The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had top-seeded Blair Oaks on the ropes last night in the semifinal round of the Eugene Tournament while leading 23-20.
But what happened after that is anybodys guess as Blair Oaks rallied back with a 33-14 advantage en route to a 53-37 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-1 on the season, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he couldn’t have asked for a better effort during the first half.
“We came ready for the challenge of playing No. 1 seeded Blair Oaks and it was noticeable on both ends of the floor,” Hunziker said. “After taking a 23-20 lead into halftime we came out flat the second half by getting outscored 15-2 in the third quarter. I have to do a better job of getting my girls to rebound and protect the paint on defense. Those two areas really hurt us come second half. As a team we have to put together four quality quarters just not two or three.”
The Lady Pirates couldn’t have played any better in the first half while holding a 10-7 lead after one and a 23-20 advantage at the half. However, in the third quarter, Blair Oaks couldn’t seem to miss while Boonville couldn’t seem to hit anything. As a result, the Lady Falcons came out and outscored Boonville 15-2 to lead by a score of 35-25. And then to make matters worse, Blair Oaks also held a 18-12 scoring edge in the final period to win the game by 16.
Amy Dorge had 19 points and LeeAnn Polowy 15 for Blair Oaks.
For Boonville, Addy Reardon finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds and two steals.
Morgan Edwards finished the game with seven points, seven rebounds and three steals while Olivia Imhoff added seven points, four steals, three assists and one rebound, Aly Wessing with four points, six rebounds and two assists, Cassidy Renfrow with three points and two rebounds, Millie Moyer with two points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals and Carley Esser with five rebounds.
The Lady Pirates also struggled from both the field and foul line last night, hitting only 14 of 47 shots from the field for 30 percent and 6 of 13 from the line for 46 percent.
The Boonville girls junior varsity team also played Blair Oaks last night in the Eugene Tournament and fell by a score of 44-36.
The Lady Pirates led Blair Oaks 8-6 after one but was outscored 38-28 for the rest of the game to suffer the loss.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said she saw a different level of play come from the girls.
“They were playing a team that was more physical on the inside and could shoot from the outside,” Freese said. “The girls really stepped up their intensity on defense and they competed. I was impressed at the changes they made since their first game on what we want to see on the floor. We struggle with getting into foul trouble and being confident in our outside shoot. If we can improve on those two things we can compete in each game they play.”
Payton Staggs led three players in double figures for Blair Oaks with 12 points while Chelsi Emerson and Madison Abbott added 10 points each.
For Boonville, freshman Anna Nelson finished the game with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Makenzie Ficken had eight points, three assists, two steals and one rebound while Rashelle Bush added five points and seven rebounds, Whitney Bush with five points and two rebounds, Cali Jo McAreavy with four points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals and Jessica Luscombe with two points and one rebound.
For the game, the Lady Pirates hit on 18 of 32 shots from the field for 56 percent and 2 of 6 from the foul line for 33 percent.