The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had plenty of reasons to want to win Tuesday night’s game against Smith-Cotton.
First, the Lady Pirates wanted to win the game to shake off the bad taste of last Friday’s loss to the Hallsville Indians. They also wanted to win the game in front of their fans and a standing crowd to watch the mini cheerleaders put on a show.
But most importantly, the Lady Pirates side wanted teammate Addi Brownfield to hit the 20-point mark to become the all-time top scorer in BHS history. Of course, the WK trophy was also on display for the first time, which will go to the winner each year between Boonville and Smith-Cotton.
In the end, Boonville won the match against Smith-Cotton 83-54 to improve to 8-4 on the season. As for Brownfield, the senior star hit the 20-point mark with 2:11 left in the second quarter to put the Lady Pirates ahead at 36-21. Brownfield finished the game with 28 points to surpass Morgan Edwards, the former all-time leading scorer with 1,602 points. Brownfield currently has 1,609 points.
Boonville girls’ basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said the hard work and dedication Brownfield has shown over the years is unmatched by many. “She is a great role model on and off the pitch for many future Lady Pirates to come,” Hunziker said.
Brownfield said it’s definitely been a long, long road. “There were a lot of obstacles and setbacks in my career that made it not so easy. But I wouldn’t change a thing. I kept my head up and kept working hard, and in the end, It paid off. It’s such a great feeling, and I’m excited for the day when another future Pirates lady can experience it. Hitting that final shot to become the all-time leading scorer was such an unreal feeling. “When I was younger I always looked up to players like Morgan Edwards and the rest of the previous state team. I know breaking that record would make my younger self so proud. I couldn’t have to do it without my amazing coaches, teammates and family. Accomplishments like this are so much more fun when you have people to share them with. Our match against Smith Cotton will forever be special to me, and I’m so glad we did. to have had the chance to break this record with a program so amazing.
Getting the home record made it even more special. My friends and family who were there deserved to see it. I owe a lot of my success to their incredible support and couldn’t have done it without them. I love this community and this program and I do my best to give them everything I have. And that night, I think I proved that to everyone.
With more than half of the season remaining for the Western Illinois University signee, Brownfield said she was pretty confident she was going to get 20 to break the record. “I’ve averaged a little more than that so far this season, and I was really determined to complete that feat in our first game at home with all my friends and family there,” said Brownfield.
The Lady Pirates were also determined to end what has been bumpy in recent weeks while dropping three of their last four games. However, a 10-0 run to start the game with a 6-0 surge midway through the first quarter almost set the tone for the rest of the game as Boonville led 22-12 after one and 39- 25 to the half.
Hunziker said the girls had their places, where they did a lot of great things and ran great races. “Defensively, we have to be able to adapt to the refereeing and not let teams get into the charity strip so early by putting them in the bonus,” Hunziker said. “Free throws are what helped keep Smith-Cotton in the game. We must continue to reduce mental errors and limit our turnover. Offensively, we saw a few players have career highs with Zoe Davis with 24 and Faith Mesik with 15. As a team, we connected on nine three-point field goals and 21 two-point field goals.
With three players in double digits, the Lady Pirates picked up where they left off in the first half in the third quarter by beating Smith-Cotton 22-16 to take the lead to 61-41. Meanwhile, with most of the starters on the bench late in the final period, Boonville continued to score at will against the Tigers as they held a 22-13 advantage to win the game by 29.
Brownfield, Davis and Mesik combined for 67 of the team’s 83 points. Brownfield finished with 28 points along with seven steals, six assists and five rebounds, while Davis had 24 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and an assist, and Mesik had 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. . Abby Fuemmeler had nine points, three steals and two assists, while Abby Pulliam added five points, nine rebounds, two steals and a rebound, and Lillian Newham and Twelva Mason each had two points. Alison Eichelberger also contributed three rebounds, three assists and a steal while Zoey Lang had two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
As a team, the Lady Pirates shot 44% from the field, 35% from three and 64% from the foul line.
For Smith-Cotton, Bailey Brown led all scorers with 27 points.
In the JV match, Boonville beat Smith-Cotton 53-31 to improve to 2-3 on the season.
The Lady Pirates led from the first point against the Tigers and took a 28-14 lead in the half. Boonville also beat Smith-Cotton 25-17 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Paul Moore said it was the first game of the year where the girls really built momentum in the opening two minutes. “We were able to get a lot of steals and deflections, which led to running in transition and getting easy looks,” Moore said. “One thing we made a major improvement on tonight was limiting Smith-Cotton runs and getting saves on defense when we needed them. Smith-Cotton was very athletic and shot the ball well, so we did a good job limiting their attempts. Overall, it was our best game of the season, which will help us gain confidence and momentum in a tough schedule over the next two weeks.
Payten Black led all game scorers for Boonville with 21 points. Lillian Newham added eight while Casey Bedell added seven, Reagan Wilson six, Brooke Brown four, Elly Rapp, Becca Shaw and Riley Wilson each with two points and Aaleigha Elbert with one.
For Smith-Cotton, Brooklyn Lamar and Maddy Lee each had nine points.