Improves to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in league play

Coming off a 3-0 week is an accomplishment in itself.
Backing it up is another.
Such was the case Monday night at home against the Marshall Lady Owls.
After winning the Centralia Tournament for the second year in a row on Friday, the Lady Pirates did a quick turnaround with a conference game against the much improved Lady Owls. And while Marshall put up a good fight for one quarter, down by only nine, they were no match for the rest of the game as Boonville pushed the lead to as much as 26 before prevailing by a score of 66-44.
Now here is the interesting part. With seven wins to closeout the conference schedule in 2015-16 and a perfect 12-0 last year and two again this season, the Lady Pirates have now won 21 straight conference games dating back to the 2015-16 season.
The win also improved Boonville’s record to 6-1 overall, which includes six straight after the season opening loss to the California Pintos.
“Nice Conference win versus a quality opponent who came in 2nd Place last year with 4 starters back including 3 All-Conference players. Besides turning the ball over too many times I felt we played a fairly good game. We need to make better decisions with the ball and more crisper passes. Sometimes we think a passing lane is open when actually there is a defender right there looking to get the steal-we just have to have better judgement. Defensively we did a real nice job keeping their bigs Crawford (6 pts) and Terrill (3 pts) in check. Offensively we moved the ball around well which allowed us some great looks but we need to look to attack more which will open up more offense for us.”
Ok, let’s get the bad out of the way. Yes, Boonville won by 22 and yes the Lady Pirates are still perfect in the NCMC. But the turnovers will have to be something Coach Hunziker addresses before getting into the toughest part of the schedule. While forcing 25 turnovers in the game, the Lady Pirates had 21 as a team-11 of which came in the first half. That’s after a bare minimum in the championship last Friday against Macon.
Senior Brynn Edwards had her best game of the season with a 19 point effort along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. That makes six out of seven games in double figures for Edwards. Junior Jamie Lemmons, meanwhile, looks to be back after sitting out the first month of the season due to shoulder surgery with 15 points and nine rebounds. Camryn Monteer finished the game with nine points, six steals and two rebounds while Jalyn Schnetzler added nine points, three assists, one rebound and one steal, Kate Peterson six points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist, Jodie Bass five points, two rebounds and one assist, Madison Lenz three points and one rebound, Kennedy Renfrow three steals and Sophi Waibel with one steal.
For Marshall, Kassidy Heying had 15 points while Lyssa Aycalon and Taylor Crawford tossed in six each.
You can’t get any better than going 4-for-4 to start the game, which is exactly what Boonville did to lead Marshall 19-13 after first period’s end. But even while finishing the period 7 of 13 from the field, the Lady Pirates couldn’t seem to shake the Owls while leading by two at 15-13 with 1:36 left before scoring the last four points to extend the lead to six.
The Lady Pirates once again dominated the second quarter by outscoring Marshall 19-9 to lead 38-22 at the half. Although it was far from perfect, Boonville trailed only once in the first half at 5-4 at the 6:49 mark after a three by junior Kassidy Heying but also closed out the half with six straight points. Schnetzler also scored seven of her nine points in the second quarter while Edwards had 10 of her game-high 19 points in the first 16 minutes.
Ok, it was only three but it still put some distance between Boonville and Marshall in the third. While the Lady Pirates outscored the Owls 15-13 in the period to push the lead to 18 at 53-35, the quarter was more about holding Marshall three field goals. Boonville also had two runs in the third with five straight to start the quarter on a basket by Peterson and a three by Edwards. Meanwhile, after Marshall went on a 6-0 run during a minute and a half stretch to cut the lead to 11, the Lady Pirates once again closed out the period on a 7-0 run on a three by Bass and back-to-back baskets by Lemmons.
The Lady Pirates had this game well in hand before the fourth while leading by double digits from the second quarter on. However it didn’t hurt that Boonville went on a 10-0 run during a three minutes stretch to make it 63-37 with 3:20 left. Hunziker cleared the bench after that, which saw only a four point swing by Marshall. Boonville still managed to hold a 13-9 advantage in the fourth.
Anytime a team shoots 46 percent from the field, that’s a good thing. And Boonville did just that by hitting 26 of 57 shots. Hitting 6 of 16 shots from the three-point arc is also not bad. However the free throws need a little work, as the Lady Pirates converted on only 8 of 14 shots for 57 percent as a team.
The Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team fell short against Marshall 34-31.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the NCMC, trailed Marshall 23-13 at the half and 31-22 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 9-3 advantage in the fourth to cut the lead back to three.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the loss against Marshall was a matter of not playing hard and smart for an entire game.
“We came out with some fire, but went almost scoreless in the second quarter,” Wendell said. “Our defense also lagged in the second quarter, which put us down 10 at half. We came back out in the third quarter with a slow start, but quickly pulled it together. We held them to just 11 points in the second half. We struggled to rebound and move the ball on offense. Definitely saw some good things with Olivia Gholson getting after it at the top of the press and Sarah Miller playing big down low to give us a chance at a win.”
Emma Schulte and Kate Donnell each had 10 points for Marshall. Skylar Walton chipped in eight.
For Boonville, Sophi Waibel had 10, Taylor Frederick seven, Olivia Gholson six, Brooke Eichelberger five, Sarah Miller two and Daylynn Baker with one.