Will play Blair Oaks in title game on Friday starting at 6 p.m.
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team survived to play another day after holding off a scrappy Southern Boone team 55-43 Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament at Blair Oaks High School.
With a two-point decision deciding the last outcome between the two schools, Boonville winning 53-50 in OT, the thought Wednesday night was pretty much the same.
Except this time, the Lady Pirates had Southern Boone on a neutral court with the stakes much higher. Of course the game was anything but clean as both teams combined for 33 turnovers. The Lady Eagles also out-rebounded Boonville 30-24.
Nonetheless, the Lady Pirates will be moving on to the championship game as the top seed against third-seeded Blair Oaks, who knocked off a depleted California team 48-21.
The championship game will be held on Friday starting at 6 p.m.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 24-3 overall, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said it was a game of runs by both sides.
“After going up 11 at the break we knew that Southern Boone had the capability to make a run themselves,” Hunziker said. “With Morgan Edwards on the bench with three fouls to start the second half, Southern Boone came out hitting key shots to take the lead. At the timeout we knew all we had to do was settle down and get a score to get things going for us. We got refocused and started making plays along with getting stops on defense. The girls did a great job of getting Morgan the ball inside when we needed high percentage shots. Hannah Fuemmeler had a great game coming off the bench and hitting some key shots when we needed them. Down the stretch, Imhoff, Peterson and Edwards knocked down free throws to seal the win. We are very excited to be representing Boonville in the district championship game on Friday.”
Blair Oaks will also be looking for revenge after falling in the semifinal round of the Eugene Tournament to Boonville back on December 4th by a score of 61-28.
With both Boonville and Southern Boone relying on their defense for points, the Lady Pirates appeared to get the better of the Eagles early on while leading 14-6 after first period’s end.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville converted on 7 of 14 shots from the field in the first quarter of that they out-rebounded Southern Boone 9-6.
What did matter, however, is that junior post player Morgan Edwards took a spot on the bench after picking up her second foul at the 1:42 mark.
As expected, the second quarter was just as close as the first. Boonville outscored Southern Boone 15-12 but eight of those 15 came during a four-minute stretch in which junior Olivia Imhoff caught fire with six points to push the lead to 12 at 25-13 with 1:54 left.
Another pivotal point in the period came at the 5:06 mark when Edwards came off the bench. After Southern Boone cut the lead to four at 17-13, the Lady Pirates went on a 12-5 run for the rest of the period to lead at the half by a score of 29-18.
Needless to say the game was far from being over at that point, especially after Southern Boone came out in the third quarter and reeled off 16 straight points to go up by five at 34-29 with 2:40 left.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville started the half 0 for 8 from the field or that Edwards sat on the bench for most of the quarter with three fouls.
However, after back-to-back baskets by freshman Paige Renfrow and Edwards to close the gap to within one (35-34) at the end of the period, Boonville came out in the fourth quarter and took the lead for good with two baskets again by Edwards to make it 39-34.
The Lady Eagles didn’t go down without a fight, though. After outscoring Boonville 16-6 with four threes in the third period, Southern Boone rallied back again with a three by senior Kelsey Randle to cut the lead to two at 39-37 with 5:03 remaining. But from that point on, the Lady Pirates controlled the paint in spite of Edwards picking up her fourth foul and outscored Southern Boone 14-6 for the victory.
Boonville also converted on 7 of 10 shots from the line in the final period. But more importantly, with the game on the line, the Lady Pirates outscored Southern Boone 20-9.
Edwards finished the game with a double-double for Boonville with 19 points and 10 rebounds along with two steals.
Olivia Imhoff tallied 12 points, three steals and two rebounds while Hannah Fuemmeler came off the bench with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists, Aly Wessing with eight points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Paige Renfrow with four points, three steals, two assists and one rebound, Paige Peterson with two points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, Millie Moyer with three steals, three assists and two rebounds and Cassidy Renfrow with two rebounds.
Boonville also finished the game hitting 23 of 41 shots from the field for 56 percent and 7 of 10 from the foul line for 70 percent.
For Southern Boone, Kylie Shoot and Kelsey Randle each had 12 points.