If there ever was a game for paybacks, the game Monday night at home against the Marshall Owls was it.
Although the contest last year in the district semifinals had a little more meaning, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team can feel a little better about themselves after beating the Owls by a whopping 46 points, 70-24.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 19-3 overall, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said this was another great offensive and defensive night at home.
“We did a nice job of attacking their zones with great inside and outside action,” Hunziker said. “We were unselfish with our ball movement and always looking for a better shot. We did some nice things out in transition as well. Our defense was very active tonight, continuing to get deflections and steals, which created offense for us.
“Emma West and Kennedy Renfrow have really came off the bench and been huge sparks for us by doing a little of everything to help make us have success. Down the stretch, we need to continue to have these games where we have balanced scoring where 3-4 girls can put up double figures along with a few others scoring 5-9 points as well. By doing so teams just can’t focus on 1-2 players.”
Like last year, Marshall will be a district opponent along with Helias, Capital City, Osage, Camdenton.
Boonville will host Osage in the regular season finale on Feb. 25.
With eight different players in the scoring column for Boonville, the Lady Pirates also outscored Marshall in three out of four quarters.
Jodie Bass led the scoring attack for Boonville with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field and 3 of 6 from the three-point arc. Bass also shot 50 percent from the foul line and led the team with four steals.
Addison Brownfield finished the game with 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals while Sophi Waibel added 12 points, three rebounds and two assists, Kourtney Kendrick 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals, Kennedy Renfrow six points, four rebounds and one assist, Brooke Eichelberger four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, Daylynn Baker three points, one rebound and one steal, Emma West two points, three rebounds and two steals and Faith Mesik with one rebound and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also shot 50 percent from the field for the game and 37 percent from the three-point line. From the foul line, Boonville made 9 of 14 shots for 64 percent.
Marshall was led by Hannah Pomerenke with 10 points and Kate Donnell with eight.
As expected when you win a game by 40-plus points, the Lady Pirates also scored in droves against the Owls.
Although Marshall led at one point 5-4 early in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates came back and responded in a big way to closeout the period with 19 straight points to go up 23-5.
Boonville also doubled its scoring over Marshall in the second quarter 20-10 to lead the Owls 43-15 at the break.
If the first-two periods proved a point, the third quarter was more of a statement as the Lady Pirates came out and outscored Marshall 24-3 to extend the lead to 67-18.
While holding the Owls to just one field goal, Boonville opened the second half with 15 straight points and then finishing the final two minutes and 21 seconds on a 9-0 run.
Meanwhile, with most or all of the starters on the bench in the final period, Marshall came back and outscored Boonville 6-3.
Boonville also won the JV game against Marshall 35-32.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 4-8 on the season, trailed Marshall 17-15 at the half but rallied back with a 16-5 advantage in the third quarter to go up 31-20. However, in the final period, the Owls stormed back and outscored Boonville 10-4 and had a shot at the buzzer from the three-point arc that fell short that would have tied the game.
“We didn’t come out with a lot of defensive intensity to start the game, but we picked up the pressure big time in the second half,” said Boonville JV coach Paul Moore. “Marshall was doing a good job of using their bigs in the paint and creating mismatches, so we shrunk the court while also staying aggressive in passing lanes.  We also shot the ball better from threes, which helped open up offensive drives and allowed us to get to the line with fouls.  They were able to make a run on us at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but we were able to clamp down and take care of the ball when we needed to.  It was nice to get back into the win column after a bit of a drought.”
Abby Fuemmeler had 14 points in the game for Boonville. Kyleigh  Thacker and Zoey Lang tossed in six points each while Madison Smith added five and Payton Luscombe with four.
For Marshall, Unique Williams had 13 points.