Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker loves nothing more than for his team to thrive on turnovers and defense.
But little did he know that his team would do a little of both Tuesday night while beating an old NCMC rival in the Fulton Hornets by 48 points, 73-25.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 6-2 overall, Hunziker said the girls came out slower than that he had hoped for with lots of reaching and being out of position on defense.
“Offensively we weren’t finishing around the rim and the offense looked stagnant at times,” Hunziker said. “The second half we had a lot better effort on both ends and started to move the ball and got easier opportunities by pushing the ball and getting steals. I appreciated the turnout to come watch all the teams tonight and hope we get the same on Thursday against a very good Moberly team.”
GOOD START FOR LADY PIRATES IN FIRST HALF
You could almost say this game was over at the end of the first quarter as the Lady Pirates led 20-4 over Fulton.
But it got worse before it got better for Fulton in the second quarter as Boonville came out and reeled off eight unanswered points on baskets by Sophi Waibel, Kourtney Kendrick and Addison Brownfield to extend the lead to 24 at 28-4.
Boonville also outscored Fulton 12-5 in the second while forcing 11 turnovers. But more importantly, the Lady Pirates also shot the ball well from the field by hitting 6 of 13 shots for 46 percent.
LEMMONS SPARKS BOONVILLE WITH BIG THIRD QUARTER
Boonville senior Jamie Lemmons scored 10 of her 11 points in the third quarter to break the game wide open for the Lady Pirates.
Although Fulton also had its best quarter of the ballgame with 12 points, the Lady Pirates were never in jeopardy of losing the lead or the game for that matter by outscoring the Hornets 33-12 to go up by 44 at 65-21.
The 33 points in one quarter was also the best scoring in one period by the Lady Pirates this season.
Needless to say the game ballooned out of control at the 4:09 mark when Boonville reeled off 12 straight points to extend the lead to 51-15. And even though Fulton finally hit the 20 point mark on a basket to end the third quarter, Boonville still had enough points for a running clock in the fourth.
Of course with most or all of the starting players on the bench to start the fourth, the bench players came out and outscored Fulton 9-4 to push the lead to 48.
Addison Brownfield led three players in double figures for Boonville with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting from the field and 3 of 5 shooting from the three-point arc. Brownfield also had three rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Jodie Bass finished the game with 15 points along with five rebounds, five steals and three assists while Jamie Lemmons had 11 points, 10 rebounds and one steal. Kourtney Kendrick added seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and two assists while Sophi Waibel had seven points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Madison Lenz seven points, three steals and one rebound, Kennedy Renfrow four points and two rebounds and Emma West with two points, two rebounds and one assist.
Boonville finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field but was just 29 percent from the foul line.
For Fulton, Gaines had 14 points and Fischer with six.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Fulton 48-8.
The Lady Pirates JV, 3-1 on the season, opened the first half with a 34-4 lead against Fulton and then outscored the Hornets 14-4 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Paul Moore said the girls did a nice job of building on their momentum and starting the game with high energy defensively while pushing the tempo offensively.  “It was great to get Taylor back from injury and work her back into the rotation, which will help our depth at the guard position,” Moore said.  “With fresh legs, we are able to run the floor more and get easy transition looks.  I thought our posts did well with limiting Fulton shot attempts and getting rebounds, and our guards took advantage of that by getting into passing lanes for deflections and steals.  Offensively, we are starting to look more organized and that is leading to better looks and more efficiency. We look to build on this and get ready for a big game against Moberly, which will be a rematch of the Southern Boone Tournament from this past weekend.”
 Emma West had 20 points to lead all scorers for Boonville while Faith Mesik chipped in nine, Taylor Frederick eight, Payton Luscombe six, Grace Dennis and Jordan Brackman each with two and Kyleigh Thacker with one.
For Fulton, Kyela Macon had four points.