Improve to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the NCMC

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team continued to hit on all cylinders Thursday night in NCMC action against the Moberly Spartans.
One night after beating the Fulton Lady Hornets by 40 and three nights after beating the Marshall Owls by 11, the Boonville Lady Pirates were back at it again against Moberly while leading from start to finish for a convincing 48-32 victory.
While improving to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the NCMC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said it was another great night on the defensive end.
“We have really stepped it up over the last couple weeks with our 1-2-2 ball press,” Hunziker said. “The girls are doing a great job of covering shooters and limiting inside touches. Teams are really having to work for good looks and we are definitely controlling the tempo when needed. Offensively we struggled at times to score tonight. Moberly did a good job of sagging on Jamie (Lemmons) inside but the girls did a good job of getting her the ball but at the same time attacking with the dribble when we had the opportunities.
“Brynn (Edwards) and Jamie did a lot of the scoring in the first half with both having 10 points to put us up 14 at halftime. Lemmons continued to be a load inside by adding another eight points the second half. I couldn’t be more pleased with what we have accomplished so far in the season. We have a tough test in a great Palmyra team over break. They have Nicole Kroeger who has committed to Northern Iowa next year for basketball. It will be a great test for us to get us going into the new year.”
Although the Lady Pirates wound up winning by 16, it would be safe to say that offensively it wasn’t one of Boonville’s better nights shooting the ball while connecting on only 39 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line.
Hunziker also stuck with his starters for most of the game with all five accounting for all of the teams points.
Nonetheless, the Lady Pirates did what they had to do against Moberly and set the tone from the opening tip while leading 11-3 at the 1:17 mark in the first on the hot shooting of junior Brynn Edwards and sophomore Jamie Lemmons.
The Lady Spartans never got any closer than five for the rest of the ballgame while Boonville opened up a 23-9 lead after a basket by Edwards with 4:02 left in the half.
While outscoring Moberly 28-14 in the first-two periods, the Lady Pirates also used a 9-0 run during a two-minute span in the second to extend the lead.
The second half was no different than the first as Boonville came out and outscored Moberly 12-7 to push the lead to 19 at 40-21. Meanwhile, with a 19-point lead to start the fourth, the Lady Pirates worked some time off the clock by spreading the floor. But that move may have backfired a little bit as Moberly cut seven points off the lead to make it 42-30 with 3:14 left.
However over the final three minutes of the game, Boonville pushed the lead back up to 18 after back-to-back baskets by Lemmons and two from junior Kate Peterson to go up 48-30. Then, to closeout the scoring in the ballgame, Moberly’s Sydney Flood hit two foul shots to make it a 16-point ballgame.
Lemmons led all scorers in the game for Boonville with 18 points along with eight rebounds and six steals.
Edwards finished the game with 12 points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists while Hannah Fuemmeler added eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and one assist, Kate Peterson with six points, seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal and Camryn Monteer with four points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal.
For the record, the Lady Pirates hit on 18 of 42 shots from two-point range for 43 percent and 2 of 9 from the three-point arc for 22 percent.
For Moberly, Sydney Flood had 16 and Karriana Kinder with six.
As for the Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team, they also prevailed against Moberly by a score of 30-25.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the NCMC, outscored Moberly in three out of the four quarters of play and led 10-3 after one, 16-6 at the half and 22-11 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Moberly rallied back with a 14-8 advantage.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said she was really proud of the girls’ effort against Moberly.
“Knowing we could beat them, they came out with a confidence that I haven’t seen from them yet this year,” Wendell said. “They were intense defensively, which caused many forced turnovers from Moberly. They were more of an offensive team last night than I have seen this season. We were able to switch through a couple offenses to get different looks. We still need to work on our shot selection and having better poise on offense, but we are continuing to get better each game.”
Lawren Luscombe had the game-high for Boonville with 13 points. Zoe Coffelt chipped in eight while Madison Lenz and Jalyn Schnetzler added four points each and Hailey Polk with two points.
For Moberly, Mary Billington had 11 points while Aleesia Oliver chipped in two points.