After losing Monday night on a last second shot at the buzzer against the Salisbury Panthers in the opening round of the Centralia Tournament, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had another memorable game last night in the consolation semifinals against the Hallsville Indians.
Except this time the Lady Pirates prevailed in overtime against Hallsville 51-48.
While improving to 3-2 on the season, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said for being very young, the girls are having to grow up fast by experiencing multiple tight games early in the season. “We did a better job a times tonight of managing the clock and valuing every possession knowing how important each were. We still have to do a better job of knocking down free throws down the stretch to help widen our lead. For our confidence it was a great win.”
The Lady Pirates will now play Centralia in the consolation finals on Friday, Dec. 7th starting at 5 p.m. Centralia beat Southern Boone of Ashland last night by a score of 61-30.
Of course the first-three quarters last night belonged to Boonville, who led Hallsville 10-7 after one, 25-22 at the half and 35-30 after three. However, in the final period, Hallsville made a run against Boonville by outscoring the Lady Pirates 13-8 to tie the game at 43-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, Boonville wasn’t going to be denied while rallying back with a 8-5 advantage for the victory.
Morgan Edwards led three players in double figures for Boonville with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Millie Moyer finished the game with 11 points, seven steals and two rebounds while Aly Wessing added 10 points, three rebounds and one steal, Olivia Imhoff with six points and three steals, Cassidy Renfrow with four points, one rebound and one steal, Addy Reardon with two points, three rebounds and three steals and Carley Esser with two points, two steals and one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 17 of 49 shots from the field for 35 percent and 17 of 34 from the foul line for 50 percent.
Hallsville was led by Jordan Dinyer with 22 and Michelle Gall with 14.
In other games last night, No. 4 Macon defeated top-seeded Sturgeon 41-27 while No. 2 North Callaway beat No. 3 Salisbury 50-38.
Tournament action will continue on Friday, Dec. 7th, with Boonville playing Centralia for consolation at 5 p.m., followed by Sturgeon versus Salisbury in the third-place game at 6:30 and Macon versus North Callaway for the title at 8.