Boonville girls double down on South Callaway in big road win

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker feared for the worst and hoped for the best going into Saturday’s game against the South Callaway Bulldogs.

While the Lady Bulldogs’ team featured a Division I player in Paige Clubb (SIU-Carbondale) and another player in DeLaney Hortsman (Columbia College) signee, Hunziker knew it would be a battle for his team.

And for one quarter the Lady Bulldogs gave Boonville everything they wanted and more while leading 20-19. However from the second quarter on, Boonville dominated South Callaway in every facet of the game while holding a 50-21 scoring advantage en route to a 69-41 victory.

The win improved Boonville’s record to 7-1 overall.

“South Callaway is a very talented team that has had lots of success with this group of girls they have the past few years,” Hunziker said. “We knew going to their place was going to be a challenge for us, we were up for it knowing it is going to make us better. Knowing that their depth was limited, we wanted to push the tempo throughout the game hopefully wearing them out by the second half, which would affect their shooting, decision making, and possibly pick up some cheap fouls. The defense did just that. Chubb had the hot hand for South Callaway the first half by scoring 21 of their 31 points. We knew most of those were uncontested as she got them in transition and a many from us not getting through screens.

“The second half we shaded her way and kept the tempo up, which wore her out where she was limited offensively by scoring 0 points in the second half. We needed to finish around the basket as we struggled to the first half. We were getting great looks inside and out but just wasn’t completing the play. During the second half everything just seemed to be going our way-everyone contributed in some way and it was fun to watch. Keeping another great team to just 10 points total the second half was impressive to say the least. We had four players in double digits with Addi Brownfield 25, Kourtney Kendrick and Kennedy Renfrow 13 and Jodie Bass with 10.”

Down by one at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Pirates came back and outscored South Callaway 20-11 in the second period to lead at the half 39-31. The Lady Bulldogs never got any closer in the ballgame as Boonville came out and dictated the tempo in the second half by holding a 30-10 advantage for the win.

In addition to scoring 25 points on 7 of 14 shooting from the field, Brownfield also hit on 6 of 9 shots from the three point arc and 5 of 6 from the foul line. She also led the team with 14 returns and had three assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

Renfrow finished the game with four rebounds, four steals, three assists and one blocked shot while Kendrick added five steals, four rebounds and one assist, Bass five rebounds, four assists and three steals, Brooke Eichelberger four points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot, Emma West four rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal and Faith Mesik with one rebound and one  assist. 

The Lady Pirates also shot a staggering 56 percent from the field, 43 percent from the three-point arc and 80 percent from the foul line. 

Clubb ended up with 21 points to lead all scorers for South Callaway. Brown chipped in 12 and Hortsman with eight. 

The Boonville girls basketball team will host Clinton on Tuesday and Hallsville on Friday at the Windsor gymnasium at Boonville High School. Tip off for both games is 6 p.m.