Boonville also captures the conference title for the second year in a row
It was only a matter of time before Boonville senior Morgan Edwards became the all-time scoring leader in Lady Pirates history.
Needing only six points going into last night’s game against the Moberly Lady Spartans, Edwards got that in the first quarter as the Lady Pirates jumped out to a 20-2 lead and never looked back for a crushing 71-38 victory.
While finishing the game with 12 points, Edwards now has 1,476 points in her career. Heather English held the previous record of 1,470 points from 2006-2009.
Of course along with the scoring record by Edwards, the Lady Pirates also clinched their second conference title in as many years with just one game in the NCMC left to go. Boonville will host the Mexico Lady Bulldogs in a make-up game tonight at the Windsor gymnasium starting with the JV girls game at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity girls at approximately 6:30 and varsity boys at 7:45.
Although the win was the 22nd in a row for the Lady Pirates and 11th straight in the conference, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls jumped out to another great start in the first quarter by scoring 20 points before Moberly got on the board.
“The second quarter defense wasn’t as strong as Moberly came out and outscored us 18-16,” Hunziker said. “We allowed too many points in and around the paint along with second chance opportunities. We needed to do a better job of closing out the defensive possession with rebounds. The girls picked up their aggressiveness on defense and started the 2nd half on a 8-0 run and kept it up by putting 24 points on the board. I saw many good things offensively in the 2nd half especially with some of our cutting, spacing, and ball movement which lead to some great backcuts or dribble drives to the rim. We had great balanced scoring with Renfrow, Imhoff, Peterson, and Edwards all reaching double figures. We are back at it the next-two nights hoping to end our conference schedule by going 12-0 by defeating Mexico on Wednesday then a great matchup with Helias on Thursday.”
If the Lady Pirates had one downfall on the night, it was probably the second quarter as Moberly held a 18-16 scoring edge. But even then Boonville held a comfortable lead at the half by a score of 36-20. The second half was pretty much a carbon copy of the first as Boonville outscored the Lady Spartans 24-12 in the third to extend the lead to 28 at 60-32. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Pirates held a 11-6 advantage to win by 33.
As for the scoring in the game, Paige Renfrow led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points along with five steals, three rebounds and two assists.
Olivia Imhoff tallied 15 points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists while Edwards added 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists, Paige Peterson with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Millie Moyer with eight points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Hannah Fuemmeler and Whitney Bush each with three points and two steals, Jessica Luscombe with two points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Addy Reardon with two assists and one rebound, Anna Nelson with one rebound and one steal and Brynn Edwards with one assist.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 27 of 55 shots from the field for 49 percent and 14 of 20 from the foul line for 70 percent.
As for the scoring in the game for Moberly, Mia Davis had 18, Karriana Kinder six and Lexy Ganaway and Taylor Godwin each with five.
Boonville also won the JV game against Moberly 49-25.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 14-3 overall and 9-1 in the NCMC, opened the first half with a 20-13 lead and then outscored Moberly 29-12 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said the girls came out and played hard from the start.
“We had a little trouble with fouls early in game but they handled it well and kept up their aggressiveness throughout the game,” Freese said. “They played right with us the first quarter but we started to make a run in the second and then was able to keep a steady lead in the game to allow the bench to get in some playing time. They really took their time and ran their offense and got good looks on the inside as well as hitting shots From the outside. Great way to start a three game week.”
Brynn Edwards led the Lady Pirates with 18 points along with five steals, two rebounds and one assist.
Anna Nelson finished the game with 11 points, seven rebounds and one steal while Camryn Monteer added 10 points, four steals, two rebounds and one assist, Kate Peterson with seven points, four steals and two assists, Rachel Lutz with two points and Kyla Johnson with one point, two rebounds, one steal and one assist.
For Moberly, Trea Vestal had 11, Lindsey Koeing 10 and Sloane Smith and Torey Rasmussen each with two.