With chants of 30 ringing the gym after the game Tuesday night against Moberly in NCMC action at the Windsor gymnasium, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had reason to celebrate for several reasons.
The 30 stems from the number of games in a row the Lady Pirates have won in the NCMC. But Tuesday’s 49-41 win over Moberly also gave Boonville it’s fifth straight conference title with one game left to play.
With first place in the conference up for grabs with a win by Moberly and a loss by Boonville, the Lady Pirates left little doubt during the 32 minute contest while leading at the end of each quarter.
The game also marked a night to remember for junior Jamie Lemmons, who eclipsed the 1,000th point mark in her career early in the second quarter.
However after improving to 20-3 on the season and 11-0 in the NCMC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he was more proud of the team for staying focused so they could win the last NCMC title before switching conferences.
“Also, congratulation to Jamie on reaching 1,000 career points, especially by her junior year,” Hunziker said. “One of our “Musts” tonight was to keep two of their three scorers to eight points or below and we did. Even though Flood had 20 we kept Kinder to two and Billington to six. Kate Peterson did an outstanding job tonight by leading us with 17 points but also seven rebounds. She had some nice looks from 15 feet out along with some key drives within our offense. Congratulations again Lady Pirates for winning our fifth straight conference title.”
The Lady Pirates had plenty of reasons for celebrations. But there was also some tense moments such as Moberly rallying back to tie the game at 12-all in the first quarter after reeling off eight straight.
However at the end of the first, Boonville still led Moberly 17-14 in what was a wild and crazy quarter.
The second quarter also favored the home team, with Boonville outscoring Moberly 15-10 to lead at the break by a score of 32-24. But with Peterson picking up her 11th point of the game at the 4:52 mark in the first half, Moberly again cut into the lead with a three point play to make it 24-21.
That is until Boonville came back and reeled off eight straight to extend the lead to 11 at 32-21 with 58 seconds left.
The Lady Pirates matched Moberly point for point in the second half with 17. The Lady Spartans never got any closer than four in the second half while Boonville led by eight (42-34) after three.
The Lady Pirates also led by 11 (47-36) at the 3:09 mark in the fourth before five straight free throws by Moberly cut the lead back to six at 47-41. Then, to closeout the game, senior Brynn Edwards converted on two straight free throws to up the lead back to eight.
Along with scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds, Peterson also finished the game with two steals and two assists.
Lemmons finished the game with nine points and six rebounds while Edwards chipped in eight points, two steals and one rebound, Camryn Monteer seven points, four steals, one rebound and one assist, Jodie Bass six points and one rebound, Jalyn Schnetzler two points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists and Hana Cook with three rebounds.
For Moberly, Sydney Flood had 20 points and Makayla Payne with seven.
Boonville also won the JV game 45-24.
The Lady Pirates, 8-8 overall and 7-2 in the NCMC, opened the first half with a 21-9 lead against Moberly and then outscored the Spartans 24-15 in the second half.
Taylor Frederick had a season-high 18 points for Boonville. Sophi Waibel tallied 12, Sarah Miller eight, Daylynn Baker four and Brooke Eichelberger with three.
For Moberly, Sydni Marti had nine and Verne Holt with six.