Containing Battle’s Ke’shai Hayes was the first task for the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team Saturday at Southwell Complex on the campus Columbia College.
With no player taller than 5-11 for the Lady Pirates, head coach Jaryt Hunziker knew it would be a challenge inside for Boonville.
As it turned out, Hayes still scored 22 points to lead all scorers for the Lady Spartans. However, Boonville had four players in double figures and led from start to finish for a convincing 81-30 victory.
Boonville improved to 8-1 on the season.
Hunziker said he stressed before the game about coming out with energy early since it was such an early game, getting back to shooting more consistently behind the arc and getting deflections and steals by being disruptive constantly on defense.
“I couldn’t have been happier since I felt we did those 3 things from the start,” Hunziker said. “We went 7-15 behind the arc, scored 24 points in the first quarter and forced 24 steals throughout with many coming early. Containing Ke’shai Hayes, their tallest post player, was another factor we discussed before the game, which gave us some trouble early. We adjusted how we would defend her inside to make it tougher on her to score. The girls shared the ball well and looked ahead in transition to get some quick scores, which helped lengthen the lead.”
The lead was never in doubt as Boonville outscored Battle in all four quarters. As for the energy, the Lady Pirates had plenty for 32 minutes as Hunziker used every player off the bench with eight players scoring at least two points.
Addison Brownfield led the way for Boonville with 22 points along with five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Jodie Bass also turned in another good game with 18 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds while Sophi Waibel added 14 points, three rebounds and three steals and Kourtney Kendrick with 10 points, six assists, three steals and two rebounds. Kennedy Renfrow came off the bench to pour in seven points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist while Faith Mesik chipped in five points and four steals, Emma West three points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Brooke Eichelberger two points, four rebounds and one steal and Daylynn Baker with two rebounds, one steal and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also had another productive game shooting the ball, going 33 of 72 from the field for 46 percent and 8 of 10 from the foul line for 80 percent.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville jumped out to a 24-7 first quarter lead, which include a 15-0 run during a three minute stretch.
The Lady Pirates also outscored Battle 18-12 in the second period despite an 0-5 start from the field.
As for Hayes, the junior center scored 13 of the teams 19 points in the first half.
The second half was no different than the first as Boonville came out on fire by scoring 19 straight points to open to lead 61-19.
The Lady Pirates also had their best quarter of the ballgame in the third period with 32 points to lead Battle 74-26.
With a running clock to start the fourth quarter, Boonville still continued to outscore Battle 7-4 with most of its starters on the bench.
After Monday’s game against Mexico, Boonville will travel to Clinton for a non-conference game on Thursday, Jan. 9. Tip-off for the game is 6 p.m.