Lady Pirates improve to 13-1 overall and 2-0 in the Tri-County Conference

Boonville junior Kennedy Renfrow may have had only two points Tuesday night in a 37-35 win over the Blair Oaks Falcons in Tri-County Conference action in Wardsville.
However, those two points turned out to be the difference in the game as the Lady Pirates remained unbeaten in conference play at 2-0.
Trailing 14-5 after one and 17-16 at the half, Boonville methodically began its comeback in the third quarter with a 9-7 advantage to go up 25-24. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Pirates finished just one better than Blair Oaks with a 12-11 scoring edge. However, it took a putback at the buzzer by Renfrow to give Boonville the victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 13-1 overall, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said it was just one of those nights where poor shooting almost did the team in.
“I was hoping after starting off slow offensively in the first quarter that we would finally heat up the last three quarters, but we never really did. It seems like forever ago (12 days) that we played our last game and I know that can slow down the momentum that we had going after 13 games. Our defense kept us in the game by not letting them get out to too much of a lead early. Lack of rebounding hurt us in the first half because they were getting 2-3 chances on the offensive end with some of the second chance opportunities leading to kick out threes.”
Hunziker said the girls also did a much better job in the second half.
Boonville outscored Blair Oaks 21-18 in the final two periods.
“I also thought we did much better job in the second half on the glass, which helped us down the stretch,” Hunziker said. “Addi Brownfield and Jodie Bass were big for us tonight offensively and in important parts of the game; Addi in the first half and Jodie in the second half. Bass had some nice deflections/steals on the top of the press that helped change the game at times when we needed it. Even though Kennedy only scored two points on the evening, they were two huge points when she gathered up a missed shot by Brownfield with just a couple seconds left and put it back in at the buzzer.”
As for the scoring in the game, Bass and Brownfield combined for 26 of the team’s 37 points. Bass finished the game as the team’s leading scorer with 14 points along with four steals and one rebound. Brownfield, meanwhile, had 12 points, eight steals, seven rebounds and three assists.
Kourtney Kendrick chipped in six points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal while Renfrow added two points, six rebounds and one assist, Sophi Waibel two points, three rebounds and one steal, Brooke Eichelberger one point, two rebounds and one blocked shot and Emma West with one rebound off the bench.
Boonville also finished the game, hitting just 11 of 46 shots from the field for 24 percent, 4 of 23 from the three-point arc for 17 percent and 11 of 23 from the foul line for 48 percent.
For Blair Oaks, Fick had 13 points and Rissmiller with seven.
In the JV game, Blair Oaks defeated Boonville 39-30.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the TCC, trailed Blair Oaks 24-15 at the half and 35-22 after three quarters of play before rallying with a 8-4 advantage in the final period.
“We started off slow after not playing for two weeks due to weather, but we picked up the tempo a bit in the second quarter,” said Boonville JV coach Paul Moore. “The offense was able to settle down and get into more of a rhythm.  We were able to move the ball a little bit better and get good shots, but we weren’t really consistent in hitting them.  Defensively, we didn’t have the burst that we’ve had the last few games, and it showed with not getting stops when we really needed them.  We also gave up too many offensive rebounds, which led to foul trouble and putting Blair Oaks at the line quite a bit. While it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, the girls fought hard to give themselves a chance against a very good Lady Falcons team.  If we a few more bounces would have gone our way, it could have ended in our favor.”
Emma Wolken had 15 points to lead all scorers for Blair Oaks.
For Boonville, Kyleigh Thacker had 10, Payton Luscombe and Abby Pulliam each with six, Abby Fuemmeler five, Molly Schuster two and Josie Widel with one.