The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team continued its trend of winning by 20 points or more in the Tri-County Conference by throttling the Hallsville Lady Indians 61-33 Thursday night at the Windsor gymnasium.
The Lady Pirates improved to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the TCC.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said for the last handful of games the girls are really doing a great job of applying pressure in many ways which causes our opponents to get out of their comfort zone and make mistakes. “I really like where we are at defensively, especially with our constant effort,” Hunziker said. “Offensively we did a great job of sharing the ball and finding Jamie on our drives when her defender would help. Our transition game has greatly improved, especially when it comes to a quick outlet pass off a rebound.”
With a running clock in two of their last three games, Boonville showed few if any signs of letting off the gas against Hallsville while leading 41-17 at the break.
The 41 points at the break would have also been enough to beat the Lady Indians, who finished with only 33 for the game.
Nonetheless, Boonville did what they had to do in the game against Hallsville while jumping out to a quick start with a 8-2 lead in the first two minutes. The Lady Pirates also closed out the first quarter with 13 unanswered points to lead Hallsville 23-8.
But that was just the first eight minutes. Defensively the Lady Pirates forced six turnovers in the opening period and hit about every shot they threw up by connecting on 11 of 16 attempts for a staggering 69 percent.
Six different players also left their mark in the first quarter for Boonville.
The second quarter was a little slower than the first as Boonville managed just 18 points compared to Hallsville’s nine.
The Lady Pirates reeled off 10 straight points during a four minute stretch in the second to extend the lead to 35-10 with 2:54 left.
Of course Boonville wasn’t bad on the boards either while crashing the glass for 11 rebounds compared to just five for Hallsville.
Add it up and it’s no wonder Boonville led Hallsville by 24 at the half.
While applying pressure at every opportunity in the first two quarters, the Lady Pirates came out with pretty much the same kind of pressure in the third quarter by holding Hallsville to a total of seven points on two field goals and three free throws.
Boonville opened up the third quarter with five straight points to go up by 29 at 46-17 and then made it a 30 point game at the 3:42 mark after a basket by freshman Addison Brownfield. Then, to closeout the final two minutes in the third, the Lady Pirates reeled off another six straight on back to back baskets by Jamie Lemmons and two from Jodie Bass to push the lead to 33 at 57-24.
With a running clock in place in the final period, Hallsville took advantage of Boonville’s starters on the bench by outscoring the Lady Pirates 9-4 to cut the lead back to 28.
Lemmons finished the game with 24 points and 12 rebounds along with two steals and one assist for Boonville. Brownfield tallied 14 points and four assists while Bass had seven points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Kourtney Kendrick six points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals, Jalyn Schnetzler four points and three rebounds, Brooke Eichelberger three points, three rebounds and one steal, Sophi Waibel two points, three rebounds and one steal, Kennedy Renfrow one point, three rebounds and one assist, Emma West two rebounds, Madison Lenz one rebound and Lawren Luscombe with one assist.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 56 from the field but were just 40 percent from the foul line.
Avery Oetting led all scorers for Hallsville with nine points while Emily Leer chipped in eight.
In the JV game, Hallsville defeated Boonville 38-36.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the TCC, trailed Hallsville 17-11 at the half before rallying back with a 11-6 advantage in the third quarter to cut the lead to one at 23-22. Meanwhile, in the final period, Hallsville outscored Boonville 15-14 but not without rallying in the final 10 seconds to secure the victory.
“We didn’t have a strong night shooting the basketball, and that’s what hurt us most in the end,” said JV coach Paul Moore. “Hallsville did a nice job of pressuring us defensively and forcing us out of our comfort zone, so we felt rushed in every shot we took and never quite got into a rhythm.  The girls did a great job of making a strong run in the second half where we started to push the tempo a little more in our favor.  We even had a chance to tie the game in the last few seconds. However, turnovers continue to haunt us and if we have nights where we don’t shoot very well, then turnovers will hurt even worse like it did tonight.  We hope to continue fixing our mistakes in an effort to get ready for a tough game against a good Skyline team on Saturday.”   
Emma West had 13 points to lead all scorers for Boonville. Taylor Frederick chipped in eight while Faith Mesik added seven, Jordan Brackman four and Payton Luscombe and Grace Dennis each with two.
For Hallsville, Chloe Quintana and Shelby Robb each had seven points while Emma Littrell tossed in six.