Boonville finishes the season at 11-17 overall
It was good while it lasted for the Boonville Pirates basketball team.
After putting up a good effort one night earlier in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament at Cole Camp, Boonville once again showed its ugly side in the championship game against Versailles while dropping a 17 point decision, 76-59.
While the loss closed out Boonville’s season at 11-17 overall, head coach Jesse Oswald said this was a game where Versailles got stronger as the game went on, feeding off their momentum and creating energy.
The Tigers, who will face Bishop Hogan in a sectional game Wednesday night at Harrisonville High School, outscored all three opponents in the district by double digits.
“I thought we wore down as the game got into the second half,” Oswald said. “I’m not questioning our effort or intensity, but fatigue was a factor for us. They hit a total of 11 threes, with five in the third quarter and they built a double digit lead that we couldn’t come back from. A lot of those possessions I didn’t think we played bad on defense, but they were feeling it and started cooking and hitting shots even with hands in their face.”
It was the other way around in the first half as Boonville took charge from the start by jumping out to a 19-10 lead after one.
Although the Pirates were just 5 of 17 from the field in the first period, they were 6 of 6 from the line. Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville went on two runs, reeling off seven straight early and nine in a row during a two minute stretch late.
But even while leading by nine after the first eight minutes, the Pirates just couldn’t seem to pull away from the Tigers. As it turned out, Versailles took advantage of a sloppy second quarter by Boonville by outscoring the Pirates 18-12 to cut the lead to three at 31-28.
While committing just one turnover in the opening period, Boonville had a little trouble hanging on to the ball in the second by turning it over six times.
The third quarter was again all Versailles as the Tigers outscored Boonville 27-11 to lead by 11 at 55-44. Of course the same turnover bug that hit Boonville in the second showed its ugly face again in the third as the Pirates committed eight turnovers to Versailles one.
The Tigers also went on a 11-0 run in the third to go from trailing by five at 33-28 to lead Boonville by six at 39-33 with 5:16 left.
Boonville still had a shot, though.
Down by only 11 with eight minutes left, the Pirates knew they would have to have Versailles turn it over and miss a few shots while playing almost flawless. Neither happened as the Tigers turned it over just once in the fourth and outscored Boonville 21-15.
Versailles also pretty much sealed the win after opening the period with back to back threes to extend the lead to 17 at 61-44. The Tigers also went on a 8-0 run at the midway point in the fourth to push the lead to as much as 23 at 73-50.
Then, to close a gap late in the ballgame, Boonville outscored Versailles 9-2 to cut the lead back to 16.
Oswald said it was was all said and done, he couldn't have been more proud of the way the guys have played and carried themselves.
“Every game I challenged them to leave it all on the floor and not go into the locker room, win or lose, with the feeling that they could've have given a little more on the floor,” Oswald said. “I can honestly say, they always left it all out there. We have two seniors who played their last game and they will be missed. Their leadership goes a long way. Our success in the future will be a reflection on the groundwork they have laid this year.”
Coby Williams led three players in double figures for Versailles with 26 points. Jonathan Geier had 18 and Wyatt Espinosa 10.
For Boonville, Clayton Gochenour tossed in 22 points and pulled down four rebounds.
Avery Reardon finished the game with nine points, four rebounds and three assists while Semaj Clark added nine points, four rebounds and three assists, Tramell Coleman five points, four assists and three rebounds, Kyle Chrisman three points and four rebounds, Charlie Bronakowski two points, six rebounds and one assist, Tyler Schuster and Lane West each with two points and one rebound and Josh Chrisman with three rebounds and two assists.