The North Central Missouri Conference has proven to be less than kind for the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team this season.
Although the Lady Pirates have played several teams close this year, they have yet to put together four quarters of basketball. Such was the case last night on the road against the Mexico Lady Bulldogs. While leading 19-14 after first period’s end and 32-29 at the half, Boonville again failed to close the door on its opponent while allowing Mexico to rally back with a 39-25 advantage in the final-two periods for a 68-57 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 6-11 overall and 1-5 in the NCMC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he thought he was watching the Grinnell men’s basketball team play with the number of threes that they were being put up by Mexico.
“We came out and did a great job of contesting all outside shots and being in position on the catch which led to a three-point halftime lead and as much as eight points in the third,” Hunziker said. “Mexico then responded with a barrage of threes which got us out of our zone. By doing so it created some mis-matches for us since they are so guard oriented. They ended up connecting on 11 threes on the evening. Our offense has greatly improved over the past few weeks just by everyone contributing and playing inside-outside ball. We still have a long ways to go but we are working hard everyday in practice to get there.”
Brooke Costley led three players in double figures for Mexico with 19 points while Karen Baker had 15 and Alson Mudd with 10.
For Boonville, Morgan Edwards finished the game with 23 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Olivia Imhoff added 10 points, four steals, four assists and two rebounds while Ally Wessing chipped in nine points, nine rebounds and six assists, Addy Reardon with nine points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Cassidy Renfrow with four points and 10 rebounds, Cali Jo McAreavy with two points and Carley Esser with one rebound and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also shot the ball well enough to win last night while connecting on 23 of 54 shots from the field for 43 percent and 9 of 11 from the foul line for 82 percent.
As for the Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team, they had a little better luck by beating Mexico by a score of 36-24.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 3-8 overall, trailed Mexico 16-12 at the half before rallying back with a 24-8 scoring edge in the second half for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said the girls got off to a slow start but once they got their offense figured out then things started to come together.  
“Our defense in the last couple of games has looked really good,” Freese said. “We are working really hard and playing good ball.  In this game our guards really stepped up and got things moving and caused a lot of turnovers in our favor that allowed us some easy layups.   I am seeing good things like the girls are looking to move the ball now and that is allowing us to get good looks inside and out.  I am really excited to see how well they are improving and are getting the success they want as a team.”
Freshman Sydnee Poindexter had the game-high for Boonville with 16 points along with eight rebounds, six steals and three assists.
Cali McAreavy added six points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists while Jessica Luscombe had six points, three rebounds and one steal, Kelsi Dillender with two points, five rebounds and one steal, Rashelle Bush with two points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Anna Nelson with two points and four rebounds and Courtney Timm with two points, three rebounds and one steal.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field.
For Mexico, Ingrum tossed in 10 points.
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team will host the state-ranked Kirksville Lady Tigers on Monday, Jan. 28th at Fred Biesemeyer Court starting at 6 p.m. Then, on Friday, Feb. 1, the Boonville boys and girls will play at Fulton in NCMC action at 6.