The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team was far from perfect against Macon in the MACC Holiday Shootout Friday in Moberly.
After beating the Tigerettes by 23 points just three weeks earlier in the championship game in the Centralia Tournament, the Lady Pirates had to win what head coach Jaryt Hunziker called an “ugly” game this time 44-41.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 7-1 on the season.
“It wasn’t one of our best efforts tonight but we found a way to win an ugly game when we could have easily lost it,” Hunziker said. “We knew Macon wasn’t going to play us poorly twice in a row so we were mentally prepared for a tougher game tonight. Offensively it was hard to watch since nothing seemed to go down-just a poor shooting night from start to finish.  
“The bright spot was our defense at times getting many stops or making it hard for them to get quality shots. Another positive takeaway was that we did get the win against a good Macon squad for everything not going our way throughout and most teams will have those types of games throughout the season. We learned with the Southern Boone loss to stay mentally strong and we did tonight during tough stretches. The girls were very encouraging and when Macon went on some runs we would counter with a great possession of our own.  Kourtney and Sophi really stepped up offensively for us in the second half  with both ending in double digits.”
Despite shooting just 30 percent from the field and 17 percent from the three-point arc, the Lady Pirates still found a way to win.
Of course Hunziker probably had his doubts early on as Macon led Boonville 11-4 after first period’s end. And then to compound the poor shooting, the Lady Pirates had two of their best players on the bench with two fouls. Addison Brownfield picked up her second foul at the 4:51 mark in the first quarter while Kourtney Kendrick received her second foul with 2:27 left.
Boonville also started the game 0 for 10 from the field but was able to keep the game close thanks to the hot shooting of junior Jodie Bass, who had all four points in the first quarter and seven to start the game for the Lady Pirates.
Of course the second period was a different story as Boonville outscored Macon 13-6 to lead by four at the half at 21-17. The Lady Pirates also reeled off nine straight during a three minute stretch to take their first lead of the game at 14-13.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they had another low scoring third quarter as Macon came out and held a 9-7 advantage to cut the lead to two at 28-26.
However a 6-2 run to start the fourth quarter would give Boonville all the cushion they would need down the stretch. While trailing by six on three different occasions in the fourth, Macon began to find its second wind late by cutting the lead to two on its only three of the game at 39-37. The Tigerettes also had the lead down to on two occasions at 40-39 and 42-41. But after fouling Brownfield with 7.5 seconds left, the sophomore standout hit two crucial free throws to extend the lead to three at 44-41. Macon still had a chance to tie the game with a three but wound up turning the ball over in the final seconds.
Kendrick led all scorers for Boonville with 17 points along with five rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Sophi Waibel finished the game with 11 points, two steals, one rebound and one blocked shot while Brownfield added eight points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, Bass seven points, two steals, one rebound and one blocked shot, Kennedy Renfrow one point, five rebounds, four assists and one steal and Brooke Eichelberger with six rebounds, one steal and one assist.
For Macon, Kate Hawkins had 12, Lexi Miller 10 and Katie Richardson with nine.