The Hannibal Lady Pirates fell to Boonville 73-40 in a North Central Missouri Conference game at Korf Gymnasium on Monday.

WHAT HAPPENED

The Hannibal Lady Pirates fell to Boonville 73-40 in a North Central Missouri Conference game at Korf Gymnasium on Monday.

THE TURNING POINT

The point differential between the two squads remained within single digits through much of the first half.

Sophomore Autumn Bigsby scored 10 points in the first two quarters, while freshman Kaylee Falconer netted seven points and senior Hannah Deien had six all before halftime.

Despite scoring 35 points in the first half, Hannibal (6-12, 3-5 NCMC) went into halftime down by 16 points — and it went downhill from there.

The home Lady Pirates mustered only five points in the second half, as the road Lady Pirates clamped down on defense and kept the pedal to the medal on offense.

Going to the fourth quarter, Boonville (18-2, 10-0) opened a 67-39 advantage, a lead that grew to 33 points before all was said and done.

STAT LEADERS

Bigsby and Falconer each finished with 10 points for Hannibal. Deien and freshman Mackenzie Coleman each scored six points a piece, while Keri Bareis netted five and Peyton Utterback had three.

Jamie Lemmons led Boonville with 29 points, while Camryn Monteer scored 17 and Hannah Fuemmeler had 15.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“My fear coming into this game was, ‘how are we going to respond?’" Hannibal coach Ben Jamerson said. “We came into it with the mentality of, ‘when is enough enough? When is a team like this going to stop beating up on us? When are we going to stop being put in the corner by the playground bullies, so to speak?’

"In the first half tonight there was definitely a long stretch of time where we showed that we weren’t going to be pushed around anymore. Even though the score ended up being over a 30-point spread, that first half showed that we have what it takes to play with a team like this.” 

WHAT’S NEXT

Hannibal hits the road to face Moberly at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.