Boonville bumps off Lady Owls, 56-40

Friday, February 9, 2018
Two buckets by junior Nick Ortzian (14) helped stake the 'Hounds to a 14-6 first-quarter lead. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

Boonville closed to within a win of defending its NCMC girls' basketball championship Thursday with an easy 56-40 victory at Marshall.

The Lady Pirates forged a five-point first-quarter lead before pulling away with a 32-13 blitz over the next two periods to take a 46-21 cushion into the fourth quarter.

Junior Kassidy Heying furiously tried to rally the Lady Owls, scoring 13 points during the final frame, but Boonville converted nine of 15 free-throw attempts down the stretch to keep its lead comfortable.

Three Lady Pirates (19-3, 10-0 NCMC) scored in double figures, led by the usual Bird-slayers: junior Jamie Lemmons (16 points) and senior Brynn Edwards (14).

Heying paced Marshall (11-7, 3-5) with 23 points, but no other starters managed more than four points. Freshman Sky Walton was productive off the bench with five points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Owls will be at home Friday to face Hannibal.

Sweet Springs

SWEET SPRINGS -- The Sweet Sprigs boys won their fourth straight game while the Lady Greyhounds ended a three-game skid Thursday during a non-conference doubleheader sweep of visiting Westran.

Sweet Springs steadily built a solid lead during the boys' contest, taking a 12-point cushion into the fourth quarter. However, while the Hornets hit four three-pointers -- two by sophomore Seth Berrey -- the 'Hounds missed six of 10 attempts from the free-throw line, barely holding on.

Berrey finished with 13 points for Westran (6-16).

Senior Zach Malter scored 12 points and junior Colton Robb added 10 points for Sweet Springs (12-8), which Friday hosts St. Paul, which has already clinched a share of the I-70 Conference championship.

Earlier, the Lady 'Hounds had to come from behind after trailing by seven points at halftime.

Senior Maddy Denslow scored 15 of her game-high 21 points for Westran (1-20) before the break, but was blanked during the third period as Sweet Springs began its comeback. Juniors Sydney Vaught and Lauren Eagle each made two field goals during a 15-5 stanza which saw the Lady 'Hounds got into the final frame ahead by three points and then sink nine of 19 charity shots to secure the win.

Freshman Michaela Malter had 14 points to top Sweet Springs (7-14).


SLATER -- New Franklin took another step toward the CAC boys' title Wednesday with a 58-45 victory at Slater.

The Bulldogs (14-8, 7-1 CAC) won every quarter as senior forward Bailey Lyons tallied 20 points.

The Wildcats (11-11, 5-5) got their top production from the bench, as sophomore Chandler Zdybel scored 12 points and senior Ty McDonald had nine.

The Slater girls recovered from a nine-point first-quarter deficit to take the lead with a 29-19 run during the middle two periods before falling to New Franklin, 52-42.

The Lady Bulldogs (7-14, 1-7) held the home team to four points down the stretch as junior Lauren Evans scored eight of her team-high 14 points and senior Lilly Oser knocked down a three-pointer.

Sophomore Emilee Grimes led all players with 17 points for the Lady 'Cats (2-19, 0-9).

Slater resumes league play Friday at Madison.

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