Will play Southern Boone tonight for the title starting at 6:15 p.m.
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team used turnabout as fair play Wednesday night in the 23rd annual California Invitational Tournament.
After losing to the California Lady Pintos in the season opener back on November 21st by a score of 45-39, the Lady Pirates have since reeled off 10 straight wins going into Wednesday’s game against California.
Make that 11 after the Lady Pirates dismantled the Pintos in what was a four-point game after three to win by a score of 55-39.
“Great WIN against the No. 9 state-ranked California Lady Pintos,” said Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker. “It was a very uptempo game from start to finish. We did a great job of handling their pressure throughout the game. Defensively we focused on keeping their best player Elizabeth Lutz in check and not letting her control the game. The girls stepped up to the challenge and kept her to only 13 points. Up only 4 going into the final quarter we did a great job of finishing the game compared to when we played them 1st game of the season. We knocked down some key free throws and shots to outscore California in the fourth by a score of 16-4.”
The Lady Pirates also knocked down some shots when they had to in the first quarter while hitting 6 of 15 shots in the first quarter. Boonville also trailed only once in the first-eight minutes as California led 4-2 with 6:47 left. But with both teams pushing the ball up the floor with every chance, the Lady Pirates looked to be a little quicker on this night while reeling off eight straight during a two-minute stretch to go up 10-4 with 3:50 remaining.
Boonville also led 14-8 after first period’s end.
As for the second quarter, that’s a different story as California outscored Boonville 13-10 to cut the lead at the half by a score of 24-21. But even then the Lady Pirates led by as much as seven at 20-13 after a three-point play by sophomore Jamie Lemmons to make it 20-13 with 5:16 left in the half.
However over the final five minutes of the half, California went on a 8-4 run to cut the lead back to three.
The Lady Pirates also hit on only 3 of 14 shots in the second quarter for 21 percent.
The third quarter was also close with Boonville outscoring California 15-14 to lead by four at 39-35.
Although the shooting was much better in the period as Boonville connected on 5 of 9 shots from the field, California continued to hang around while tying the game at one point at 24-all and then turning a five point deficit on five occasions to two at 36-34 with 1:24 left.
Senior Hannah Fuemmeler also scored seven of the team’s 15 points in the third for the Lady Pirates.
In the final period, California cut it to two at 39-37 with 6:02 left. However for the next-two minutes, Boonville came back and reeled off eight straight points (six by Jamie Lemmons) to extend the lead to 10 at 47-37 with 3:58 remaining.
California never got any closer than eight as Boonville closed out the game with eight unanswered points for the 16 point victory.
Fuemmeler finished the game with 16 points along with eight rebounds and five steals.
Jamie Lemmons had 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist while Camryn Monteer added 11 points, two steals and one rebound, Kate Peterson with seven points, five rebounds and four steals, Brynn Edwards with seven points, four assists and two rebounds, Jacey Fenton with three rebounds and Brooke Coleman with one rebound, one steal and one assist.
Boonville also finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 67 percent from the foul line.
For California, Elizabeth Lutz had 13 points and Gracie George with eight.