Boonville overpowers Lady Hornets

Fulton head coach TJ Quick preaches her desire to see her team play “Hornet basketball” each and every time out.

The Lady Hornets’ North Central Missouri Conference clash with the Boonville Lady Pirates, unfortunately, was not what she had in mind.

Fulton was blitzed early on by Boonville’s size and defensive pressure, and never quite got in sync as the Lady Hornets were roughed up by the Lady Pirates 71-41 on Saturday afternoon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Boonville — which received votes in last week’s Missouri Basketball Coaches Association/ Class 3 state poll — scored the game’s first seven points. Fulton finally got on the scoreboard when sophomore guard Baileigh Horstmeier hit a short jumper with 4 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Lady Hornets (3-8, 1-2 NCMC) would get the margin back to five points once again on a jumper from sophomore forward NaShayla Brandt to make it 9-4, and had the chance to rebound a miss by the Lady Pirates and cut the deficit down even further. But Boonville — in what would become a recurring theme throughout the game — kept the possession alive with a pair of offensive rebounds before junior center Morgan Edwards scored on a putback.

Edwards was fouled on the play by Lady Hornets sophomore guard Sloane Totta and completed the three-point play to put the Lady Pirates up 12-4 at the 2:44 mark.

Fulton found itself down 18-6 after one quarter and was then outscored 25-8 in the second quarter as Boonville expanded its lead to 43-14 at halftime.

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