Improve to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in NCMC
Boonville girls basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker had several concerns going into Tuesday’s game against the Hannibal Pirates.
Aside from having a letdown from Saturday’s championship game against California in the California Invitational Tournament, Hunziker was also concerned about his team coming out flat after not touching a basketball in three days.
As it turned out, Hunziker had few worries as the Lady Pirates outscored Hannibal in all four quarters for a convincing 61-23 victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the NCMC, the Lady Pirates have now won straight since their season opening loss to California on November 20th. The win over Hannibal also marked the 25th straight conference win dating back to the 2015-16 season.
“With the girls not touching the basketball since Saturday night at California due to the weather of late, you could see the many opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on in the first quarter with only 12 points,” Hunziker said. “By the second quarter we started getting back to what we needed by knocking down some shots and the defense helping as well with some steals. It was another great opportunity to play 11 players tonight with 10 getting in the scoring column.”
Whether it was the cold outside or the layoff due to being out of school, you could tell the Lady Pirates were not in-sync against Hannibal while hitting only 5 of 14 shots from the field and turning the ball over five times.
But even then Boonville was clearly the better team on the floor while leading Hannibal 12-3 after first period’s end while holding the Lady Pirates to one field goal.
Hannibal also took its only lead of the ballgame on a three point play by Emma Deien to make it 3-2 with 6:07 left. However it was pretty much all Boonville after that with 10 straight points to lead by nine.
While forcing nine turnovers alone in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates came out with the same attitude in the second period with a swarming defense in the way of seven miscues by Hannibal. At the same time, Boonville outscored Hannibal 28-10 to lead at the break by a score of 35-13.
In addition to playing well defensively in the first half, Boonville also hit its stride offensively in the second quarter by hitting 9 of 14 shots from the field. The Lady Pirates also went on two runs in the second with seven straight starting at the 6:04 mark in the half. The second came with 2:24 remaining, which included nine in a row to extend the lead to 35-11.
Senior Brynn Edwards also had the hot hand in the first half with 14 of her game high 20 points.
The second half was pretty much like the first, with the Lady Pirates outscoring Hannibal 18-9 to lead by 36 at 58-22.
Boonville also opened the third quarter with eight straight to make it 45-13 and then reeled off another six in a row in a matter of 50 seconds to extend the lead to 51-17. As for Hannibal, they put up only nine points in the third and finished with just three field goals.
Meanwhile, with a running clock to start the fourth quarter, Boonville’s bench closed out the game with a 3-1 advantage against Hannibal.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, Edwards finished the game with 20 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Jamie Lemmons closed out the game with a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds along with two steals while Jodie Bass added 11 points and three steals, Camryn Monteer five points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists, Kate Peterson two points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist, Hana Cook two points and six rebounds, Jalyn Schnetzler two points, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Madison Lenz two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Lawren Luscombe two points and two rebounds, Brooke Eichelberger two points and Kennedy Renfrow with two steals and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also hit on 23 of 58 shots from the field for 40 percent and 9 of 12 from the foul line for 75 percent.
For Hannibal, Kaylee Falconer had eight points.
Hannibal coach Ben Jamerson said he knew what Boonville would bring and how they would bring it.
“I thought we stood tall on several occasions, but more often than not, they were the ones imposing their will on us,” Jamerson said. “They just took control of the game pretty early on, and we didn't have enough firepower to combat what they had to offer. On their 1-2-2 trap — “They'll get you in the corners and when you cross half court. If you try to beat it to the middle, they try to have an intercepter to guard against that. Unless you're getting the ball up quickly and taking care of the basketball, they've constantly got active hands and they're constantly getting in your passing lanes. It's just hard to stand up to that kind of pressure sometimes.”