The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team knew the third time playing the California Pintos on their home floor could also be the toughest Saturday.
With a five point win in the first game and a 15 point victory in the second, the Lady Pirates also had to contend not playing for almost a full week due to the weather.
As it turned out, the Lady Pirates were more than up for the challenge by beating the Pintos 79-58 to improve to 19-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference.
“Today’s game was fun to coach and watch as it was back and forth for the first few quarters,” said Boonville Lady Pirates coach Jaryt Hunziker. “A week ago when we played California we had only four girls that scored. Today we had eight girls get in the scoring column with great production from our bench with Sophi Waibel 13, Kennedy Renfrow 6 and Brooke Eichelberger, who only had one point but did a great job defensively. We did a great job of contesting California’s three point attempts only allowing them to make six which is less than normal for California. Offensively we shared the ball well leading to many open looks, including 11 makes from behind the arc including five from Brownfield, three from Waibel, two from Schnetzler and one from Renfrow. They always say it is hard to beat a team 3three times but we showed it can be done even against a very good state ranked team in California.”
The Lady Pirates definitely came out red hot in the first quarter by outscoring California 22-14. And even though the Pintos held a 21-19 advantage in the second quarter, Boonville still led 41-35 at the break. Of course it was pretty much all Boonville after that as the Lady Pirates outscored California 22-14 in the third to extend the lead to 63-49. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, Boonville held a 16-9 scoring edge to win the game by 21.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, Addison Brownfield led four players in double figures with 21 points along with eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Jamie Lemmons finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists while Sophi Waibel added 13 points, four assists and two rebounds, Jalyn Schnetzler 12 points, two rebounds and one assist, Kourtney Kendrick nine points, eight rebounds and four assists, Kennedy Renfrow six points, four rebounds and one assist, Jodie Bass two points, three assists, two steals and one rebound and Brooke Eichelberger one point and two rebounds.
The Lady Pirates also a good shooting game against California by hitting 25 of 50 shots from the field for 50 percent and 18 of 25 from the foul line for 72 percent.
California was led by Gracie George with 19 points, Tristan Porter with 11 and Schanzmeyer with 10.
In the JV game, California defeated Boonville 69-39.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the Tri-County Conference, trailed California 38-13 at the half and 53-25 after three quarters of play. The Lady Pintos also held a 16-14 advantage in the final period to win the game by 30.
“All credit goes out to a very talented and aggressive California team,” said JV coach Paul Moore. “They got off to a great start by putting the pressure on us, forcing turnovers, and shooting the ball with high efficiency.  We kind of dug ourselves a hole at the very beginning, and it’s one that we really just couldn’t get ourselves out of.  I was very proud of the way the girls battled in the second half and kept each quarter close, but unfortunately it was too late at that point.  We simply had too many forced and unforced turnovers, which will keep any team from building momentum and going on runs.  Turnovers are something that we’ve struggled with all year, but we hope to improve on during these last two weeks of the season.”  
Hill had 24 and Porter 11 to lead all scorers for California.
For Boonville, Emma West had 14, Taylor Frederick 12, Faith Mesik 10 and Daylynn Baker with three.