The Hannibal girls basketball team fell to Christian 66-38 on Friday night in the consolation championship of the Warrenton Tournament.
The Hannibal girls basketball team entered Friday night's Warrenton Tournament consolation championship having already beaten its opponent once this season.
The second meeting did not go according to plan.
Christian, which lost to Hannibal 60-55 on Nov. 19, scored 19 points in the first quarter and never looked back in a 66-38 romp over the Lady Pirates.
“There wasn't a huge difference in their game plan,” Hannibal coach Ben Jamerson said. “They love to run off the screens and get into the corners, play inside-out ball, but it was more about us this time around.”
Abby King, who scored 18 points in the first matchup, had 19 for the No. 4 seed Lady Eagles on Friday to lead all scorers. The 6-foot-2 senior forward was a force to be reckoned with in the post all game.
Freshman Gracie Stugart added 15 points for Christian, including two 3-pointers in the first quarter to help the Lady Eagles open up a 12-point advantage.
Kaylee Falconer netted eight of her team-high 10 points in the first 16 minutes, but No. 6 seed Hannibal otherwise struggled offensively.
Christian took a 32-17 lead into the intermission.
“We needed to get a little bit more ball movement and movement without the ball, and we weren't doing both those things at the same time,” Jamerson said. “A lot of just stagnant feeling on the offensive end.”
The Lady Eagles grew their lead to 47-25 through three quarters.
Keri Bareis was a bright spot for the Lady Pirates, scoring eight of her 10 points after halftime. Abby Baumann finished with six on the night, while Mariah Strong scored five and Emma Deien had four.
Hannibal fell to 5-9 with the loss.
“The tale of two teams,” Jamerson said of the season so far. “It's been a little bit of a roller coaster ride for us, and we just can't seem to string together the same type of game consistently. We'll come out and play one way and then we'll come the way we played against Christian tonight. It's difficult to understand and figure out, but we'll keep working.”
Hannibal hosts reigning North Central Missouri Conference champion Boonville on Monday night.
The opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m. at Korf Gymnasium.
“They always prove to be a pretty difficult task,” Jamerson said. “I think it's really going to be a test for our girls to see how we come out of the gate mentally in that game, especially considering Boonville has really taken it to us over the last couple years. We need some confidence against a team like that, knowing we can come out and compete. Hopefully we will meet some challenges.”