They say that there is nothing better than avenging a loss.
Just ask the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team after beating the Blair Oaks Falcons Thursday night in Tri-County Conference action at the Windsor gymnasium 47-27.
While losing to the Lady Falcons 62-58 in the semifinal round of the conference tournament back on November 28th, Boonville left little doubt this time around while trailing only once in the ballgame at 2-0 at the 7:36 mark in the first quarter.
But more importantly the win over Blair Oaks also improved Boonville’s record to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Lady Pirates have now won seven straight with their last loss coming on Friday, Dec. 7th in the championship in the Centralia Tournament against Salisbury.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls played an outstanding defensive game. “When you only allow state-ranked Blair oaks to score 16 first half points and then 11 second half points, you better give the defense a lot of credit,” Hunziker said. “I think switching up defenses throughout the game kept them off-balance at times. Before the game we focused on contesting all shots from the perimeter and making sure our post defense did its job by not allowing their posts good looks inside. Rebounding the ball and not allowing second and third chance points was key tonight. Jamie Lemmons had a great game offensively, especially amongst the height of Blair Oaks scoring 21 points. We did a great job of finding her when she was open. Kourtney Kendrick was solid on both ends but her defensive effort, especially in our press is fun to watch. She has a great ability to read offenses and shoot gaps to get deflections and steals.”
For starters the Lady Pirates kept Blair Oaks’ bigs pretty much in check while holding senior Brooke Boessen to just 10 points and Makenna Kliethermes to five. Claire Heckman, another senior tandem, finished the game with just five points.
Of course Boonville also had just one player in double figures as Lemmons finished the game with 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field and 5 of 7 from the foul line. However the biggest difference is that Lemmons crashed the boards for 14 rebounds while grabbing three steals.
Kourtney Kendrick finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists while Addison Brownfield added seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, Jodie Bass seven points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal, Soph Waibel two points, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot, Brooke Eichelberger two points, one assist and one blocked shot and Jalyn Schnetzler with two assists.
Although the Lady Pirates led Blair Oaks by 10 at the break (26-16), the game also had moments of sloppy play to the tune of 21 total turnovers in the first half (Boonville 11, Blair Oaks 10).
The difference other than the turnovers is that Boonville played with a purpose in the ballgame while reeling off seven straight in the first quarter to go up 7-2.
All five starters also scored in the opening period, led by Kendrick with five. Freshman Addison Brownfield also had the shot of the game with an off balance underhand shot at the 3:14 mark to put the Lady Pirates up 11-4.
Of course there was also a few tense moments in the game. Despite outscoring Blair Oaks 13-7 in the first quarter and 13-9 in the second, the Lady Falcons still managed to keep the game close while cutting the lead to three at 15-12 with 6:08 left in the first half. But for the remainder of the half, Boonville pretty much dominated Blair Oaks by holding a 11-4 advantage to go up 26-16 at intermission.
Lemmons also finished the second quarter with seven of the team’s 13 points. As a team, the Lady Pirates were 10 of 24 from the field in the first half for 42 percent.
Let’s give credit where credit is due. While holding Blair Oaks to single digits in all four quarters, the Lady Pirates continued to outscore the Falcons in the second half to the tune of 21-11.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville reeled off six straight points to start the second half to extend the lead to 32-16 or that the Lady Pirates outscored Blair oaks 12-6 in the third quarter to lead by a score of 38-22.
What was crazy is that Boonville held Blair Oaks to just two field goals in the period.
The fourth quarter was pretty much like the first three, with the Lady Pirates holding the advantage by outscoring Blair oaks 9-5.
Boonville also held its biggest lead of the ballgame at the 2:27 mark in the final period when Lemmons completed a three point play to make it 45-25.
For the game, Boonville hit on 17 of 45 shots from the field for 38 percent and 12 of 16 from the foul line for 75 percent.
In the JV game, Blair Oaks defeated Boonville 46-33.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the TCC, trailed Blair Oaks 11-9 after one, 27-18 at the half and 35-27 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Blair Oaks outscored Boonville 11-6.
“All credit goes to a very talented Blair Oaks team,” said Boonville JV coach Paul Moore.  “They did a great job of pressuring us from the start, and we struggled to take care of the basketball.  Defensively, I thought we did a great job of getting stops when we needed to, but then we would turn the ball over in bad spots that allowed for Blair Oaks to get easy transition looks.  We were very efficient offensively when we got the ball across half court.  We did a nice job of attacking the basket and looking for our posts inside.  Our guards also did a nice job of getting to the rim and drawing fouls while also hitting some big threes.  The biggest part of tonight that hurt us was the turnovers.  We had a ton of trouble handling the full-court press that Blair Oaks put on us. We didn’t give ourselves enough good possessions to keep us in the game at the end.  We will make that a primary focus as we prepare for our next game in one week.”  
Alyssa Horgus had 14 and Mallorie Fick 13 to lead Blair Oaks.
For Boonville, Taylor Frederick poured in a team high 11 points. Faith Mesik chipped in nine while Daylynn Baker added five, Payton Luscombe four and Emma West and Grace Dennis each with two.