HANNIBAL | The Hannibal girls basketball team was firing on all cylinders in their homecoming win over visiting Kirksville on Friday.
Hannibal was in control from the start of the game and went into halftime with an commanding 32-9 lead. The Pirates were able to coast to a 47-28 win over Kirksville.
“We didn't have any slow-up time getting started and getting warmed up into things,” said Hannibal head coach Evan Cerven. “We were able to come out and execute our game plan on both ends of the floor at a really high level. Probably the best start I think we had this season.”
Going into the game, the Pirates were coming off a disappointing home loss to Macon on Tuesday, after a upset win over Monroe City last Friday.
Cerven said he was happy his team was able to move on from Tuesday's loss.
“I was kind of worried about that, didn't know if (the loss) would linger,” Cerven said. “Keep it in the back of our head. We turned the page and moved on, and turned ourselves in a good team win.
Hannibal put forth a strong defensive effort in Friday's win over Kirksville, holding them to just 28 points.
“We have been stressing communication and in our bad defensive nights, we were not talking to a soul for all game long,” Cerven said. “We started out executing our game plan on defense for everybody. All five of our players are communicating and playing hard for full possessions on defense.”
Sophomore Bella Falconer and senior Emma Deien led Hannibal in scoring with 11 points each.
The Pirates spread their offense around, with nine different players scoring for them.
“We have been telling everybody to look to score,” Cerven said. “It doesn't have to always be coming from one or two people all night long. Tonight, we got to spread out the scoring and showcase the skills of a lot of different girls, so it was good to see.”
Kirksville had seven different players score, with junior guard Kenslie Stufflebean leading the team with six points.
The Pirates are now 12-7 after their homecoming win over the Tigers.
Up next – Hannibal will host Moberly on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.
Scoring by quarter
HAN – 16 | 16 | 6 | 9 – 47
KV – 4 | 5 | 10 | 9 – 28