The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team got off to a great start and never relinquished the lead for a 64-19 win over Hallsville in the opening round of the Tri-County Conference Tournament Tuesday night in Ashland.
The Lady Pirates, 2-0 on the season, outscored Hallsville in all four quarters and led 21-4 after one, 37-10 at the half and 55-15 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Boonville held a 9-4 advantage against Hallsville.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls set the tone early by jumping out to an 21-4 lead.
“This was much improved from last weeks game versus Mexico when we started off slow,” Hunziker said.  “Our defense created a lot of steals and we did a good job of pushing the ball in our transition game for layups. Even though we scored 64 points, we are still waiting for our offense to come alive and consistently knock down uncontested shots. We have struggled greatly from the free throw line our first two games, going 11 of 26 tonight. We know we are not going to be able to win big games shooting poorly from the charity stripe but also from the field in our half-court offense. We were led with three Lady Pirates in double figures. We play the No. 2 seed Blair Oaks team, who has a lot of size and athletes.”
Kourtney Kendrick led the scoring attack for Boonville with 16 points along with 15 rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Addison Brownfield chipped in 15 points along with four steals, three rebounds and three assists while Jodie Bass added 14  points along with seven steals, three rebounds and two assists, Jalyn Schnetzler with six points, two rebounds and two steals, Sophi Waibel also with six points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Jamie Lemmons with three points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Madison Lenz with two points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds, Brooke Eichelberger with two points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists, Lawren Luscombe with three rebounds and Kennedy Renfrow with one steal.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field on 25 of 63 attempts but were only 11 of 24 from the foul line for 46 percent.  
For Hallsville, Avery Oetting had seven, Amanda Rasmussen three and Rachel Hargis, Lana Hicks, Lauren Proctor, Emily Leer each with two and Avery Abell with one.