The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had one of those nights Saturday against Southern Boone in the championship in the Southern Boone Classic in Ashland.
After winning by double digits in the first-two games of the tournament against SBC’s JV and Hallsville, the Lady Pirates struggled in about every facet of the game while losing to Southern Boone 51-44.
The loss dropped Boonville to 16-3 overall while Southern Boone improved to 17-2.
The two teams will meet again in the next to final game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Windsor gymnasium in Boonville.
But for now, the Lady Pirates must pick up the pieces in what figures to be an exciting final two weeks of the season-four of which are at home.
“We just couldn’t get anything going and when we did they would answer with another bit shot,” said Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker. “Tonight wasn’t a great shooting night for us overall from missing many easy looks to forcing some shots as well. They got some great looks from getting the ball to the middle of our zone and knocked down big shot after big shot.”
Of course not all was bad. The Lady Pirates actually led Southern Boone 10-9 at the end of one quarter despite hitting just 4 of 14 shots from the field for 29 percent.
Unfortunately for Boonville, it got worse before it got better as Southern Boone closed out the half with a 17-8 scoring edge in the period to lead Boonville 26-18 at the break.
In addition to squandering a lead in the second quarter, Boonville sophomore Addison Brownfield had to sit for most of the period with three fouls.
The Lady Pirates also struggled once again from the field, hitting just 3 of 10 shots for 30 percent.
For the half, Boonville was 7 of 24 from the field for 29 percent.
But give credit where credit is due. Southern Boone hit three threes alone in the second quarter and turned a deficit into a eight point lead on two different occasions at 20-12 and 26-18.
The third quarter was low scoring for both teams as Boonville and Southern Boone combined for 23 points.
The only problem is that the Lady Eagles outscored Boonville 12-11 to extend the lead to nine points at 38-29.
Junior Kourtney Kendrick also picked up her third foul at the 1:28 mark in the third, which left two starters on the bench in three fouls.
Down by nine with eight minutes left, the big question was whether Boonville had enough left in the tank to get the job done. The answer at the time was yes as the Lady Pirates cut the lead to four at 38-34 with 5:33 left.
Boonville also had its chances around the midway point in the period. After a basket by junior Kourtney Kendrick to cut it back to six at 42-36, the Lady Pirates could have trimmed the lead to four but couldn’t convert at the foul line on two shots.
Another opportunity also fell by the wayside after Southern Boone hit just 1 of 2 foul shots with 2:05 left. Had the Lady Pirates got the rebound, they had a chance to make it a four point game with a three. Instead, the Lady Eagles pulled down the rebound and then converted on a three-point play to extend the lead to 10.
Boonville cut it back to five again with 19.5 seconds left but would get no closer as Southern Boone held on for the seven point win.
Gabbie Bruce led all scorers for Southern Boone with 15 points.  Lexi Ussery finished the game with nine while Trinity Schupp chipped in eight points.
For Boonville, Addison Brownfield had the game-high with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field, 2 of 4 from the arc and 1 of 2 from the foul line. Brownfield also finished the game with two rebounds.
No other player scoring in double figures for Boonville. Kourtney Kendrick added eight points, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist while Brooke Eichelberger had seven points, six rebounds and two steals, Kennedy Renfrow five points, four steals, one rebound and one assist, Jodie Bass four points, three rebounds and one steal, Sophi Waibel three points, two rebounds and two steals and Emma West with one rebound and one steal.
The Lady Pirates finished the game, hitting just 18 of 53 shots from the field for 34 percent, 2 of 12 from the arc for 17 percent and 6 of 12 from the line for 50 percent.