Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said Saturday’s 68-65 loss in overtime against Skyline was disappointing in several respects.
Along with losing the game, which snapped Boonville’s 13 game win streak, Hunziker said it was also a tough loss, especially when the girls fought hard all game and had opportunities to put the game away late in regulation.
The loss dropped Boonville to 14-2 on the season.
Down by five (46-41) going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Pirates rallied back with its best quarter of the ballgame by outscoring Skyline 16-11. But its what happened in the final period that will leave coach Hunziker scratching his head.
Up by five (55-50) with 3:07 left in the game, Boonville couldn’t seem to buy a basket after that while managing only two points compared to seven for Skyline. But even then the Lady Pirates had a chance to win the game. After fouling Skyline with less than seven seconds on the clock, the Lady Tigers hit both foul shots to tie the game at 57-all.  But that still left Boonville with one final play, which they got with a shot underneath the basket only to come up short.
The Lady Pirates had an uphill battle from that point with Addison Brownfield out of the game with five fouls and  Kourtney Kendrick with four fouls.
As it turned out, Skyline wound up outscoring Boonville 11-8 in overtime for the victory.
Boonville and Skyline also traded quarters in regulation, with Tigers lead 16-15 after first period’s end and the Lady Pirates holding a 28-26 advantage going into the break. Meanwhile, after Skyline outscored Boonville 20-13 in the third to go up 46-41, the Lady Pirates rallied once again with a 16-11 scoring edge in the final period to tie the game at 57-all.
Hunziker said Skyline shot the ball extremely well from all over the court, including going 15 of 18 from the line.
“Throughout the game we just couldn’t get continous key stops when we needed to or extend the leads when we had the chance,” Hunziker said. “It was truly a game of runs with both sides taking a lead, followed by the other taking it back. Skyline did a great job getting into gaps of our zone then finding shooters spotted up. They are one of the best programs when it comes to have athletes that can shoot from outside but also cause problems for you at the mid-range game as well. Their aggressive style of defense turned us over at times but overall I felt we did a great job handling it. When all said and done this game made us better because rarely do we face this type of pressure from start to finish. There are always many things we can take away from playing Skyline that will make us better.”
Miranda Quennoz had 30 to lead all scorers for Skyline while Justine Barb chipped in 25 and /aktee Gunter with 10.
Five players finished the game in double figures for Boonville. Jodie Bass led all scorers with 16 points along with three steals, two assists and two rebounds.
Addison Brownfield chipped in 15 points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists while Sophi Waibel added 12 points, four steals and one rebound, Kennedy Renfrow 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, Kourtney Kendrick nine points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals, Brooke Eichelberger two points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist and Emma West with two rebounds and one steal.
Skyline also won the JV game over Boonville 41-32.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 3-6 on the season, led Skyline 21-19 at the half but was outscored 22-11 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Paul Moore said the girls came out with intensity and did a lot of things right to give themselves a chance to win against a very quality opponent.
“We knew Skyline would be a very aggressive defensive team that could also shoot well, so we had to be poised on both ends of the floor,” Moore said. “We were able to limit turnovers more than previous games, which allowed us to have better and more consistent offensive possessions.  We had a bad third quarter when it comes to shooting, and that created a deficit that ended up being too much to come back from, but I’m proud of the way the girls fought to the end against a very good team.  We built a lot of momentum for ourselves and hopefully we can continue it into the last month of the season.”
Emily Edwards had 21 to lead Skyline.
For Boonville, Zoey Lang finished with 14, Abby Fuemmeler six, Madison Smith and Abby Pulliam three each and Kyleigh Thacker, Molly Schuster and Josie Widel each with two.