Lady Pirates finish the season at 21-4 overall
The Marshall Lady Owls basketball team had all the incentive they needed Monday night in the semifinal round of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament against Boonville.
Having lost to Boonville just two weeks earlier at home by 18 (71-53), the Lady Owls knew it was time to put up or shut up against the Lady Pirates.
As it turned out, No. 4 Marshall took a play out of Boonville’s handbook by attacking the paint and forcing pressure at the point of attack to knock off the tournament’s No. 1 seed 62-53.
The Lady Owls, who improved to 24-2 on the season, will now play No. 3 Osage in the championship Thursday night at Boonville High School starting at 6 p.m. Osage pulled off the second upset of the night by beating No. 2 Helias 45-22.
Boonville closed out the season at 21-4 overall.
“I would have to say turnovers, poor shooting and foul trouble gave us problems tonight,” said Boonville girls basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker. “Marshall got us in foul trouble by driving the ball right into our defense the first half which forced us to have to adjust the defense. We had multiple girls with three fouls at half which again made us back off the press for the third quarter. During that time Marshall was able to get some good looks at the basket and score while we struggled on our end only putting up seven points in third quarter to their 18.
“We dug ourselves a hole but this group of Lady Pirates have a no quit mentality and by continuing to work we battled back within around six but just couldn’t get it any closer. I loved the fight we had in the fourth quarter trying to claw back into it. With season coming to an end tonight we have to say goodbye to four seniors which this team appreciates so much. We have a great core group of girls returning next season which I know will be exciting to watch.”
With a 27 point swing from the first game to Monday’s game, Marshall still trailed Boonville after the first two quarters by a score of 29-27.
But even while leading by two at the break, the Lady Pirates were far from perfect while hitting only 5 of 17 shots from the field in the first quarter and 11 of 28 for the half.
Boonville also failed to stop Marshall senior Kassidy Heying, who scored eight of her team-high 20 points in the first half.
However with five air balls in the opening quarter, the Lady Pirates still managed to lead Marshall 11-8 after one. Meanwhile, after playing to three ties and five lead changes alone in the second quarter, the Lady Owls outscored Boonville 19-18 in the period to cut the lead to two.
Fouls were also a problem for Boonville in the first half as senior Jamie Lemmons came out of the game at the 3:29 mark with her third.
Sophomore Brooke Eichelberger led Boonville with seven points in the first half while coming off the bench.
As for the second half, Boonville matched Marshall with 17 in the fourth but had that ugly third quarter for the second game in a row while being outscored 18-7.
In the game last week in the loss to Osage on the road, the Lady Indians outscored Boonville 17-6. In two games, the Lady Pirates have been outscored 35-13 in the third quarter.
Of course hitting only 2 of 13 shots from the field in the third quarter didn’t help, ,or that Marshall went on a 7-0 run after trailing 33-32 to lead Boonville 39-33 with 4:17 left.
What really hurt, however, was the four straight points to closeout the third quarter to give Marshall a 45-36 lead with just one period remaining.
The Lady Owls didn’t take their foot off the pedal, though. With four straight points to start the final period and then another three to push the lead to 15 at 53-38 with 4:58 left, Marshall seemed like a shoe in to win the game.
But after a 7-0 run by the Lady Pirates to cut the lead to eight, Boonville trimmed the lead even more when sophomore Kourtney Kendrick hit 1 of 2 foul shots and freshman Addison Brownfield buried a three to make it a six point game at 55-49.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they never got any closer as Kendrick wound up fouling out with 2:47 left. Marshall then went on a 7-4 run to closeout the game and advance to the championship against Osage.
Heying led three players in double figures for Marshall with 20 points while Katherine Donnell added 11 and Skylar Walton with 10.
For Boonville, Kendrick had seven to lead all scorers along with three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Brownfield finished the game with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals while Sophi Waibel added eight points and one rebound, Eichelberger with seven points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists, Lemmons also with seven points, five rebounds and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow five points and two steals and two assists, Jodie Bass four points, two assists, one rebound and one steal and Jalyn Schnetzler with two points and two steals.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 34 percent from the field by hitting only 18 of 53 shots and 56 percent from the foul line by converting on 14 of 25 shots.