Improve to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team feared the worst and hoped for the best Monday night in NCMC action on the road against the much improved Marshall Lady Owls.
After coming off a win in the championship game Friday in the Centralia Tournament, Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker worried about having a letdown against the Owls.
But it was anything but that as the Lady Pirates outscored Marshall in every quarter but the fourth en route to a 52-41 victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, Hunziker said this was a great win on the road against a quality Marshall team (Top of the NCMC w/ 2-0 before tonight).
“Overall we played well for three quarters but stumbled in the fourth to finish off strong,” Hunziker said. “After starting off the night slow we began to pick up our intensity behind the scoring of Fuemmeler and Monteer in the first quarter with five and six points. Lemmons and Monteer saw little action in the second quarter after picking up some early fouls but Fenton, Coleman and Schnetzler came in and gave us valuable minutes by getting the ball to and screening for Fuemmeler who had the hot hand (10 pts in the second quarter).
“Lemmons took over in the third with 10 points, which they had no answer for defensively. After being up as many as 20 we feel apart at times in the fourthwhen trying to close out the game the way we wanted to. Some turnovers and letting them get off some uncontested shots let Marshall make a run towards the end by closing the gap to 12. The win lets us take over the top spot in the NCMC with many conference games left on the schedule.”
The Lady Pirates never trailed in hthe game against Marshall and led 15-8 after one, 29-12 at the break and 43-23 after three quarters of play. However in the final period, Boonville may have let its foot off the pedal a little too early as Marshall rallied back with a 19-9 advantage to cut the lead back to 11.
Hannah Fuemmeler had 17 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist in the game for Boonville.
Jamie Lemmons finished the game with 16 points, eight rebounds and one assist while Camryn Monteer added nine points and one assist, Brynn Edwards six points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists, Kate Peterson four points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, Brooke Coleman three steals and Jalyn Schnetzler and Jacey Fenton each with one rebound and one assist.
Boonville also finished the game shooting 39 percent from the field and 58 percent from the foul line.
For Marshall, Crawford had 12 points and Heying with eight.
As for the Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team, they also defeated Marshall 32-29.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the NCMC, opened the first half with a 14-6 lead against Marshall. However in the second half, the Lady Owls rallied back with a 23-18 advantage to cut the lead back to three.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the effort against Marshall was much better.
“Our defensive intensity was good, we just missed a few conversion opportunities by not following through with the steal,” Wendell said. “Offensively, we struggled a bit to score. They packed their defense in and it took us awhile to find good looks.  After adjusting our offense at halftime, we were able to have more of an inside-out game, which is one of our strengths. I am really proud of my girls for finishing the game. The second half was much closer than I would have liked, but they finished with the win.”
Zoe Coffelt had the game-high for Boonville with 11 points. Lawren Luscombe chipped in seven, Grace Bronakowski five, Jalyn Schnetzler four, Madison Lenz three and Hailey Polk with two.
For Marshall, Mason and Skinner each had 10 points.