The Hannibal girls basketball team couldn't keep up with Lift for Life Academy during a 62-39 loss in the BOOM Classic championship.
The Hannibal girls basketball team expected a strong punch from its opponent Friday night in the championship of the BOOM Classic in Winfield.
As it turned out, Lift for Life Academy proved more than the Lady Pirates could handle.
Neema Shabbaz led all scorers with 16 points, including 11 to pull away in the second quarter, as the No. 3-seed Lady Hawks defeated fifth-seeded Hannibal 62-39.
The Lady Pirates finished second at the tourney for the second time in the past three years.
“They came out with a level of intensity that was a little overwhelming for our girls at the beginning of the game,” Hannibal coach Ben Jamerson said of Lift for Life. “We knew they were going to come out with a wave of energy, and we needed to fight through that. But they just stomped us right away.”
Hannibal sophomore Kaylee Falconer scored eight of her 12 points in the first half, while junior Keri Bareis finished with 11 on the night.
But the Lady Pirates found themselves down 39-21 at halftime and 20 by the end of the third quarter.
“We came back a little in the third but couldn’t really close the gap,” Jamerson said. “Every time we hit four points in a row, they’d answer with six. It was just tough to come back.”
Hannibal (2-2) managed just five field goals in the second half and made just 10 of 26 attempts from the free-throw line on the night.
The title game loss spoiled an otherwise winning week for Hannibal, which defeated Trinity Catholic on Monday before upsetting top-seeded Christian on Wednesday night.
“We are still a team that’s very young and we have a lot to learn as the season progresses,” Jamerson said. “With just one senior and two juniors, it’s going to be tough sometimes. We’re going to have some growing pains.”
Hannibal plays at Payson at 1 p.m. on Saturday.