The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team saw nothing but black and orange last night for 32 minutes last night at the Windsor gymnasium.

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team saw nothing but black and orange last night for 32 minutes last night at the Windsor gymnasium.

Hosting the state-ranked Kirksville Lady Tigers in NCMC action, the Lady Pirates went into the game with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

However in the end the Lady Tigers were just too strong down the stretch while pulling away from Boonville in the final period for a 61-48 victory.

While the loss dropped Boonville to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the conference, head coach Joe Henke said he was really proud of the way that th girls came out and competed against the state-ranked Kirksville team.

“We fought hard but I thought their defense and press started to wear us down and we had moments where we struggled and that is where Kirksville took advantage,” Henke said. “Kirksville had big second and fourth quarters and you can just tell that our legs were gone. I can’t fault the effort but we need to finish on the offensive end better. We shot only 31 percent from the floor and if you are trying to upset a ranked team, that will not get done.”

The Lady Pirates were more than getting it done in the first quarter. While Kirksville came out in man-to-man defense, Boonville seemed to thrive against the Lady Tigers while leading by as much as three points on two different occasions.

Boonville also closed out the first period with a 5-0 run after a three and a two by senior Mackenzie Greis to go up 14-11.

While hitting only 3 of 9 shots from the field in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates didn’t score their first basket of the game until the 1:48 mark on a three-point play by Greis. But while hitting 6 of 8 shots from the foul line in the opening period, Boonville still managed to stay ahead of Kirksville.

Of course the Lady Pirates didn’t stop there. In the second quarter, Boonville increased its lead to seven at 18-11 after a basket by freshman Morgan Edwards and a basket by Greis.

However at about the four minute mark in the first half, Kirksville caught fire while reeling off nine straight points to lead Boonville by four at 27-23 with 2:36 left.

The Lady Pirates never got any closer than three points for the rest of the half while Kirksville led by as much as seven.

Kirksville also outscored Boonville 20-12 in the second quarter to lead by a score of 31-26.

While the turnovers increased almost double in the second quarter, the Lady Pirates felt lucky to be down by just five. However after a basket by Kirksville to start the third quarter, Boonville rallied back again with a 6-1 run over a two-minute span to cut the lead to one at 34-33 with 4:20 left.

Unfortunately for Boonville, they were outscored 9-3 for the rest of the period to trail Kirksville by seven at 43-36.

The Lady Tigers never looked back from that point in the ballgame while outscoring Boonville 13-2 for the first-four minute in the final period to extend the lead to 18 at 56-38. The Lady Pirates never got any closer than 13 points for the rest of the ballgame to suffer their third straight loss.

McKenzie Russel had 18 points and Kendyl Blanke 15 for Kirksville.

For Boonville, Mackenzie Greis led all scorers with 17 points along with four steals, three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

Aly Wessing finished the game with a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists and one blocked shot while Cassidy Renfrow added five points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, Olivia Imhoff with five points, seven assists, four steals and two rebounds, Addyson Reardon with five points and two rebounds, Morgan Edwards with three points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots and Carley Esser with one rebound.

The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 14 of 43 shots from the field for 33 percent and 18 of 27 from the foul line for 67 percent.

Kirksville also won the JV game by a score of 37-31.

The Lady Pirates, dropping to 8-5 on the season and 4-2 in the NCMC, trailed Kirksville by just two (17-15) at the half before rallying back with a 9-8 scoring edge in the third quarter to make it a one-point ballgame at 25-24. However, in the final period, Kirksville outscored Boonville 12-7 for the victory.

Boonville JV coach Jessica Howell said being able to handle pressure and free throws were key in this game and unfortunately, neither were positives for us tonight. “I am proud of the girls for fighting the entire game and listening well down the stretch,” Howell said. “Our rebounding was great, we just didn’t capitalize from the free-throw line when we needed to. Our inability to break the press in the first half led to some easy baskets for Kirksville and that can’t happen if we expect to win.”

Addyson Reardon had the high game for Boonville with nine points while Anna Davis and Brittany Perry chipped in five points each, Anna Terlep and Cassidy Renfrow with four points each and Makenzie Ficken and Rashelle Bush with two points apiece.

In the game last Friday against California, Boonville jumped out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and never looked back while prevailing by a score of 43-33.

The Lady Pirates led California 24-18 at the half and then outscored the Lady Pintos 19-15 in the second half.

Howell said this was a great home win for the girls. “I thought that we started off a little sluggish, but picked things up in the second half,” Howell said. “Our rebounding improved and our offense flowed much better than it had been. We really pushed the ball up the floor, and these are all things as coaches we like to see from young players.”

Anna Davis paced all scorers for Boonville with 10 points. Addyson Reardon had nine, Devin Ellebracht and Cassidy Renfrow six each and Brittany Perry, Carley Esser, Morgan Johnston, Anna Terlep, Makenzie Ficken and Rashelle Bush each with two points.

Boonville’s JV also hit 9 of 12 shots from the line in the game.