The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team couldn’t have asked for a better conference opener Wednesday night at home against Versailles.
With the Blair Oaks in town for a big conference game on Thursday, the Lady Pirates let it be known that they are in it for the long haul after dispatching Versailles in a 63 point win 79-16.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 11-2 overall and 1-0 in the TCC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said the teams energy and intensity level was great on defense giving them a lot of points off turnovers. “Offensively I felt we moved the ball well within our inside-outside game, which allowed us many open looks,” Hunziker said. “With Blair Oaks coming on Thursday getting out to a sizeable lead by halftime allowed us to rest players throughout the second half. We had a productive night offensively with balanced scoring by 10 players getting into the scoring column.”
To be exact, the Lady Pirates scored 22 points off 36 Versailles turnovers while committing just 11 for the game.
As for the scoring, sophomore Jodie Bass may have played her best game of the season with a game-high 21 points, 12 of which came in the first quarter. Bass also had a shot at the buzzer to closeout the first quarter to put the Lady Pirates on top 28-4.
Addison Brownfield also scored in double digits for Boonville with 15 points while Jalyn Schnetzler-who hit a shot at the buzzer in the second quarter-finished with 10, Jamie Lemmons eight, Lawren Luscombe seven, Sophi Waibel and Kourtney Kendrick six each and Emma West, Taylor Frederick and Brooke Eichelberger with two points apiece.
Versailles was led by Carrie Hoffa with 14 of the team’s 16 points.
Boonville also shot lights out for the game against Versailles while scoring the game’s first 14 points and then closing out the period with 12 straight.
Brownfield scored seven of the team’s 23 points in the second quarter as the Lady Pirates held a 23-5 advantage to lead at the half 41-9.
If that wasn’t enough, seven different players scored for Boonville in the second quarter. The Lady Pirates also went on runs of seven straight, followed by 10 in a row and then closing out the half with six straight.
Boonville led 51-9 at the half but still had to wait a full quarter for the running clock to go into effect.
Of course the second half was a carbon copy of the first as the Lady Pirates had their best quarter of the ballgame in the third by outscoring Versailles 24-7 to increase the lead to 75-16.
Although the Lady Tigers also had their best quarter in the third with seven points, they were clearly no match for Boonville while giving up nine straight points to start the second half. Boonville also reeled off 11 straight at one time to lead Versailles 72-11 with 2:42 left.
Five different players also scored in the third quarter for Boonville, which featured a pair of threes by sophomore Sophi Waibel and one from Bass. Luscombe also scored on back-to-back possessions with 3:08 left in the third to make it 69-11.
The starters saw little or no playing time in the final period with a 59 point lead. Boonville also had a running clock finally in the final eight minutes, which featured only four points scored-two by Taylor Frederick and a pair of free throws by freshman Emma West.
Despite winning by 63 points, the Lady Pirates struggled at the foul line against Versailles while hitting just 11 of 21 shots for 52 percent.
After Thursday’s game against Blair Oaks, Boonville will play Lutheran North in the Father Tolton Shootout-weather permitting-on Saturday, Jan. 19th starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Pirates will then play two games next week, the first on Thursday at home against Hallsville starting at 6 p.m. The second game will feature Class 2 powerhouse Skyline in town on Saturday, Jan. 26th starting at 2 p.m.
Note: The Boonville girls basketball team will play at Marshall in a re-scheduled game on February 11th. The battle of former NCMC teams will feature two JV games and two varsity games starting at 5 p.m.