It didn’t come as a surprise that Saturday’s game between the Boonville Lady Pirates and Skyline Tigers would come down to the final seconds.
After all what you were seeing Saturday at the Windsor gymnasium was two state ranked teams, albeit one in Class 4 and one in Class 2.
Nonetheless, the Lady Pirates won this round 57-48 after watching Skyline win at home last year. As of the latest Missouri High School Basketball Association polls, Boonville and Skyline were both ranked No. 7 in their respective classes.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 14-2 overall, which now includes nine straight wins since the loss to Salisbury in the championship in the Centralia Tournament back on December 7th.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said great program and great win against a traditional powerhouse in Skyline.
“Going into the game we knew we wanted to get the ball inside with Lemmons but before game time the decision was made to rest her due to soreness in her knee,” Hunziker said. “Even though that is a big loss we had confidence in what we could still do. We saw that confidence in the second half when we got down 10 points but continued to fight possession by possession. Kourtney Kendrick took advantage of a defensive mismatch by going inside where she could get some high percentage touches and looks. The defense really stepped it up today by keeping them to 48 points and down the stretch taking senior Autumn Garrett out of their offense by going box and one on her limiting her touches. Jodie Bass did a great job of focusing on her. Jalyn Schnetzler had a great first half by knocking down some key threes and continued to play great defense as she always does. Kourtney was a huge factor, especially with rebounding and being our go to person down the stretch knocking down 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter. It was a great team win today that we can use as momentum going into the Southern Boone Tournament this week.”
Although Skyline led at the end of each quarter going into the fourth, the Lady Pirates were always within striking distance down by just one at  14-13 after the first eight minutes, 26-24 at the half and 40-33 after three.
Boonville and Skyline also had three ties and seven lead changes in the game. The Lady Pirates held their biggest lead of the game after two free throws to end the game to make it 57-48. Skyline, meanwhile, led by 11 at 40-29 with 1:24 left in the third quarter.
Like two heavyweight fighters trading blows, Skyline appeared to win the first half while forcing 10 turnovers and reeling off 11 straight at one point in the first quarter.
Boonville had its moments, though. The Lady Pirates opened the game with seven straight points and then showed grit in the second quarter after Skyline reeled off seven in a row by tying the game at 21-all after a three by freshman Addison Brownfield.
As for the third quarter, Skyline was close to putting the game away after reeling off nine straight-all on threes by Garrett-to extend the lead to 10 at 37-27. Luckily for Boonville, they had Kendrick with the hot hand late with back to back baskets to close out the period to cut the lead to seven at 40-33.
Then, in the fourth, the Lady Pirates got hot at the right time and tied the game at 45-all with 5:21 left after a basket by Jodie Bass. Kendrick took over after that by scoring eight of the teams next 12 points.
But even then the game was still in question as Skyline took a 48-46 lead with 4:41. However, over the next three minutes and 50 seconds, Boonville outscored Skyline 11-0 for the victory.
Kendrick finished the game with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Addison Brownfield contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal despite being in foul trouble while Jodie Bass added 10 points, two rebounds and two steals, Jalyn Schnetzler six points, four steals and one rebound, Brooke Eichelberger six points, four rebounds and two assists, Kennedy Renfrow four points and two rebounds and Sophi Waibel with two rebounds.
Garrett had 24 points to lead all scorers for Skyline.
In the JV game, Skyline defeated Boonville 41-33.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 6-5 overall, trailed Skyline 25-21 at the half and 31-24 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Skyline outscored Boonville 10-9.
Boonville JV coach Paul Moore said overall the girls came out and shot the ball a lot better than they did the other night and the defense was very aggressive in getting deflections and steals. “Skyline did a great job of pressuring us in man defense and forcing us to make decisions quickly, but I thought our girls handled it well and were able to create a good amount of open looks,” Moore said.
Taylor Frederick had 11 points to lead Boonville while Faith Mesik chipped in 10, Daylynn Baker eight and Kyleigh Thacker and Payton Luscombe each with two.