Boonville freshmen boys fall to Mexico, 50-39

The Boonville boys and girls junior varsity basketball teams moved one step closer to the championship in the Southern Boone Tournament Wednesday night after beating the Moberly Spartans by the scores of 67-33 and 39-25, respectively.
The Boonville boys and girls will both play Southern Boone for the championship on Saturday. Tip off for the girls title game is 12:30 p.m., with the boys game to follow at 1:45.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 2-1 on the season, outscored Moberly in three out of the four quarters of play and led 12-6 after one, 20-6 at the half and 34-12 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Moberly rallied back with a 13-5 advantage.
Boonville JV girls coach Alex Wendell said she was extremely proud of the players defensive effort. “Zoe Coffelt was a beast at the top of the press last night,” Well said. “She had numerous steals, but definitely slowed down Moberly’s offensive game. Some things we still need to work on are boxing out/rebounding and our shot selection. We rushed a few shots on offense, and for a team that wasn’t rebounding well, that hurt us a little bit. Overall, I am extremely proud of their efforts and am excited for the chance at winning the tournament on Saturday.”
Zoe Coffelt led the scoring attack for Boonville with 13 points. Maddie Lenz and Hailey Polk added eight points each while Lawren Luscombe chipped in six points and Grace Bronakowski and Sarah Miller each with two points.
For Moberly, Koenig had 11 points.
As for the Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team, they led Moberly 39-17 at the half and then outscored the Spartans 28-16 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said this was their first complete game they’ve played.  
“We were in sync both offensively and defensively tonight,” Oswald said. “On the offensive end I felt we were patient, too patient sometimes, and we were able to get contributions both inside and out. We forced a lot of turnovers and had some quick breaks. We need to work on attacking more. I feel there are times we play too unselfish. I thought Malik and Trae did an awesome job being aggressive and wanting to score. Defensively we stayed out of foul trouble tonight and we were able to force turnovers and quick shots. We struggled rebounding with one of our bigs out, but that just means we need to get everyone involved in trying to rebound. This was a great win.”
Avian Thomas had the game-high for Boonville with 16 points. Trae Williams tossed in 14 points while Malik Brazil added 13, Tyler Schuster 10, Kellen Brownfield six, Tramell Coleman four and Jaylen Butner and Dylan Barnthouse each with two.
For Moberly, Hayden Hopper had nine points.
Mexico Freshmen
Tournament
Mexico 50
Boonville 39
The Boonville boys ninth grade basketball team fell in the semifinal round of the Mexico Freshmen Tournament Wednesday night by losing to the host team.
The Pirates, dropping to 4-2 on the season, trailed Mexico 15-6 after first period’s end, 26-21 at the half and 35-27 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs outscored Boonville 15-12.
Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore said physically, these were two teams that were very evenly matched. However, he said the Pirates did not come mentally and emotionally ready to play.  
“We had missed assignments and played out of control from trying to do too much,” Moore said. “It seemed like we let too many external factors get in the way of our focus on the actual game, and we can’t let that happen to ourselves. Mexico had some scorers on the perimeter and shot the ball very well.  They also pressed us and forced us to play an up-tempo game, which we handled pretty well.  However, we got rushed in our half of the court and took some really bad shots early in the game.  
“Once we got in a hole, we didn’t have the attitude and strength to get ourselves back in the ballgame.  Overall, I feel like this was a great learning experience even though we didn’t play very well.  We learned that we have to be focused every single game, or our opponents will exploit our weaknesses.  The guys are still young and they are learning how to play at a higher level, so we will use this as development lesson and move on to the third place game on Saturday.”
For Boonville, Josh Chrisman followed up his 26 points effort on Monday against Fulton with 22 against Mexico. Sam Esser chipped in 10, Nick Ferrari four, Gage Sprigg two and Nathan Platt with one.