The Hannibal basketball teams fired blanks at the North Central Missouri  College Holiday Hoops Shootout for the second straight day.


Tuesday, the Pirates and Lady Pirates both were handed losses by the Savannah Savages. Less than 24 hours later, the two teams were back on the floor. Against a new foe, the results were the same with both the boy’s and the girl’s teams losing.


The Hannibal basketball teams fired blanks at the North Central Missouri  College Holiday Hoops Shootout for the second straight day.

Tuesday, the Pirates and Lady Pirates both were handed losses by the Savannah Savages. Less than 24 hours later, the two teams were back on the floor. Against a new foe, the results were the same with both the boy’s and the girl’s teams losing.

The Lady Pirates kicked the action off in the noon game. Taking on Chillicothe, Hannibal was playing its third game in as many days.

Despite nearly quadrupling Tuesday’s offensive output, the Chillicothe Hornets were too much and dropped the Lady Pirates 49-26.

Krystal Ferguson led the way for Hannibal offensively with 12 points. Cassidy Trenhaile chipped in six. The youthful Lady Pirates now drop to 0-9 on the season.

The Hannibal boys followed the girls onto the court in Trenton, Mo. The boys took on the Maryville Spoofhounds.

Like the girls, Hannibal’s offense scored more points Wednesday, but the defense also allowed more points. The Spoofhounds were able to come away with a 74-58 win.

“We started out really strong, we had a really good first quarter,” Hannibal head coach Matt Pugh said. “... In the third quarter, it seemed like we came out a little bit flat and let them back in the game. Once we relinquished the lead, we just couldn’t get back on top.”

Despite giving up more points to Maryville than they did to Savannah, Pugh said the defense played better.

“Defensively we were really, really, good today — much improved from Tuesday,” he said.
Logan Hicks scored a team-high 19 points for Hannibal. Mike Shivers and Mat Sims each had nine points for the Pirates in the loss.

With the loss, the Pirates fall to one game below the .500 mark at 5-6.

After a frantic late-December schedule, both Hannibal teams will now get a chance to rest. Both teams will be away from game action until the new year.

With the packed schedule the teams have been dealing with lately, practices have been more about preparing for an opponent instead of working on problems. That will change now.

“Next week is a good opportunity for us to get a lot of individual work done,” Pugh said. “We’re going to work on some fundamentals and tighten some things up that we just haven’t had time to work on lately. ... It will good for us to get back to the basics.”

The girls will return Jan. 4, 2010, for a home game against Fulton. Tip-off for the North Central Missouri Conference meeting will be at 7:30 p.m.

The boys will also kick off 2010 with a game against Fulton, but will have to play on the road. Hannibal will head down to the home of the Hornets Jan. 5, 2010. That game will start at 7:30 p.m.