As the final month of the regular season shapes up for the Boonville Lady Pirates and Pirates basketball teams, it stands to be a thrilling finish in the Tri-County Conference.
Although the Pirates already have one loss in the TCC against Blair Oaks, they still have four remaining games against Hallsville, California, Southern Boone and School of the Osage.
As for the Lady Pirates basketball team, they still have six games remaining in league play.
Of course if you had to choose which team had the better schedule in conference play for the rest of the season, it would have to be the Boonville girls. At 12-1 overall and 1-0 in the TCC, Boonville will play two of its toughest games at home against California on Feb. 13 and Southern Boone on Feb. 21. The Lady Pirates will also host Osage on Feb. 25.
As for the three games on the road, Boonville will play Blair Oaks on Jan. 28, Hallsville on Jan. 30 and Eldon on Feb. 10.
Of the six games remaining in the  TCC, the games against California and Southern Boone stand as the most intriguing games left. The Lady Pintos finished second in the conference tournament back on Dec. 7th and currently stand at 12-3 overall.
As for Southern Boone, they won the conference tournament by beating the Pintos 55-39. However, in a rematch on Dec. 17, California defeated Southern Boone 49-45. California also beat Southern Boone in the championship in the California Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 18 51-39.
Of course the Lady Eagles, 12-2 on the season, have also had some big wins on the season. Southern Boone knocked off Boonville 65-64 in the semifinal round of the conference tournament after rallying from 12 down in the fourth quarter.
Along with the showdown between Boonville and Southern Boone on Feb. 21, the two teams could also meet up in the championship in the Southern Boone Tournament on Feb. 8th. The Lady Pirates are the No. 1 seed in the tournament while Southern Boone is the 2 seed.
Boonville, Southern Boone, California and Hallsville also have 12 wins currently on the season. However, in an earlier matchup in the Centralia Tournament back on Dec. 11, the Lady Pirates beat Hallsville 62-35.
Of the teams left in the TCC, Blair Oaks is 6-6, Osage 6-7, Eldon 5-8 and Versailles 4-9.
Another game that will have an impact on the seedings for the district tournament will be on Feb. 17 at home against the Marshall Lady Owls. The Lady Owls are currently 8-3 on the season with losses to Kirksville, Odessa and California.
Boonville will also be looking to avenge last year’s loss in the district semis against Marshall. Having beaten the Owls by 18 one week earlier at Marshall, the Lady Pirates fell by nine at home as the No. 1 seed.
As for other teams in the district, Camdenton currently stands at 10-5, Osage 6-7, Helias 5-7 and Capital City at 3-12.
As for the Boonville boys, they stand at 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the Tri-County Conference.
The Pirates have already beaten both Eldon 66-53 and Versailles 82-65 but also have a tough loss at home against Blair Oaks back on Jan. 10 by a score of 58-42.
Along with a makeup game at Hallsville, which is the Pirates only road game left in conference play, Boonville will play California (Feb. 11), Southern Boone (Feb. 21) and Osage (Feb. 24) all at home.
Of these games, the game against Southern Boone will probably determine second place in the TCC. However, the Eagles have already beaten Boonville in an earlier game 66-62 in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.
The two teams, like the girls, could also meet again in the Southern Boone Tournament. The Eagles are the No. 1 seed while Boonville is the 3 seed behind Battle.
Southern Boone is currently 12-2 with losses to Blair Oaks and Father Tolton.
As for other teams in the TCC, according to MSHSAA, Hallsville is currently 6-2 overall, Versailles 7-5, California 6-8, Osage 2-8 and Eldon 1-10.
As for how the district shapes up, Boonville is currently 12-2 with Helias at 9-2, Camdenton 3-9, Marshall and Osage each at 2-8 and Capital City 1-10.
The Pirates have already defeated both Capital City and Marshall. Boonville beat Capital City 83-61 in Jefferson City back on Jan. 14 and won 55-45 over Marshall on Jan. 21.
Although a lot can happen between now and the end of the regular season, the Boonville boys and girls have positioned themselves to finish strong for the month of February.