Lady Pirates improve to 15-2 on the season

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had only five players in the scoring column but that proved to be enough to get by Southern Boone’s JV 64-36 in the opening round of the Southern Boone Classic Monday night in Ashland.
The Lady Pirates, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, improved to 15-2 on the season. Boonville will play Hallsville, a 46-43 loser against Hickman, in the next round on Wednesday, Feb. 5 starting at 7:30 p.m.
In the only other game on Monday, No. 2 Southern Boonville defeated Fulton 63-56. The Lady Eagles will play Hickman on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Fulton, meanwhile, will take on SBC’s JV at 4:30 p.m.
Boonville Lady Pirates coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls came out and had a very productive first quarter  with 26 points behind Jodie Bass’s 11 points and Kendrick’s 10 points.
“The defense forced some turnovers leading to easy points along with our offense doing a good job of moving the ball and finding great looks inside and out,” Hunziker said. “Then we went ice cold in the second only scoring five total points and allowing Southern Boone to score 10 and get back in the game. You could start to see our team become a step slow due to some fatigue which hurt our shooting along with our speed on defense. Again in the third quarter, Jodie and Kourtney helped increase our lead with nine points each. Renfrow had a nice fourth quarter, scoring 6 of her 10 and helping get us our 15th win.”
The Lady Pirates set the tone from the opening tip by outscoring SBC’s JV 26-8 in the first quarter. However, in the second period, Boonville went ice cold from the field as the Eagles rallied back with a 10-5 advantage to cut the lead to 13 (31-18) at the half. SBC’s never got any closer as Boonville came out in the second half and outscored the Eagles 33-18 for the win.
Jodie Bass led the scoring attack for Boonville with 24 points on 7 of 19 shooting from the field for 37 percent. Bass also hit 8 of 9 shots from the foul line for 89 percent to go along with four rebounds, three steals and two assists in the game.
Kourtney Kendrick finished the game with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting from the field for 60 percent. Kendrick was also 2 of 4 from the three-point arc for 50 percent and 1 of 3 from the line for 33 percent. Kendrick also had 12 rebounds for a double-double and five steals.
Sophi Waibel chipped in nine points along with five steals, four rebounds and four assists while Kennedy Renfrow added eight points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals, Addison Brownfield two points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal and Emma West with two rebounds and one assist.
Boonville also finished the game, hitting 23 of 61 shots from the field for 38 percent, 6 of 28 from the three-point arc for 21 percent and 12 of 18 from the line for 67 percent.
For Southern Boone, DeHaas had 14 and Helms with 11 and