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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Lady Pirates fall in opening round against Centralia, 46-26

  • Boonville boys play tonight against Hallsville starting at 6 p.m.
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  • The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had one of those games last night against Centralia in the opening round of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament at Southern Boone of Ashland.
    With the winner to move on to the semifinal round and the loser to go home and pack their things for the rest of the season, the Lady Pirates were the ones doing the packing after falling to Centralia 46-26.
    While closing out the season at 7-18 overall, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said when it comes to the postseason it's all about effort and the team didn't play with much.
    "We had too many turnovers, missed shots, and got out-hustled," Hunziker said. "We were not mentally into the game from the beginning. In the first half, Centralia gave us many opportunities to get back into it but we didn't take advantage of them."
    In other games last night in the tournament, top-seeded Blair Oaks cruised past eighth seeded Southern Boone 60-18 while No. 2 California defeated No. 7 Eugene 49-22. In the only upset last night, No. 6 Versailles took down No. 3 Hallsville 47-32.
    Blair Oaks will play Centralia in the semifinal round on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. while California battles Versailles in the second game at 7:30.
    Tournament action will continue on the boys side of the bracket tonight, with No. 1 Blair Oaks playing Centralia at 4:30 p.m., followed by Hallsville versus Boonville at 6, Southern Boone versus Versailles at 7:30 and Eugene versus California at 9.
    While turning the ball over 26 times in the game against Centralia, the Lady Pirates were also dismal at best when it came to shooting the ball while hitting on only 10 of 31 shots from the field for 32 percent and 4 of 11 from the foul line for 36 percent.
    Of course it didn't help that Centralia came out and scored the game's first 10 points or that Boonville started the game 0 for 4 from the field with five turnovers.
    Nonetheless, after scoring their first basket of the game at the 2:54 mark on a three from sophomore Addy Reardon to make it 10-3, the Lady Pirates matched Centralia with three points for the rest of the period to trail 13-6.
    The second quarter was just as bad as the first as Centralia outscored Boonville 5-3 to lead at the half by a score of 18-9.
    While hitting only 3 of 15 shots from the field in the first half, the Lady Pirates continued to miss at will in the third quarter as Centralia held a 20-9 advantage to extend the lead to 20 at 38-18.
    Boonville also had just one instance in the third period where they scored backi-to-back baskets. The Lady Panthers, meanwhile, had spurts where they put together runs of five points twice and another six in a row during a two-point span.
    Page 2 of 2 - That's the bad news. The good news is that Boonville matched Centralia point for point with eight in the final period but still trailed by as much as 22.
    Krista Armountrout had 13 points and Kailee Chitwood 10 for Centralia, who lost to Boonville back in December by a score of 52-47.
    For Boonville, Cassidy Renfrow finished the game as the high scorer with 10 points along with four rebounds and one assist.
    Addy Reardon added seven points, three steals and one assist while Aly Wessing had six points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists, Cali McAreavy with two points, Olivia Imhoff with one point, three rebounds and three assists, Morgan Edwards with four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Carley Esser with two rebounds, one steal and one assist and Millie Moyer with one rebound.

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