Facing the No. 1 team in the conference in the regular-season finale isn’t exactly what the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had in mind last night while playing on the road against the Kirksville Lady Tigers.


Facing the No. 1 team in the conference in the regular-season finale isn’t exactly what the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had in mind last night while playing on the road against the Kirksville Lady Tigers.

Having lost to Kirksville by double digits earlier in the season, the Lady Pirates knew it would take their best effort of the season to come away with a win.

Unfortunately for Boonville, it was the Lady Tigers with three players in double figures and a 35-21 halftime lead for a 66-34 victory.

While the loss dropped Boonville to 10-14 on the season and 5-7 in league play, head coach Joe Henke said the Lady Pirates struggled to match the intensity of the conference champion Lady Tigers.

“We had a difficult time with their press and just did not have it tonight,”?Henke said. “We had such a good game on Wednesday night and this is a tough game to play a night after a game. No excuses, Kirksville is the best team in the conference, but I thought we could have competed a little better tonight.”

Trailing 20-11 at the end of the first period was definitely attainable for the Lady Pirates. And although Kirksville outscored Boonville 15-10 in the second quarter to go up 35-21, the Lady Pirates still had a shot for a second-half rally like Wednesday’s come from behind win against Mexico.

But that was all put aside in the third quarter as Kirksville came out and outscored Boonville 21-8 to extend the 27 at 56-29. Of course it didn’t get much better in the final period as the Lady Tigers held a 10-5 advantage for the victory.

Russell had the game-high for Kirksville with 22 points. N. Garlock chipped in 11 while A. Garlock added 10.

For Boonville, Morgan Edwards finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds and one blocked shot.

Mackenzie Greis followed up Wednesday’s 19 point effort with 11 points, two steals, one assist and one rebound. Kristin Hoff chipped in seven points along with two steals and two assists, while Cassidy Renfrow added two points, six rebounds and one assist, Aly Wessing with three rebounds and two assists, Olivia Imhoff with four assists and one rebound, Addyson Reardon with three rebounds and Sheridan Potter with one assist.

The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field and 25 percent from the foul line.

Kirksville also won the JV game against Boonville 40-35.

The Lady Pirates, who finished the season at 11-10 overall and 7-5 in the NCMC, trailed by just two (16-14) at the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Kirksville outscored Boonville 9-5 to extend the lead to 25-19. Of course the Lady Pirates didn’t go down without a fight while rallying back with a 16-15 advantage in the final period to cut the lead to five.

Boonville JV coach Jessica Howell said she was so proud of the girls for fighting all the way to the end in a close battle.

“Obviously no one wants to lose the last game of the season,” Howell said. “Coming off of just playing a game the night before and a long bus ride I knew their legs wouldn’t be fresh, but they really fought through all of that. Again it was the case of not scoring very much in the 3rd quarter.  You can’t go 5 minutes without scoring and expect to pull away.  We definitely had our opportunities, but missed layups and free throws cost us.  I can’t fault the girls for their defensive and rebounding efforts.  As a whole I am very pleased with the development of the girls over this season.  We have a very young team, with only 2 seniors and one junior even on varsity.  I was impressed with their desire to get better and win consistently, and that’s what you want to see out of a young program.

“Again it was the case of not scoring very much in the 3rd quarter.  You can’t go 5 minutes without scoring and expect to pull away.  We definitely had our opportunities, but missed layups and free throws cost us.  I can’t fault the girls for their defensive and rebounding efforts.  As a whole I am very pleased with the development of the girls over this season.  We have a very young team, with only 2 seniors and one junior even on varsity.  I was impressed with their desire to get better and win consistently, and that’s what you want to see out of a young program.”

Freshman Addyson Reardon had the high game for Boonville with 14 points. Kristin Hoff tossed in seven points while Anna Davis and Anna Terlep added four points each and Carley Esser and Cassidy Renfrow with three points apiece.

The Lady Pirates also made 7 of 15 shots from the foul line for 47 percent.