Lady Pirates win 61-21; Boonville boys prevail 69-58

The Boonville Pirates and Lady Pirates basketball teams added another notch in the win column Tuesday night at home against the Fulton Hornets.
While the Lady Pirates throttled Fulton 61-21 in the opening game, the Boonville boys made it a perfect 7 for 7 on the season by beating the Hornets 69-58.
As for the Lady Pirates, they improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the NCMC by holding Fulton to single digits in three out of the four quarters of play.
Boonville also had nine players in the scoring column against Fulton with four players scoring in double figures.
Of course this game got ugly in a hurry as Boonville came out and scored the game’s first 15 points before giving up a basket in the final minute of the period.
The Lady Pirates led 17-2 after one and then outscored Fulton 19-2 in the second to lead at the break by a score of 36-4.
The second half was pretty much a carbon copy of the first half as Boonville went on runs of six and eight points in the third quarter to extend the lead to 53-11. Meanwhile, with a running clock to start the fourth quarter, Fulton had its best quarter of the ballgame by outscoring Boonville 10-8.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said knowing that Fulton lost many key pieces from last year’s team he wanted to put this game away by halftime so they could rest players for Thursday but also get the bench some good minutes for experience.
“Defensively we caused them problems all night all over the floor,” Hunziker said. “By having a 30+ point lead at halftime we focused on using the second half to work on our offenses and our  defense. The bench played the majority of the second half and did a great job of moving the basketball and finding easy shot opportunities on offense. Defensively, we needed to rebound and defend their inside game better since they scored by getting too many point blank opportunities down low. It was nice seeing almost everyone get in the scoring column.”
Camryn Monteer and Hannah Fuemmeler tied for the team-high for Boonville with 13 points.
Monteer also finished the game with five steals, three rebounds and two assists while Fuemmeler had four steals, three assists and one rebound. Brynn Edwards added 11 points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist while Jamie Lemmons chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist, Madison Lenz four points, two rebounds and two steals, Jalyn Schnetzler four points, two steals and one assist, Jacey Fenton two points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal, Lawren Luscombe two points, two steals and one assist, Brooke Coleman also with two points and Kate Peterson with three steals, two rebounds and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 27 of 62 shots from the field for 44 percent and 5 of 6 from the foul line for 83 percent.
For Fulton, Hannah Newman, Alize Coleman and Haden Trowbridge each had four points.
As for the Boonville boys basketball team, they had a little bit different game against the Hornets while trailing 11-10 after first period’s end and 25-23 at the half.
Although neither team led by more than three points in the first-two periods, the Hornets looked to be a little quicker on foot by hitting from both inside and out against Boonville. Fulton also scored 12 of its 25 points from the three-point arc in the first half.
With two quarters in the books and only two points separating both teams, the Pirates came out with a little better understanding of what they needed to do in the second half. As it turned out, Boonville outscored Fulton 19-11 to lead by six at 42-36.
The Pirates also reeled off eight straight points during a minute stretch in the third to go from trailing 31-29 with 3:58 left to lead 37-31 with 2:59 remaining.
Both teams came out firing in the fourth quarter with Boonville outscoring Fulton 27-22. The Pirates also led by as much as 17 in the final period after a basket by senior Riley Lang to make it 61-44 with 2:50 left.
However over the final two minutes and 39 seconds, the Hornets outscored Boonville 14-8 to cut the lead back to 11.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said he thought the Pirates played their most complete game of the year against a very good Fulton team.  
“Our goal was to limit Fulton’s ability to get to the rim off the dribble and to limit their tendency to drive the baseline,” Floyd said.  “For the most part, we kept both those tasks in check tonight.  Though we were down two at half, I felt good about our effort.  Fulton hit some long range bombs, two of which were banked in, but we kept them out of the paint and off the free throw line.  We survived the first half despite two of our starters sustaining injuries which forced them to sit out for several minutes.”
As for the second half, Floyd said in the third quarter they were able to get some separation with a couple of three point baskets that pushed the lead to six.
“I felt that if we could get the lead on them, despite the close nature of the game, that we could ride the momentum into the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter,” Floyd said. “While free throwing shooting has been very inconsistent this season, tonight we were able to shoot an outstanding 16-17 from the line.  This essentially stopped any comeback attempts that Fulton attempted.  
“Once again, I thought the team did a nice job of finishing out the game.  Fulton pressed and switched defenses in the fourth quarter, but our guards did a good job of recognizing the defensive switches and getting us into the correct offensive sets.  The kids also did a nice job of attacking the rim. We were in the bonus, so we felt like if we attacked the rim we could get to the free throw line.  At that point in the ball game it was just a matter of hitting free throws to win the game.  The NCMC is a tough conference.  We feel that if we want to compete for a conference title we need to take care of the home games.  And we have done that so far winning both conference games at home.  We started off 0-3 in conference a year ago so to start 2-0 this year is a step in the right direction.”
Alec Adair led the Pirates, who improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the NCMC, with 22 points along with four assists, three steals and one rebound.
Riley Lang, who was awarded a plaque before the game for picking up his 1,000th point back on December 1st against the Centralia Panthers, finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Nick Zeitlow also scored in double digits with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals while Ryan Beaver added nine points, one rebound, one assist and one steal, Avery Reardon eight points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Brandon Johnson two points and one rebound and Gio Strickland with one rebound and one assist.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 23 of 40 shots from the field for 58 percent and 16 of 17 from the foul line for 94 percent.
For Fulton, Makygh Galbreath had 18, Dion Vaughn 14 and Jared Peery with 11.