The bull’s-eye continues to get bigger and bigger as the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team inches toward another perfect season in the NCMC.
Such was the case Friday night during Courtwarming at the Windsor gymnasium as the Lady Pirates held off a pesky Mexico squad in the first half en route to a 52-36 victory.
While the Lady Pirates improved to 17-2 on the season, they also remained perfect in league play at 8-0 with four games to go. Friday night’s win also marked the 27th straight conference win for Boonville, which started back during the 2015-16 season.
“First of all, a huge thank you for the great turnout we had tonight from the community to support Boonville basketball. What a unbelievable atmosphere to play in. Mexico started the game by playing a smaller lineup and looking to make quick passes and attack our zone, looking for three-point opportunities. We knew as long as we kept applying pressure and locating shooters that eventually they would slow down and shots would struggle to go in. Jamie (Lemmons) came out strong tonight offensively by scoring eight of our 13 first quarter points. We struggled to score in the second quarter by putting up only seven with four of them being from the free throw line. At halftime we discussed that we had to play more aggressive and to play our game and not the slower pace they would like to play. Holding them to just four points while scoring 13 behind Lemmons’ five and Bass’ six helped us push the lead to 12 going into the fourth. Bass (9) and Lemmons (8) continued their scoring in the fourth to help put the game away. Jodie was a nice spark off the bench for us tonight and had some huge baskets when we needed them. Jamie had one of her best performances this season with 25 points and eight rebounds.”
The Mexico Lady Bulldogs did everything they could to put a dent in Boonville’s undefeated conference season. At least early on.
Although Boonville rallied back to tie the game at 13-all at the end of one, the Lady Bulldogs led 13-9 after a three by Raigan Playter and a two from Adria Costley with 2:03 left.
Of course the Lady Bulldogs probably weren’t counting on Lemmons to score easily on the inside in the first period with eight of the team’s 13 points. Boonville also hit a high percentage of their shots in the first by converting on 6 of 12 attempts.
The second quarter was a different story. While both teams struggled from the field, Boonville scored just enough points in the quarter with seven to lead Mexico 20-17 at the break. However of the seventh, four came from the foul line. The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, had only two field goals and as many turnovers as points with four.
Now that’s more like it in the third quarter. Although 13 points is still not a lot of points, Hunziker will take it as Boonville extended its lead to 12 points after three at 33-21.
Bass and Lemmons scored all but two points in the third quarter for Boonville. Bass finished with six while Lemmons had five and Kate Peterson with two for the Lady Pirates.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville reeled off seven straight to start the second half or that Hunziker had his secret weapon come off the bench to ignite the Lady Pirates.
It was only a matter of time before Boonville and Mexico showed what they were really capable of in the fourth quarter.
While combining for 34 points, Boonville held a 19-15 advantage in the fourth and led by as much as 16 on four different occasions. As for Mexico, they never got any closer than 10 in the fourth.
As for Bass, the freshman standout picked up her 17th points with 42 seconds left to make it 50-34. Then, to closeout the game, Lemmons scored her game-high 25 points on a shot down low to extend the lead to 52-36.
Lemmons finished the game with 25 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist for Boonville.
Bass tossed in 17 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist while Camryn Monteer added six points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist, Kate Peterson four points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow three steals, one rebound and one assist, Brynn Edwards three assists and one rebound, Jalyn Schnetzler two rebounds and one steal and Hana Cook with one rebound.
For Mexico, Adria Costley had 12 and Raigan Playter with nine.
The Lady Pirates also hit on 21 of 54 shots from the field for 39 percent and 7 of 13 from the foul line for 54 percent.