Lady Pirates drop rare home game against Class 3 No. 2 ranked Skyline
Despite a 44-41 loss Saturday against Class 3 and No. 2 state-ranked Skyline, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team looked at the game as a win-win situation.
Although the loss was only the second of the season for Boonville, who entered the game on a nine-game win streak, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said defensively the Lady Pirates did a good job, especially in the half-court.
Needless to say it was a struggle all game for Boonville offensively. While shooting only 23 percent Thursday night in a 42-36 win over Blair Oaks, the Lady Pirates were just 31 percent from the field in the game against Skyline.
But even then the Lady Pirates were able to keep the game close while trailing Skyline by just two (12-10) after one and one (21-10) at the half. However, in the third quarter, Boonville unequivocally had its worst period of the season by scoring only four points-which put them behind the eight ball down by eight at 32-24. Needless to say,
Boonville rallied back with its best quarter of the ballgame in the fourth and outscored Skyline 17-12 only to fall short by three.
Hunziker said for a team that kills their opponents by attacking and shooting the three ball, the girls held them to only three makes from behind the arc.
“With their ball handlers they took care of the ball and didn’t turn it over versus our press as most teams do not give us easy scoring opportunities,” Hunziker said. “Our problem this week is the inability to know down shots that hurt us again today. Skyline applies great pressure and that never gave us fits today. They just forced us to shoot tough shots. We did a great job of not turning it over against their press and their pressure in the half court.”
Kennedy Renfrow led the Lady Pirates in scoring with 11 points along with six rebounds, two steals and three assists.
Jodie Bass finished the game with 10 points, one rebound and one assist while Addi Brownfield added nine points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists, Kourtney Kendrick five points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, Brooke Eichelberger four points five rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot, and Emma West two points, and one steal.
For Skyline, Quennoz had 18 points and Barb 13.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Skyline 31-28.
The Lady Pirates, 4-2 on the season, led Skyline 16-13 at the half but was outscored 13-4 in the third quarter to trail by four at 24-20. However, in the final period, Boonville rallied back with a 11-2 advantage for the win.
Alison Eichelberger led the Lady Pirates with 14 points while Abby Fuemmeler chipped in 12, Zoey Lang three and Payten Black and Molly Schuster each with one.
For Skyline, Ashton Cooley had eight points while Emily Edwards chipped in six.