The Hannibal girls' basketball team dropped its home opener to Moberly 59-45 Monday night.

"I am proud of the way the girls played," Hannibal coach Ron Greenwell said. "We are never happy with a loss, but the girls played a good game and we are getting better."

A big first half by Moberly doomed the Lady Pirates. Moberly outscored Hannibal 38-25 during the opening half of play.

"It was a game where one quarter kind of bit us in the rear there," Greenwell said. "That second quarter, I don't know what percentage (Moberly was) shooting, but they shot lights out."
During the second half, the score was much closer. Moberly inched ahead of the Lady Pirates 21-20 during the final 16 minutes.

"I am very pleased with how the girls handled the second half of play," Greenwell said. "Instead of checking it in, they fought back and it was down to almost single digits there at the end. I am very proud of the way they didn't fold."

Jodeci Washington was one of four Lady Pirates to finish the night with 8 points. All eight of Washington's points came during the third quarter. The third quarter was also the one quarter the Lady Pirates outscored Moberly, 10-9.

Also recording 8 points for Hannibal was Melanie Blase, Theresa Sheffer, and Lauren Holliday. Kylee Anderson chipped in 7 points for Hannibal.

"It really makes us feel more like a team," Blase said. "It helps bring us all together. We know that we can all work together, we can do it together and we don't have to rely on one person."

Blase and Anderson each finished the night with 6 rebounds to lead the team.

"I just went out there and played hard," Blase said. "Moberly is always a tough matchup. They are physical and strong. They are fast and I knew I just wanted to get out there and play a good game tonight for our home opener."