The Hannibal Lady Pirates were in command from start to finish and defeated Kirksville 54-36 for their first home win of the season at Korf Gymnasium on Friday.

WHAT HAPPENED

The Hannibal Lady Pirates were in command from start to finish and defeated Kirksville 54-36 for their first home win of the season at Korf Gymnasium on Friday.

THE TURNING POINT

Autumn Bigsby sunk a pair of free throws to cap a 10-2 Hannibal run that put the Lady Pirates ahead 29-17 with 4 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Thanks to the scoring burst, Hannibal led by 11 going to the fourth.

Sophmore Keri Bareis knocked home a 3-pointer halfway through the final period to put the Lady Pirates ahead by 16, and Kaylee Falconer dished an assist to senior Hannah Deien to grow Hannibal’s lead to 52-32 with less than three minutes to go.

Hannibal held onto its big cushion the rest of the contest to seal the conference victory. 

STAT LEADERS

Falconer led Hannibal with 17 points, while Bigsby netted nine and Deien scored eight. Mackenzie Coleman scored six points, and Bareis finished with five.

Hannah Meyer led Kirksville with 12 points. 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“It’s so amazing,” Deien said. “We’ve been on a losing streak recently, and it’s been a long time since we won at home, so it feels great. Sometimes, we get away from ourselves in the fourth quarter, but we just had to keep doing what we had been doing the whole game and we finished it out.”

“After our loss to Mexico last week, that was tough, so this was good for us to come back,” Falconer said. “Our defense was the main thing. We kept our passes good and limited turnovers. We played as a team tonight, and we’ll just continue to get better.”

“Last year at about this time we had gone well over a calendar year since we had a home win,” Hannibal coach Ben Jamerson said. “It’s nice to get one on homecoming. It’s nice to get the sweep against Kirksville, a team that has ravaged us for years and years and years. To be able to take care of business against them this time around in a similar fashion as the way we did the first time, I was just proud of the girls’ effort.”

WHAT’S NEXT

Hannibal (6-11, 3-4 NCMC) hosts Boonville at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.