Varsity boys, JV boys and JV girls fall to Eagles in four game slate

About the only good thing to come out of Monday’s four game slate against the Southern Boone Eagles in Ashland is that the Boonville girls basketball team bounced back from its loss to the Chillicothe Hornets last week with a convincing 68-49 victory.
Other than that it was a long night to say the least for the Pirates, as the boys varsity team fell 71-56. Meanwhile, in junior varsity action, the Boonville boys dropped a heartbreaker 43-41 while the Lady Pirates fell 39-9.
As for the Lady Pirates varsity basketball team, they also struggled early on against Southern Boone while trailing 14-11 after the first eight minutes of the ballgame. But then in the second quarter, Boonville began to find its rhythm by outscoring the Eagles 20-10 to lead at the half 31-24. Meanwhile, after both teams put up 14 points in the third quarter, Boonville came back and held a 23-11 advantage in the fourth to win by 19.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said offensively and defensively the girls struggled out of the gates by allowing 14 points in the first quarter while only scoring 11. “During the second quarter we went on a nice run to go up 12 but allowed Southern Boone to claw back to within four. Camryn Monteer hit a three towards the end of the first half to give us a seven point advantage. The second half was much like the first with both teams having a scoring run of their own. Many times I was just waiting for us to put the game away by getting some defensive stops but Southern Boone had some fight in them and didn’t let that happen till in the fourth. Kate Peterson saw her first action in the game a minute into the fourth and was a spark right away on both ends. Our team played hard even when many of them are battling illness and you could tell weren’t able to play the way they usually do for four quarters.”
Aside from the first quarter, Hunziker got everyone into the ballgame with Jamie Lemmons leading the way with 17 points and nine rebounds. She also had three assists and one steal.
Monteer finished the game with 15 points, five assists, five steals and one rebound while Jodie Bass added seven points, six steals and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow seven points, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Brynn Edwards six points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists, Jalyn Schnetzler six points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Kate Peterson five points, five rebounds and two steals, Hana Cook five points and two rebounds and Madison Lenz with one rebound and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also fared better shooting the ball while hitting 27 of 51 shots from the field for 53 percent and 17 of 28 from the foul line for 61 percent.
For Southern Boone, Carrie Ponder had 13, Kate Ponder 11 and Dani Post with 10.
As for the Boonville boys, they were right there with Southern Boone for a quarter tied at 13-13. However it was pretty much all Eagles the rest of the way while leading 31-25 at the half and 52-42 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Southern Boone outscored Boonville 19-14.
Boonville Pirates coach Jesse Oswald said the effort was definitely a lot better tonight than it has been since Christmas break.
“We played hard the entire game and gave Southern Boone everything we had,” Oswald said. “I thought we had too many breakdowns on defense, especially with our helpside and rotations, but we were still able to stay in the game until late.  Offensively, I thought we were patient and got the shots we wanted, but we did have too many turnovers and they were able to capitalize on a lot of them. As a team, we played a complete team game with 100% effort. If we can clean up the mistakes we made as far as turnovers and rotations, we will be a much better team. Luckily those things are fixable and if we put the work in, like I know the guys on this team can, we will be much improved in the coming weeks.
“Southern Boone is a really good team and we were able to stick with them for about 28 minutes tonight before they started putting it out of reach. We had a lot of different guys stepping up and playing different positions and for extended minutes due to sickness and injuries, and not one player disappointed me with their effort. We’ve faced a lot of adversity as of late, and the way they respond by keep working and not giving up says a lot about their character. I couldn’t be more proud with the way they played. We were all hurting after losing a tough game, but we were still able to hold our heads high with the way we played.”
Sam Stichnote had 27 points and Rece Gilmore 15 to lead Southern Boone.
For Boonville, who dropped to 6-10 on the season, Avery Reardon had 11 points and seven rebounds while Charlie Bronakowski added 11 points and three boards. Semaj Clark 10 points one rebound and one assist, Clayton Gochenour nine points, one rebound and one assist, Tramell Coleman seven points and four rebounds, Lane West three points and four rebounds, Kellen Brownfield three points, two rebounds and one assist and Malik Brazil with two points, three assists and one rebound.
As for the Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team, they led Southern Boone 16-13 at the break and 33-24 after three quarters of play. However, in the fourth, the Eagles rallied back with a 19-8 advantage to win the game by two.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said nobody likes to lose but the last time the Pirates played this team they lost by 15 and trailed the whole game.
“I was proud of the way we played tonight,” Hill said. “Tonight we controlled the lead all the way into the final period. We got outscored in the fourth by 11. Our defense just wasn’t there when we needed it. We were missing two guys due to sickness and one other due to injury. We came in somewhat short handed and we just ran out of gas in the fourth. Give credit to Southern Boone for coming out in the fourth and playing their way back into this game. The loss was tough but I can clearly see that our team is getting better. As a coach that’s really what you want to see.”
Tanner Goodrich had 19 points to lead all scorers for Southern Boone.
For Boonville, who dropped to 3-7, Tayshaun Bledsoe and Lane West each had 12 points while Nathan Platt added eight, Tyler Schuster five, Sam Esser three and Nick Ferrari with one.
As for the Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team, they struggled all night offensively while trailing Southern Boone 18-6 at the half and 34-7 after three.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls did not play well. “The first time we played Southern Boone we fought and should have won that game,” Wendell said. “Last night was not the same story. As a whole we struggled on both ends. Our intensity was low on defense, which transferred over to the offensive end. Our second quarter was our best quarter. We really got after it on defense, but still struggled to score so we couldn’t lessen the gap. We definitely learned that we can’t take games off. We have to come out every night with high intensity.”
Elizabeth Brooks paced all scorers in the game for Southern Boone with 11 points.
For Boonville, who dropped to 5-6, Taylor Frederick tossed in four, Sophi Waibel three and Jordan Brackman with two.