Minus two starters, Lady Pirates fall to Hallsville 56-54

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team did everything they could considering the circumstances Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the Centralia Tournament.

With two starters and the sixth player off the bench quarantined before the start of Wednesday’s game, Boonville coach Jaryt Hunziker had no choice but to play with the hand that was dealt to him.

As it turned out, the Lady Pirates fell just short against Hallsville 56-54.

While the loss dropped Boonville to 4-1 on the season, Hunziker said tonight was an emotional night that the girls responded to the best they could.

“After two of our players were told they had to quarantine after arriving at Hallsville, we had to focus for the task at hand,” Hunziker said. “With three of our top six players out, we had many girls step up and were ready for the challenge. Addi (Brownfield), Kennedy (Renfrow) and Brooke (Eichelberger) were valuable leaders tonight on and off the floor.”

“The energy and drive was there and it showed the first half as we jumped out to an early lead behind Addi Brownfield and Kennedy Renfrow providing a lot of the scoring. Defensively, we had to make some adjustments to play our strengths and it helped us compete and give us an opportunity to win the game. Too many poor decisions and turnovers let Hallsville get back in the game and take the lead. I’m so thankful to have a great group of girls that love representing the name on the front of their jersey and being the best teammate to each other.”

The Lady Pirates definitely had their chances while leading Hallsville 15-7 after one and 31-22 at the half. However, in the third quarter, Hallsville outscored Boonville to go up by five at 45-40. Of course the Lady Pirates cut into that lead in the final period with a 14-11 advantage to make it a two point ballgame.

Of the players that saw the floor against Hallsville, four scored.

Brownfield had the game-high with 26 while Renfrow added 16, Abby Fuemmeler seven and Alison Eichelberger with five.

Brownfield also finished the game with six assists, four rebounds and four steals. Renfrow had five rebounds, four assists and two steals while Brooke Eichelberger added six rebounds, one assist and one steal, Fuemmeler six rebounds and two steals, Alison Eichelberger one rebound and Faith Mesik with four rebounds and one steal.

The Lady Pirates also finished the game, shooting 41 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three and 74 percent from the foul line.

Oetting had the team high for Hallsville with 13 while Jones chipped in 12, Leer nine and Proctor with eight.

Lady Pirates win fourth straight, beats Sturgeon 68-18 in opening round at Centralia

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team so far has made it look easy while going 3-0 in the Tri-County Conference Tournament last week and 1-0 thus far in the Centralia Tournament.

As the No. 1 seed in both tournaments, the Lady Pirates have now won all four games by double digits after beating No. 8 Sturgeon Monday night 68-18.

The Lady Pirates, 4-0 on the season, also had its second running clock of the season-both against No. 8 seeds-by leading Sturgeon 18-0 after one, 36-6 at the half and 55-10 after three quarters of play. Boonville also outscored the Bulldogs 13-8 in the final period.

Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls looked a little tired coming off three games last week and then getting right back at it this week. “We’re still struggling to be more consistent with our shooting but we are getting good looks at the basket,” Hunziker said. “We just need more to drop.”

With eight different players scoring in the game for Boonville, senior Jodie Bass and junior Addi Brownfield combined for 28 of the team’s 68 points. Bass finished the game with 14 points on 4 of  shooting from the field for 36 percent and 4 of 8 from the foul line for 50 percent. Brownfield, meanwhile, hit on 6 of 12 shots from the field for 50 percent and 1 of 4 from the foul line for 25 percent.

Brooke Eichelberger and Kourtney Kendrick each had nine points. Abby Fuemmeler chipped in eight points, Kennedy Renfrow six, Abby Pulliam five and Molly Schuster with three. 

Bass also had five rebounds, three steals and two assists in the game while Brownfield grabbed a team-high seven steals in addition to six rebounds and two assists.

Kendrick led the team in rebounds with eight along with three steals while Renfrow added five rebounds, two steals and one assist, Brooke Eichelberger three assists, two rebounds and one steal, Pulliam three rebounds, Fuemmeler three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Alison Eichelberger one rebound and one steal, Zoey Lang one steal and Schuster with one rebound.

As for the shooting in the game, Boonville connected on 59 percent of its shots from the field, 29 percent from the three and 54 percent from the foul line. 

Vanlandingham had seven points for Sturgeon while Harris chipped in six.