“We had our chances but just couldn’t finish,” said Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker on Monday night’s 54-53 overtime loss against the California Pintos.
Although California led by as much as six in the first half after runs of 10 and six straight points, Boonville still trailed by only two going into the half at 24-22. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, the Lady Pirates began to find the basket with a little more regularity by outscoring the Pintos 15-11 to go up by two at 37-35.
Boonville also dominated the first quarter by outscoring California 9-4 even though both teams struggled to shoot the ball and combined for more turnovers (14) than points.
However after going up by two with just eight minutes left in the game, Boonville never wavered while taking a two-point lead at 46-44 with 23 seconds left. However, with six ticks left on the clock, the Lady Pirates made the mistake of allowing sophomore Elizabeth Lutz to score on a putback to tie the game at 46-all.
Boonville got a good look after that on a shot at the buzzer but had it partially deflected to send the game into overtime.
The Lady Pirates again had plenty of chances in overtime for the win but either failed to convert at the foul line or turned the ball over. California, meanwhile, led by as much as five in OT after two foul shots by senior Mara Caudel. But on Boonville’s next trip down the floor, junior Hannah Fuemmeler hit a three to cut the lead to two at 54-52 with 23 seconds left.
The Lady Pirates then caught a break when California missed a shot to go up by four after missing two foul shots with 6 seconds left. The Lady Pintos then committed perhaps the biggest mistake of the game by fouling in the final seconds. Needing two to tie the game and send it into overtime, senior Millie Moyer drained the first shot to cut the lead to one at 54-53. However, on the second attempt, Moyer’s shot nipped the front of the rim as California held on for the victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 0-1 on the season, Hunziker said his team missed many shots with 5-8 feet throughout the evening and went 12 of 24 from the foul line. “The defense did a great job of getting out on shooters but gave up too many looks by letting the offense drive through the middle,” Hunziker said. “Once we start to become more consistent with our shooting and keep teams out of the paint defensively we will be a tough team. For the first night out I new it would be a sloppy game, especially with the way California pressures in the full court. I thought after a quarter we started to handle their pressure but just couldn’t get anything going offensively. The girls will be ready to bounce back next week at Mexico.”
Lutz led three players in double figures for California with 14 points while Kayla Allison had 13 and Brittney Ellington 10.
For Boonville, Millie Moyer tossed in 14 points and grabbed five rebounds and five steals while dishing out four assists.
Jamie Lemmons had eight points, four rebounds and one steal while Hannah Fuemmeler added seven points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists, Brynn Edwards with six points, seven rebounds and one steal, Paige Renfrow with six points, five steals and two assists, Abbie Lemmons with six points, three rebounds and three assists, Jessica Luscombe with six points and four rebounds and Cali Jo McAreavy with two rebounds.
Boonville also finished the game shooting just 32 percent from the field.
The JV team also fell against California by a score of 50-16.
The Lady Pirates JV, 0-1 on the season, trailed California 35-10 at the half and 46-14 after three quarters of play.
Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese said she thought the girls started with some nerves that normally comes with the first game of the season. “They were playing a team that was more physical on the inside and could shoot from the outside,” Freese said. “We struggled on the rebounding and getting good looks for shots out of our offense. I thought we pushed the ball down the floor well to get open looks in transition, we just need to finish more shots.”
Emma Bailey had 11 points and Brittney Ellington 10 for California.
For Boonville, Grace Bronakowski tossed in seven points. Lawren Luscombe added four points and four rebounds while Jacey Fenton had three points and three rebounds, Rachel Lutz with two points and two rebounds, Jalyn Schnetzler with two rebounds, two steals and one assist and Brooke Coleman with two rebounds, one steal and one assist.