The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had the unthinkable happen last night in the opening round of the 57th annual Centralia Invitational Basketball Tournament.
While leading third-seeded Salisbury for pretty much the entire game, the Lady Pirates just so happened to be on the wrong end of a 53-50 loss after the Lady Panthers hit a shot at the buzzer just inside the half-court line.
In other games last night in the tournament, top-seeded Sturgeon defeated No. 8 Southern Boone 53-19 while No. 2 North Callaway turned back No. 7 Hallsville 55-43. No. 4 Macon also beat No. 5 Centralia 31-20.
Tournament action will continue tonight on the boys side of the bracket, with No. 2 Southern Boone playing No. 7 North Callaway at 4:30 p.m., followed by No. 4 Hallsville versus No. 5 Boonville at 6, No. 1 Salisbury versus No. 8 Macon at 7:30 and No. 3 Sturgeon versus No. 6 Centralia at 9.
While the loss dropped the Boonville girls to 2-2 overall, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said it’s always devastating to lose a game like that when you know it should have been a win and never came down to that. “We need to be able to hold our ground on defense and get stops to make it a multi possession game at the end,” Hunziker said. “We are definitely getting better each game, that’s why the loss was so disappointing. We work hard to put ourselves in a position to win but let it slip through our fingers.”
The Lady Pirates definitely had their chances last night while leading Salisbury 18-17 after one, 30-25 at the half and 37-34 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Salisbury rallied back with a 19-13 advantage for the victory.
Hannah Nicolay led three players in double figures for Salisbury with 16 points while Sabrina Burris added 15 and Sarah Willhite with 11.
For Boonville, Morgan Edwards had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds along with three steals.
Olivia Imhoff finished the game with 10 points, five steals and two assists while Cassidy Renfrow added eight points, five rebounds and one assist, Millie Moyer with seven points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, Addy Reardon with five points, seven steals, three rebounds and two assists, Aly Wessing with two points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists and Carley Esser with two rebounds.
As for the shooting in the game, the Lady Pirates hit on 21 of 50 shots from the field for 42 percent and 6 of 14 from the foul line for 43 percent.