Improve to 20-2 on the season
Something had to give Monday night between the state-ranked Boonville Lady Pirates and the one loss Marshall Lady Owls.
With a No. 1 seed in the upcoming district tournament all but certain for one of these teams, barring a upset along the way, the Lady Pirates just so happened to be the last team standing at the end while prevailing by a score of 71-53.
In addition to winning their 20th game of the season in 22 games, Boonville also picked up its 15th straight win and is currently undefeated for the 2019 season.
The Salisbury Lady Panthers were the last team to beat Boonville back on December 7th by a score of 67-63.
“We had to battle through some adversity tonight since a lot fouls were called causing many of players to be sent to the bench and putting Marshall in the bonus early,” said Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker. “We could never get going due to this throughout the game. We made a lot of mental errors as well which allowed Marshall to capitalize off of them and get some easy points in transition. I love the way we battled at times, especially in the fourth quarter when Marshall pulled within six but due to some big shots and hitting on 11/15 free throws we pulled away to seal the victory. The atmosphere of the game reminded me of what we will see during districts and I think this game helped prepare us for that week-great competition, tightly officiated with energy from the crowd for both sides.”
Although the Lady Pirates led throughout the game, Marshall stayed fairly closer while trailing 16-9 after one and 34-23 at the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, the Lady Owls made a run at Boonville by outscoring the Lady Pirates 22-17 to make it a four point game at 45-41. However a strong fourth quarter propelled Boonville past Marshall as the Lady Pirates held a 20-8 advantage for the 18 point victory.
As for the scoring in the game, Addison Brownfield had 24 points on 5 of 13 shooting from the field and 13 of 17 from the foul line. Brownfield also had five steals, four assists and three rebounds.
Jodie Bass also hit the 20 point mark on 9 of 15 shooting from the field in addition to a team-high seven steals, four rebounds and three assists. Jamie Lemmons added nine points, 11 rebounds and one steal while Kourtney Kendrick had eight points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow six points and seven rebounds, Brooke Eichelberger two points and five rebounds, Sophi Waibel two points and one rebound and Jalyn Schnetzler with two rebounds.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field by hitting 23 of 57 shots and was 22 of 29 from the foul line for 76 percent.
For Marshall, Heying had 18 and Walton with 13.
In the JV game, Marshall defeated Boonville 28-27.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 7-7 on the season, trailed Marshall 19-14 at the half before rallying back with a 13-9 advantage in the final two periods to cut the lead back to one.
“We had a very strong defensive effort tonight where the girls battled hard to get steals and limit shot attempts,” said Boonville JV coach Paul Moore. “Our struggle was scoring on the offensive end. We had a tough time with our perimeter shooting, and Marshall had some length that prevented us from getting inside looks.
“Credit goes to the zone defense that Marshall put on us, which forced us into rushed decisions and uncomfortable shots. Our defense kept us in it, which was great to see. We made a late run to give ourselves a chance in the final minutes, but we just could not get those last needed points to even up the game. The most encouraging thing about tonight was the effort and intensity was there, even if we couldn’t get shots to fall.”
Weaver had eight points and Schutte seven for Marshall.
For Boonville, Taylor Frederick finished the game with eight, Faith Mesik seven, Emma West six, Jordan Brackman four and Daylynn Baker with two.