The Boonville boys and girls basketball teams couldn't have asked for a better ending over the weekend in the Centralia Tournament.
After dropping heartbreakers earlier in the week, the Lady Pirates bounced back to capture their second trophy in as many tournaments by beating the host team in the consolation finals Friday 52-47. As for the Boonville boys basketball team, they also won the consolation trophy by turning back the North Callaway Thunderbirds 62-51.
While the win improved the Lady Pirates record to 4-2 overall, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said one thing the girls can take away from this week is that they are improving on closing out close games. "The last-three games have been great teaching tools on what is expected of the team down the stretch in close games," Hunziker said. "Defensive rebounding is still an area that needs to be stressed every day in practice and improved on in games. After playing a poor second quarter, it was great to see the girls pick up their play in the second half and hold on for the victory."
The Lady Pirates definitely had some work to do while trailing Centralia by two (29-27) at the break. Luckily for Boonville, they still had two quarters left to play and made the most of the opportunity by outscoring the Lady Panthers 25-18 in the second half for the victory.
Morgan Edwards, who was named to the all-tournament team, her second in as many tournaments, had 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead the Lady Pirates.
Addy Reardon, meanwhile, finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Millie Moyer added six points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal while Olivia Imhoff chipped in six points, two steals, two assists and one rebound, Ally Wessing with five points, six rebounds and one assist and Cassidy Renfrow with three points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Lady Pirates also had a productive night shooting the ball while hitting on 21 of 38 shots from the field for 55 percent and 9 of 14 from the foul line for 64 percent.
Centralia was led by Katie Crigler with 16 and Krista Armontrout with 15.
As for the Boonville boys basketball team, they led North Callaway from the first quarter on while taking a six-point lead (33-27) in at the half. The Pirates also outscored the Thunderbirds 29-24 in the final-two periods.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said his team played their best overall game of the year against North Callaway.
"I thought our athleticsm gave North Callaway fits all night," Floyd said. "We were able to get a season-high 12 steals in the game. Our on ball pressure continues to be one of our strengths, which allowed us to claim those 12 steals. Overall, it was a great week. We were able to get two wins in a very competitive tournament, and I thought we improved as a team this week. As a coach that is what you want your team to do."
Page 2 of 2 - Gauge Sharp led four players in double figures for Boonville, 4-2 on the season, with 17 points along with four rebounds and two assists.
Jay Barnhart had 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals while Damario Walker added 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Gus Kemp with 10 points, six steals, five rebounds and one assist, Tavious Brazil with eight points, five rebounds and one steal and Tyler Peterson with four points, one rebound and one assist.
For the game, Boonville also hit on 26 of 57 shots from the field for 46 percent and 8 of 16 from the foul line for 50 percent.
For North Callaway, Zac Eads had 17, Justin Murphy 13 and Jacob Haubner 10.