It had a crazy ending, but when the final buzzer sounded, the Hannibal girls’ basketball team had won its seventh game of the season. The Lady Pirates of Hannibal beat Boonville 40-39 Monday night.
“It was ugly,” Hannibal coach Ron Greenwell said. “But it’s a win and I will take it. A win is a win.”
Hannibal secured the win when Melanie Blase took a charge with 0.4 seconds left in the game as Boonville was attempting to go for what would have been a winning layup. Instead of scoring the game winning basket, Millie Moyer, who led Boonville with 12 points was called for a charge that sealed Hannibal’s one point win.
“I saw her put her head down and I knew she was going to try to score for her team,” Blase said. “So I just stepped in front of her and hoped it didn’t hurt when I fell.”
The game itself was a battle. Hannibal took an early lead and held on to it all throughout the first quarter. Every time Boonville would get close, Hannibal would find a way to stay on top. When the opening quarter was over, Hannibal led 8-7.
But it didn’t last long.
Boonville opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run to take the lead away. Hannibal answered back with a 5-0 run of its own. However, as soon as Hannibal tied the game at 13-13, Boonville moved back ahead. Hannibal tied it again at 15-15 with 1:06 left in the second quarter only to have Moyer get the lead back for Boonville with 20 seconds left.
“We didn’t score very many there in the second quarter,” Greenwell said. “But, we did kind of hold them in check too.”
Hannibal went into the break trailing 17-15.
In the third quarter, Hannibal tied the game at 19-19, before Boonville went on a 8-0 run to take a 27-19 lead. But Hannibal never gave up. The Lady Pirates of Hannibal responded by closing out the third quarter on a 10-4 run to get back within two points at 31-29.
During the Lady Pirates run, Hannibal scored 8 points over a span of 48 seconds. Lauren Holliday and Theresa Sheffer hit back to back threes and Paige Utterback chipped in with a bucket.
“Lauren (Holliday) hit a three, then Theresa (Sheffer) hit a three,” Greenwell said. Then Utterback got a steal for layup to tie it up at 29. The momentum changed right there for the girls.”
Blase tied the game at 31-31 at the 6:25 mark of the fourth quarter on a jump shot. A minute later Holliday gave the Lady Pirates of Hannibal their first lead since the first quarter on a layup. Boonville quickly tied the game at 33-33 with 5:21 left, but Hannibal took the lead for good on another layup, this time from Anasia Elder with 5:10 remaining.
Holliday finished the night with a team-high 9 points for Hannibal while Utterback turned in 8 points.
“I performed pretty good,” Holliday said. “But I could have done better. It made me feel like I put a good participation into the game.”
Sheffer, Jodeci Washington and Blase all chipped in 6 points. Blase led all rebounds with a game-high 10 boards.
“It was just really intensive at the end,” Holliday said. “At halftime we all talked and said we weren’t going to lose tonight. We came out and played our hardest.”
With the win, Hannibal improves to 7-10 on the season and 2-6 in North Central Missouri Conference play while Boonville falls to 6-14 and 1-8. The Lady Pirates will be back out on the hardwood Thursday night in Moberly.