The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team won its fifth straight game by turning back the Moberly Spartans 57-26 Thursday night in Moberly.
The Lady Pirates, 6-1 on the season, never trailed in the game against Moberly and led 19-6 after one, 30-11 at the half and 40-23 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville held a 17-3 advantage to win the game by 31.
Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker said he was very impressed and pleased with the defense. “Besides the third quarter we held Moberly to totals of six, five and three points in the others,” Hunziker said. “We struggled with our perimeter shots tonight but did a great job finishing inside and creating offense through our defense. We know there will be times when shots just don’t fall so we emphasize the importance of being consistent defensively every night. Addi (Brownfield) had the hot hand the first half contributing 12 of her 17 points while Kourtney (Kendrick) settled in during the second half with 9 of her 12. Jodie Bass also helped lead the team with double digits with 11.”
In addition to leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 6 of 14 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the foul line, Brownfield also finished the game with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Kendrick tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal while Bass added 11 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, Brooke Eichelberger eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal, Sophi Waibel seven points, three rebounds and two steals, Kennedy Renfrow two points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist, Emma West three steals, one rebound and one assist and Daylynn Baker with one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game, shooting 37 percent from the field, 21 percent from the three-point arc and 87 percent from the foul line.
For Moberly, Billington was the only player in double figures with 12 points. Oliver chipped in nine.
In the JV game, Moberly defeated Boonville 43-36.
The Lady Pirates, 1-1 on the season, trailed Moberly 26-12 at the half before rallying back with a 17-7 advantage in the third quarter to cut the lead to four at 33-29. Meanwhile, in the final period, Moberly outscored Boonville 10-7.
“With not having played a game in over three weeks, we came out a little rusty and got down early,” said JV coach Paul Moore. “We weren’t really confident in our offensive abilities, and it showed a bit in our shot selection and efficiency.  However, the girls did a great job of making adjustments in the second half and fighting their way back in the game.  We picked up the defensive pressure a bit and started to attack the rim offensively instead of settling for long shots, which allowed us to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.  If we would have just eliminated some of the turnovers and kept some of the possessions in the last few minutes, then we would have given ourselves a chance to win.  I’m proud of the way the girls showed some resiliency in getting themselves back into the game, and we will continue to get better and fix those little mistakes as we prepare for our next game after the new year.”
Alaina Link had 15 and Lauren Powell 12 to lead Moberly.
For Boonville, Molly Schuster had 13, Kyleigh Thacker seven, Josie Widel five, Abby Fuemmeler and Zoey Lang four each and Abby Pulliam with three.