The Boonville Pirates junior varsity basketball team improved to 3-5 overall and 3-1 in the NCMC by turning back Marshall 42-36 Friday night in a NCMC matchup at the Windsor gymnasium.
The Pirates, who led by as much as six (21-15) at the half, had to rally in the fourth quarter to overtake Marshall. Boonville led 11-6 after one and 21-15 at the break but were outscored 12-6 in the third as the Owls rallied back to tie the game at 27-all. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Boonville outscored Marshall 15-9.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was a great win for the team. “We are now 3-1 in conference JV play,” Hill said. “We got ourselves down in the fourth quarter and I was proud of the way we fought back. This was a physical hard fought game and our guys really responded in the best way possible.Next we look forward we look forward to avenging our only conference loss against Fulton.”
Nick Ferrari had the game high for Boonville with 17 points. Tyler Schuster and Ethan Huntsperger each chipped in six while Lane West added five, Tayshaun Bledsoe four and Nathan Platt and Gabe Lorenz each with two.
Marshall was led by Sam Betz with 10 points.
Marshall 9th (B) 48
Boonville 35
The Marshall boys ninth grade basketball team rallied from a six point deficit at the half by outscoring Boonville 34-15 in the second half for a 48-35 win Friday night in NCMC action at the Windsor gymnasium.
The Pirates, dropping to 4-5 overall and 1-2 in the NCMC, led Marshall 3-2 after one and 20-14 at the break. However, in the second half, the Owls rallied back with a 20-6 advantage in the third and a 14-9 edge in the fourth.
“This was our first game back after winter break, and it seemed like we had some trouble kicking off the rust a bit,” said Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore. “Marshall was a very long, athletic team that could shoot and guard well.  We had way too many turnovers on offense and couldn’t get into a rhythm, which allowed Marshall to get a lot of steals and transition points down the stretch.  We also struggled with our defensive effort in the second half.  It just seemed like we didn’t have our full legs under us, and that led to a lot of mental lapses that Marshall was able to capitalize on.  
“We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and making more efficient passes.  We also need to get our legs back so that we can keep our defensive intensity for all four quarters.  We will get back to work next week and get ready for our game on Tuesday in Moberly.”  
Mark Mallette had 16 points and Antwon French 10 for Marshall.
For Boonville, Kayle Rice tossed in 13 while Axton Nease added eight, Andrew Wiser and Cody Garner five each and Gabe Greis and Saylor Marquez each with two.