After struggling offensively Tuesday night on the road against the Blair Oaks Falcons, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team seemed to find itself once again offensively Thursday night on the road against the Hallsville Indians.
While putting up 37 points against the Falcons for a 37-35 victory, the Lady Pirates came back Thursday night against Hallsville to lead from start to finish for a convincing 74-42 victory.
The win was also Boonville’s 13th in a row since their last loss against Southern Boone in the semifinal round of the Tri-County Conference Tournament back in December.
The Lady Pirates are currently 14-1 overall and 3-0 in the Tri-County Conference.
“After a rough night on Tuesday against Blair Oaks, we seemed to get back to playing the way we did two weeks ago versus Hallsville,” said Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker. “Our rebounding effort was much improved and we seemed to fight a lot harder for position on defense. Offensively we moved the ball well against their zone creating open looks and tonight we finished those shots. The offense always looks a lot better when shots are falling. I was glad to see the girls get back their confidence after the other night.
“Brooke Eichelberger did an amazing job on both ends of the court tonight by working hard to get rebounds and make hustle plays that helped raise our defensive intensity. Jodie Bass (23) and Kourtney Kendrick (19) had great evenings in the scoring column but also got us many deflections and steals on the defensive end. Hallsville loves to shoot from the perimeter and get out in transition and I felt we did a good job taking both away which made them struggle for points.”
Whatever the Lady Pirates did, it worked. While holding Hallsville to single digits in the second and third quarter, Boonville jumped out to stay from the opening tip by taking a 20-13 lead after one and a 41-18 advantage at the half. The Lady Pirates also outscored Hallsville 33-24 in the second half.
Junior Jodie Bass also had a stellar game for Boonville with 23 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the field. She also had five steals and three rebounds.
Kourtney Kendrick finished the game with 19 points and four rebounds along with four steals and two assists. Brooke Eichelberger had nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots  while Addison Brownfield added eight points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals, Emma West with six points, two steals and one rebound, Sophi Waibel with five points, four steals and two assists, and Kennedy Renfrow with four points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Boonville also finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line.
For Hallsville, Oetting finished the game with 13 while Proctor chipped in 11.
In the JV game, Hallsville defeated Boonville 60-38.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the Tri-County Conference, trailed Hallsville 28-16 at the half but cut the lead to 10 (43-33) by outscoring the Indians 17-15 in the third period. Unfortunately for Boonville, they were unable to keep up the pace as Hallsville stormed back with a big fourth quarter by outscoring the Lady Pirates 17-5.
Boonville JV coach Paul Moore said it really was a game of runs tonight, and Hallsville was able to create more runs than we were.  “They did a nice job in their full-court defensive press, and we had a difficult time handling the pressure in the first quarter,” Moore said. “Our girls fought so hard to win the second and third quarters, which gave us a chance in the end.  However, Hallsville began the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run and we had a difficult time catching up from there.  We had a much better night as far as defensive intensity and getting deflections and steals, but we still struggle with turning the ball over and not getting rebounds.  This definitely hurt us tonight, but there were a lot of positives to take from this game.”
Quintana had 18 and Mitchell nine for Hallsville.
For Boonville, Abby Fuemmeler tossed in eight, Molly Schuster seven, Kyleigh Thacker and Josie Widel each with six, Abby Pulliam five and Payton Luscombe and Zoey Lang with three points apiece.