Lady Pirates improve to 10-1 on the season

Winning nine in a row is no easy task unless you’re the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team.
In a physical game on the road Thursday night against the Clinton Cardinals, the Lady Pirates picked up their 10th win of the season in 11 games with a convincing 58-35 victory.
Boonville head coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls had to fight through some adversity but kept their composure in a very physical game against Clinton.
“Defensively, we played well in stretches, especially in the first and fourth quarters with the help of some outside shooting during that time,” Hunziker said. “During the middle two quarters we seemed to just trade baskets with them never being able to extend the lead to a comfortable margin.”
Boonville never trailed in the game against Clinton and led 19-8 after first period’s end and 36-21 at the half.
Hunziker also praised the play of sophomore guard Addison Brownfield, who had all 20 of her points in the first half. Brownfield finished the game 8 of 11 from the field for 73 percent and 4 of 5 from the three-point arc for 80 percent.
“Addi came out on fire in the first half by scoring all of her 20 points during that time, including four three-point field goals,” Hunziker said. “Since our only loss at the beginning of December, we have really came together on both ends of the floor. I have been pleased to watch this team grow defensively and seeing them have that mindset of taking pride in keeping our opponents scoring opportunities low. When you have that along with the capability to score from multiple players, you have to be excited with what you have as a team.”
Of course it helps when you have a 15 point lead at the break. However, after being outscored by Clinton 10-9 in the third period, Boonville came back and picked it up again on the offensive end in the final period with a 13-4 advantage to win by 23.
Jodie Bass finished the game with 12 points along with five steals, one assist and one rebound. Kennedy Renfrow chipped in eight points, six rebounds and three steals while Kourtney Kendrick added six points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist, Sophi Waibel six points, five steals, one assist and one rebound, Emma West four points, four rebounds and one assist, Brooke Eichelberger two points, three rebounds and three assists and Faith Mesik with one rebound.
For Clinton, Mills had 12 while Allard and Kiely added 10 points apiece.
In the JV game, Clinton defeated Boonville 49-27.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 2-2 on the season, trailed Clinton 21-17 at the half and 35-23 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Cardinals outscored Boonville 14-4.
Boonville JV coach Paul Moore said the girls didn’t come out with the right intensity and energy that they needed, and that caused the team to struggle in almost every aspect of the game.  
“Offensively, we had too many unforced turnovers and couldn’t get into a comfortable rhythm to get the high percentage shots that we wanted,” Moore said. “Defensively, we had issues stopping the ball and getting traps, which caused a lack of steals and deflections that help set up our transition game. It felt like a game where no matter what adjustments we made, we just couldn’t get the momentum to shift our way.  The girls fought as hard as they could to get things going the right way, but for whatever reason it just wouldn’t happen.  We will look to get things corrected and bring more energy next week against Smith-Cotton on Tuesday.”   
Hannah Campbell and Riley Heerdink each had 12 points in the game for Clinton.
For Boonville, Abby Fuemmeler had 10, Zoey Lang eight, Kyleigh Thacker five and Madison Smith and Payton Luscombe each with two.