The Hannibal girls basketball team couldn't match Boonville's barrage of 11 3-pointers in a 73-39 home loss Monday night.

Nearly three weeks ago, the Hannibal girls basketball team suffered a 38-point loss to Boonville. 

Monday night, the Lady Pirates suffered another lopsided loss to their North Central Missouri Conference foe, but coach Ben Jamerson was more pleased with the overall game.

Boonville connected on 11 3-pointers to coast to a 73-39 win inside Korf Gymnasium.

“Even though the point margin was about the same, I thought it was absolutely night and day difference in the way we played,” the Hannibal coach said. “I thought we gave a much better effort tonight although the scoreboard does not reflect that.” 

After Emma Deien’s second 3-pointer of the game and an offensive putback by Autumn Bigsby, Hannibal held an 8-4 lead with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

“I thought the way we came out and started the game was the best start to a game we had all season,” Jamerson said.

Then the Boonville offense found its groove.

After missing its first four attempts from beyond the arc, Boonville knocked down 9 of its next 11 3-point attempts in the first half.

Camryn Monteer and Brynn Edwards accounted for eight of the nine made treys in the first half, as Boonville led 14-9 after the first quarter and 40-23 at the break.

Monteer opened the second half with her fifth 3-pointer of the game, as the visiting Pirates scored the first nine points of the third.

Although Boonville continued to stretch its lead, Jamerson was pleased with the way his team kept playing.

“We continued to fight and claw even as we were down 30 points in the fourth quarter,” the Hannibal coach stated. “I was proud of our effort no matter what the scoreboard said.”

Deien led Hannibal with 17 points, while Autumn Bigsby added seven points and a game-high 12 boards.

Perhaps the biggest pleasantry of the game came from the bench, as Mariah Strong added six points and eight rebounds.

“She gave us some great energy minutes, especially in the second half,” Jamerson said of his reserve player. “She pulled down some great rebounds against their bigs.”

The loss drops Hannibal to 6-13 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

Jamerson mentioned he hopes his team can take some positives from Monday night and have them carry over to the end of the season.

“If we can play like we did in the first quarter and play with the kind of energy we played with most of the game, I think we can make a little bit of noise in our remaining conference games and into district play,” he said. “And maybe pick up an upset or two along the way.”

Hannibal plays host to Moberly on Thursday.