The Lady Pioneers came to play on Senior Night in their Jan. 25 game against the 12th ranked Washington Lady Hatchets, but their efforts weren’t enough to get the victory as Washington prevailed winning by the score of 56-51. The loss snaps the Lady Pioneers five game winning streak.
“I thought our girls competed for 32 minutes. We got a little fatigued (later in the game). Now out focus is to get healthy and finish strong this last week before sectionals,” Boonville coach Jason Gansman said.
The Lady Pioneers started the game with a 9-2 lead. Washington made a comeback toward the end of the quarter thanks in large part to Kencia Levasseur. The sophomore scored on several drives to the basket or forcing the Lady Pioneers to foul sending her to the free throw line. She finished the game with 20 points including nine free throws. In the first quarter, she scored three easy buckets in the paint.
The Lady Hatchets took the lead midway through the second quarter and outscored the Lady Pioneers, 15-5, to put themselves up 26-20 at half.
Washington opened the third with a basket by Alaina Thorne to increase their lead to eight, though the Lady Pioneers were far from finished. Midway through the third freshman Jiya Einerwold, who is no stranger to hitting big shots at key points of games for Boonville, did it again hitting a three to close the lead to 32-29. The Lady Pioneers were within one on their next basket by De’sheonna Foster.
The Lady Hatchets ended the quarter on a run and Boonville was no closer than three in the fourth to close things out.
The Lady Pioneers have come along way over the past three seasons — just ask Boonville’s lone senior Ramey Wilder. While Washington ended Boonville’s five game winning streak, the Lady Pioneers only won five games all season during Wilder’s sophomore year. Despite the growing pains, Wilder never wavered in seeing the potential in her team during her underclassman years.
“I’m not surprised at how far we’ve grown because even though we only won five games my sophomore year, we had the pieces so building it over my junior and now my senior year I knew if we just continued to build our character and building our team we would come away with a way better record,” Wilder said.
Wilder seemed to have an eagerness against Washington. She scored Boonville’s first six points and came up with a key steal and layup in the fourth to bring the Lady Pioneers to within four at that point in the game.
“I always come into the game with some energy (this season) as I know I won’t be playing basketball in college. So I just try to embrace the moment and play to the best of my ability every game,” Wilder added.
Wilder is Boonville’s second leading scorer, averaging 13 points per game. She has committed to compete in track at Purdue Fort Wayne next season. Against Washington, she led Boonville in scoring with 17.