One point. That’s all that separated the Boonville Pirates JV basketball team Monday night against the Fulton Hornets.
In a game which featured 11 ties and 14 lead changes, the Hornets withstood a 8-0 run by the Pirates in the final period with a 10-0 run of their own for a 47-46 victory.
Boonville Pirates JV coach Brock Hill said the boys really played hard and battled in this game.
“I saw some things I really liked tonight,” Hill said. “When we went to our press in the second half we executed it better than we have all year. We forced a few turnovers out of it and when we didn’t get a turnover we didn’t let them get anything easy. Our half-court defense was good for the most part as well. On the other hand we turned the ball over way too much and committed a lot of fouls. One of the main things we wanted to focus on was not giving Fulton second chance buckets. We talked about having a “one shot” mentality but did not execute that well. We just have to put it all together and figure out how to finish games. We certainly had our chances. Fulton just played better and executed down the stretch. Now we turn our focus to Centralia on Thursday.”
The Pirates definitely had enough players contribute in the game scoring-wise with eight. Luke Green led the way with 12 points while Kayle Rice chipped in 10, Axton Nease eight, Aidan Lemmons six, Brock Nowlin and Gage Sprigg three each and Andrew Wiser and Saylor Marquez with two points each.
For Fulton, Seth Saylor had 18 points and Cameron Bennett 12.
Hill also had to be pleased with the way his team battled for 28 minutes. But like most JV games, the score can also change in a matter of seconds, which is exactly how this game played out.
In a back and forth first half, the Hornets led 13-12 at the end of one only to have Boonville rally back with a 9-8 advantage in the second quarter to tie the game at 21-all.
Fulton’s biggest lead of the half also came in the first-two minutes of the game after reeling off three straight points. As for Boonville, they led by as much as five in the second quarter at 20-15 after reeling off eight straight.
The duo of freshman Luke Green and sophomore Kayle Rice also played a part in a 21-point first half for the Pirates. Green finished the first half with 10 points while Rice tossed in six.
As for the second half, Fulton outscored Boonville 15-11 and led by as much as five on two different occasions at 34-29 and 36-31. But even then the Hornets had a hard time pulling away from Boonville as the Pirates somehow kept the game within striking distance down by only four after three at 36-32.
In the fourth quarter, Boonville couldn’t have started any better while reeling off eight straight on baskets by Saylor Marquez, Brock Nowlin, Kayle Rice and Axton Nease to make it 40-36.
The only problem is that right after taking the lead, the Pirates gave the lead right back as Fulton  came back and reeled off 10 straight points to go up 46-40.
Boonville still made it close in the final minute, though. After a three by Nease to cut the lead to three at 46-43, Fulton came back with a free throw by Will Privia-Fryrear to make it 47-43 with 4.6 seconds. Then, with less than a second on the clock, Nease hit another three from long distance to cut the lead to one at 47-46 as time expired.