. We had one player move up to varsity full time and two others who play minutes for both teams. We also had three different players injured for long periods of time. It seemed like we had a different team every month. That’s just part of being JV. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to coach. We learned a lot though the season and we all, myself included, got so much better. This being my first year as a coach and my first team they will always have a special place in my memory. I hope to see all these guys getting better this summer in summer workouts and weight lifting. The future looks bright for this program and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Foster Jones had 12 points and Blake Morgan and Cody Bryant 10 each for Kirksville.
For Boonville, Lane West tossed in 15 points while Nathan Platt had 13, Tyler Schuster seven, Gage Sprigg six, Sam Esser three and Ethan Huntsperger with two.