You could tell the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had been off for 16 days.
But even then while playing Bowling Green in the MRMC Holiday Shootout at Moberly Area Community College, the Lady Pirates still had enough to beat the Bobcats by a score of 48-36.
The Lady Pirates, 9-1 overall and winners of nine straight, outscored Bowling Green in every quarter but the fourth and led by as much as 20 before a 15-7 run by the Bobcats in the fourth to cut the lead back to eight.
“After not having a game for 16 days we were a little rusty on the offensive side which led to some turnovers by poor passing and decision making,” said Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker. “Defensively, I felt we didn’t skip a beat for three quarters. Over the last five years playing at MACC, our defense has always been strong. Playing on a college sized court usually plays to our advantage since we tend to wear down the opponents, especially since everyone is on break and practice might be limited. After taking a 20 point lead into the fourth quarter we seemed to play passive the last quarter on both ends which led Bowling Green cut into our lead. Besides not finishing the way we would have liked I felt we played well, especially against their size and athleticism. I am very proud of our team for starting off the season at 9-1.”
While shooting 55 percent from the field in the game, the Lady Pirates also led Bowling Green from start to finish by putting together two 6-0 runs in the opening period to lead 16-8.
Boonville also used its speed and quickness to force 19 turnovers in the first half, which led mostly to layups.
However after outscoring Bowling Green 13-5 in the second period while holding the Lady Bobcats to just two field goals, Boonville came out and outscored Bowling Green 12-8 again in the third to extend the lead to 20 at 41-21.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they forgot about the fourth quarter as Bowling Green went on a 9-0 run during a two minute stretch to cut the lead to 10 at 43-33. The Lady Bobcats also scored the only points in the final minute of the game to make it a 12 point ballgame.
Junior Jamie Lemmons led all scorers in the game for Boonville with 15 points along with four rebounds and one steal.
Jalyn Schnetzler finished the game with 10 points, six steals and two assists while Camryn Monteer added nine points, five steals and three assists, Jodie Bass six points, Brynn Edwards five points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds, Kate Peterson three points, one rebound and one steal, Kennedy Renfrow one steal and Hana Cook with one rebound.
For Bowling Green, Gabi Deters had 11, Jaylen Early eight and Kinley Charlton with seven.
Lady Pirate Reunion
Boonville Lady Pirates Coach Jaryt Hunziker and the Lady Pirate basketball family, past and present, gathered in Windsor Gymnasium in Boonville for the Second annual Lady Pirates Family Reunion.
Twenty-one players, nine from previous teams, gathered to play pick-up basketball, reminisce about past seasons, catch-up on what’s new and most importantly create new memories together as each player lives by the motto, “Once a Lady Pirate, Always a Lady Pirate”.
“I wanted to start a tradition with the my Boonville teams during the holiday break so we would always have a time to come together year after year”, Coach Hunziker said. “I still keep in contact or see the majority of past players, but I felt it important for them to keep in touch with each other as well. Christmas is the season of giving, so I want the Lady Pirates to know how important their time, effort and dedication were to the community, school and to their coaches. In a way, this is my Christmas gift to them.”
Following the annual game of the past with the Lady Pirates taking on this year’s team, the Lady Pirate family gathered at Breadeux Pizza to eat pizza together. “To see everyone together, talking about basketball and life, means a lot to not only the coaches but to the players,” Coach Hunziker stated.  “It takes the former players back to the days when playing the game was fun. There is nothing like playing high school sports.  It is special because these girls are playing or have played alongside teammates who they had grown up with.”
“I refer to this annual event as a Family Reunion, because that is what good high school teams are...Family.  Although this event is our gift to the players, having all my players back together is the best gift they can give me as well.”