Jamie Lemmons led three players in double figures with 15 points as the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team defeated Macon 45-28 in the Peak Sport & Spine MRMC Holiday Shootout at Moberly Area Community College on Saturday, Dec. 29.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 8-2 on the season, outscored Macon in three out of the four quarters of play and matched the Tigers with 13 in the opening period after getting off to a slow start.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Jaryt Hunziker said as a team the girls were just excited to get back to playing since its been a little over two weeks since their last game.
“With that said, we were definitely rusty, especially offensively,” Hunziker said. “Macon did a good job of playing off their man and not allowing us to attack off the dribble, which is a strength for us. We never got anything going from the perimeter but eventually got some high percentage looks inside through Lemmons. Besides the first quarter we were pleased with our defensive effort, especially only giving up 15 points the final three quarters combined.”
LADY PIRATES SHOW RUST DESPITE LEADING BY EIGHT AT THE HALF
The Lady Pirates led by eight at the half against Macon but could have easily led by more if not for cold shooting from the outside.
While leading Macon 25-17 at the break, Boonville hit just 6 of 16 shots from the field in the first quarter and 5 of 12 in the second period. The Lady Pirates also finished the first half with seven turnovers, which isn’t bad considering that Macon had 14 at the break.
Boonville’s biggest lead at the half just so happened to come on the final basket as sophomore Jodie Bass scored her sixth point of the game with one minute left to make it 25-17.
Macon, meanwhile, never led in the first half but did go on a 7-0 run in the final two minutes and 9 seconds in the first quarter to tie the game at 13-all.
The Lady Tigers were never really a threat after that as Boonville opened the second quarter with back to back baskets by Kourtney Kendrick and Addison Brownfield to make it 17-13.
The Lady Pirates also outscored out the period with a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to eight.
LEMMONS DOMINATES THE PAINT IN THE SECOND HALF WITH NINE OF THE TEAMS 20 POINTS
The Lady Pirates worked the ball inside more in the second half, which led to Lemmons scoring nine of the teams 20 points.
Boonville also outscored Macon in both quarters by holding a 11-6 advantage in the third quarter to extend the lead to 36-23.
The Lady Pirates also reeled off eight straight points in the third quarter to lead at one time 33-19 with 4:25 left. Then, to closeout the period, Brownfield hit only the second three pointer in the game for Boonville to push the lead to 13.
The fourth quarter was pretty much like the first three as Boonville dominated Macon. The only difference is that the Lady Pirates failed to reach double digits in scoring for the first time but still managed to outscore Macon 9-5 to win by 17.
In addition to scoring 15 points, Lemmons also had nine rebounds and one steal.
Brownfield finished the game with 13 points, four steals and three rebounds while Jodie Bass added 10 points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Kourtney Kendrick with four points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals and Kennedy Renfrow with three points and one rebound. Brooke Eichelberger contributed three rebounds and two steals while Jalyn Schnetzler added two steals, two assists and one rebound and Sophi Waibel with two assists and one steal.
The Lady Pirates also hit on 19 of 47 shots from the field for 40 percent and 5 of 7 from the foul line for 71 percent.
For Macon, Miller and Wyatt each had seven points.