Improve to 9-2 overall
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team may have had its best start yet while scoring 47 first half points en route to a 69-36 win Thursday night on the road against the Clinton Cardinals.
After a sluggish performance by Boonville’s standards last weekend against Macon, head coach Jaryt Hunziker was hoping for a better start against Clinton.
As it turned out, the Lady Pirates more than passed Hunziker’s standard for their ninth victory in 11 games at 9-2.
“Great energy tonight from start to finish,” Hunziker said. “I felt after looking sluggish against Macon on Saturday we responded tonight with a complete game from all. We had great production from the bench that really got us going, including 12 points from Sophi Waibel. Anytime you can bring in your reserves and they can continue to score points and get stops defensively, you are going to have a good night overall.”
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field or that four players scored in double figures. Leading 23-11 after the first eight minutes was also a step in the right direction.
But it got better for the Lady Pirates and even more difficult for Clinton as Boonville bettered its scoring in the second quarter with a 24-6 advantage to lead at the half 47-19. The second half was no different than the first as Boonville outscored Clinton 16-10 to extend the lead to 63-29. Meanwhile, with a 34 point lead going into the final period, Hunziker let the reserves finish out the game with Clinton holding a 7-6 advantage.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, Jamie Lemmons had 18 points, four rebounds and three steals to lead the way. Sophi Waibel finished the game with 12 points off the bench along with one rebound, one steal and one assist. Addison Brownfield tallied 11 points, five assists, four steals and two rebounds while Kourtney Kendrick added 11 points, six steals, four rebounds and one assist, Jodie Bass five points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow four points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist, Jalyn Schnetzler two points, four steals, one rebound and one assist, Madison Lenz two points and one assist, Brooke Eichelberger two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist and Emma West with two points.
Despite the 33 point win over Clinton, the Lady Pirates also have a few things to work on between now and Tuesday such as free throw shooting and three point shooting. Boonville hit on 3 of 14 shots from the arc for 21 percent while converting on 6 of 13 shots from the foul line for 46 percent.
For Clinton, Mills had 16 points and Allard nine.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Clinton 47-21.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 5-1 on the season, opened the first half with a 21-5 lead against Clinton and then outscored the Cardinals 26-16 in the final two periods for the victory.
“It was a rought start to their first game back in a few weeks, but we started playing our game once we settled in,” said Boonville JV coach Paul Moore. “It took us a bit to get our legs back under us and get our shot back, which took us the first quarter to do. However, we made a nice run at the beginning of the second quarter and pushed the tempo a little bit more in our favor. Clinton did a very nice job of staying disciplined in their zone defense, so we had to find different ways of attacking on offense and creating shots. Our guards did a great job of pushing in transition and attacking the rim, and our posts took advantage of their length to get some good looks inside. Our goal for the night was to simply get our legs back after the break and to work on offensive efficiency, and I feel like we did just that. We will continue building on those things for our two away games next week.”
Emma West had the game high for Boonville with 15 points. Faith Mesik chipped in 13, Peyton Luscombe eight, Kyleigh Thacker four, Taylor Frederick three and Grace Dennis and Jordan Brackman each with two points.
For Clinton, Frankenberry had nine, Palmer six and Bigler three.