Lady Pirates improve to 12-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team may have had a little deja vu last night against the Fulton Hornets in NCMC action at the Windsor gymnasium.
In the first meeting against Fulton back on December 16th, the Lady Pirates trailed by double digits at the half only to rally back for a 53-46 win. Meanwhile, in the game last night, Boonville trailed 26-23 at the break only to rally in the second half for a 52-42 victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 12-0 overall and now makes the Lady Pirates 37-4 in two years, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he went away from the 1-2-2 Ball Press and played Fulton straight up man to man defense.
“The last time we played them we had great success going to it when we made the adjustment at halftime,” Hunziker said. “Brandt, Totta and Guse did a great job of attacking our zone defense a couple weeks ago by getting the ball inside and knocking down outside shots so we needed to focus on taking those things away tonight. Millie, Paige Peterson and Paige Renfrow did a great job tonight of taking on the responsibility of guarding two of the best conference players in Totta and Brandt.
“As a team we had good helpside defense with girls stepping up and shutting down lanes to drive especially in the second half. Totta got off to a great start scoring seven points in the first quarter but we kept her to only one point in the second quarter. We struggled the first half with our outside shooting besides Peterson knocking down two threes in the first quarter. We have to be more consistent with our shooting. We seem to have games where we struggle from the perimeter, especially when teams are doing a great job of taking away Morgan inside. Fulton looked a step slower the second half which I’m sure effected their ability to score and allowed us to try to push the ball a little more. Overall, I couldn’t have been prouder of the girls for their efforts tonight.”
With the California Tournament looming next week, the Lady Pirates could possibly see Fulton for a third time in the semifinal round on Wednesday, Jan. 14th. Boonville picked up the No. 1 seed and a bye in the first round while Fulton, the No. 4 seed, faces No. 5 California in the opening round on Monday, Jan. 12th.
As for the game last night, Fulton did exactly what they wanted to do in the first half by forcing Boonville to shoot from the outside while taking away the inside game. Although the plan worked for a while as the Lady Hornets held senior Morgan Edwards to eight points in the first half, the move may have backfired in the second half as sophomore Paige Peterson began to light it up from the three-point arc with back-to-back treys in the third quarter to extend the lead to four at 31-27.
Fulton led 16-13 after first period’s end only because of back-to-back baskets to closeout the period. Meanwhile, in the second quarter, the Lady Pirates had another rough start by missing on their first-seven shots. As a result, Fulton pushed ahead by as many as seven points at 26-19 after two free throws by Laurel Royer with 1:06 left.
With Edwards and Peterson combining for 15 of the team’s 23 points in the first half, Fulton countered with a one-two punch of NaShayla Brandt and Sloane Totta with 17 of the team’s 26 points.
But like all good teams, the Lady Pirates found a way to win in the second half. Brandt and Totta still got their points in the final-two periods while combining for 15 of the team’s 16 points. However, in the third quarter, Boonville held the duo to just four points while scoring 15 to extend the lead to 38-31.
The two threes by Peterson were also huge in the third as the Lady Pirates went from leading by one at 28-27 to go up 31-27 with 5:45 remaining.
Fulton never got any closer than three in the final period while Boonville led by as much as 12 after reeling off nine straight during a four-minute span to make it 51-39.
The Lady Pirates also outscored Fulton 14-11 in the final period. The only downside in the fourth was that Brandt scored 10 of the team’s 11 points, six of which came from behind the three-point arc. However, Edwards also scored six of her game-high 16 points in the final period-all of which came during the 9-0 run.
To go along with her 16 points, Edwards also crashed the boards for 19 rebounds while dishing out two assists and grabbing one steal.
Peterson, meanwhile, finished the game with 14 points, three rebounds and one assist. Paige Renfrow tallied nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist while Olivia Imhoff added six points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist, Millie Moyer with four points, two rebounds and one assist, Hannah Fuemmeler with three points and one rebound, Jessica Luscombe with one rebound and one steal and Addy Reardon with one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 19 of 59 shots from the field for 32 percent and 8 of 15 from the foul line for 53 percent.
For Fulton, who dropped to 6-2, Brandt had 19 points and Totta 12.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Fulton 61-18.
The Lady Pirates, 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the NCMC, opened the game with a 41-9 lead against Fulton and then outscored the Hornets 20-9 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said this is a great way to start back from break.
“Our defense caused a lot of problems in the full court that allowed our points to mainly come from transition,” Freese said. “When we did set up an offense the girls done a great job of ball movement and looked both inside and outside for the open person.”
Brynn Edwards led the Lady Pirates with a double-double with 18 points and 12 steals along with five assists and four rebounds.
Camryn Monteer tallied 15 points, six steals, three rebounds and two assists while Kate Peterson added 12 points, six steals, five assists and two rebounds, Kyla Johnson with four points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists, Anna Nelson with four points, five steals, three rebounds and one assist, McKenna Stumph with four points, four rebounds and one steal, McKenzie Lutz with two points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals, Natasha Jenkins with two points and one rebound and Rachel Lutz with four rebounds and one steal.
For Fulton, Hannah Cerda and Alexus Weaver each had six points.