Last week, both the girls and boys basketball seasons came to an end as both teams fell during the district semi-finals.

#2 Adisen Wren puts it up for two

After defeating Blair Oaks in the district quarterfinals on Monday, Feb. 26th, the girls varsity traveled to Eldon on Wednesday, Feb. 28th where they fell to the Owensville Dutchgirls in the semifinals.

Owensville began with a comfortable lead, 18-7 at the end of the 1st quarter as the Lady Eagles struggled to score on Owensville defense.

Every time Southern Boone gained ground and tried to close the score gap, Owensville answered with several three-pointers and kept the upper hand, ending the game with a final score of 38-22. It was a hard loss to the team, especially being the final game for several seniors.

#10 Chloe Bukowsky fought for every shot against Owensville defense

Chloe Bukowsky broke April Ash’s record (1996) for most points scored in a single-season with 560 and averaged 20.7 points per game. She finished her career with over 1,350 career points, which is 3rd all-time in Southern Boone’s 5v5 era.

#35 Gracie Britton and #42 Emma Glass

Head Coach Damon Wren expresses his gratitude for the team’s commitment and wishes the best for the seniors:

“Our season didn’t turn out like we hoped, but I was proud of our effort day in and day out and our never-give-up mentality! We finished the season 12-15 with one of the toughest schedules in Class 4! Went 3-3 in the Tri-County, and were Southern Boone Classic Tournament Champs! I was so proud of our two seniors Chloe Bukowsky and Emma Glass for the way they led our program all year long! They will truly be missed!”

#11 Sadie Ahern

#35 Gracie Britton

#2 Adisen Wren for three

The boys varsity faced the Boonville Pirates in the district semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 29th.

#14 Richard Oyewole wins the tip-off

#3 Chase Morris shoots his signature layup move

The team was off to a slow start and struggled to score against the Booneville defense, trailing 2-20 at the end of the first quarter. However, the boys picked up speed and gained back much ground as they stepped up on defense and held the Pirates to only 4 points during the 2nd quarter, trailing only slightly at the half 19-24.

#21 Kellen Ash

The Eagles made a comeback and took the lead with three minutes left in the 3rd quarter after Jace Wren scored a three-pointer, bringing the score to 32-30 Eagles.

#4 Jace Wren hits a three-pointer to take the lead in the third quarter

A battle ensued for the rest of the game with both teams taking back-and-forth leads in the final minutes. The Eagles fought to the last second but a series of fouls put the Pirates at an advantage with free throw scores, bringing the final to 48-43 Boonville.

Head Coach Andrew Jahnsen expresses his appreciation for the team:

“2023-24 boys basketball season came to the end Thursday night in the semi-finals of districts in a highly competitive back and forth game with the Boonville Pirates. The Eagles finished the season with a 19-7 record, 2nd place finish in the Eugene Tournament, and Owensville Tournament Champions. This team was competitive all year and I couldn’t be more proud of what they accomplished. Each and every night they were competitive, and continued to fight to the end. We are going to miss the seniors and their passion and leadership and wish them nothing but the best in all future endeavors.”

Congratulations to these Eagle Athletes for finishing the season strong!

#13 Brayden Beckmann

The cheerleaders and the “Mob Squad” turned up in full support

#4 Jace Wren