The Boonville boys and girls junior varsity basketball teams fell in the opening round of the Southern Boone JV Tournament on Wednesday.
While the Lady Pirates dropped a 28-24 score against Southern Boone, the Boonville boys had a little tougher time while falling to Centralia by a score of 63-35.
The Lady Pirates, 1-3 on the season, led SBC 9-5 after first period’s end but was outscored 4-0 in the second as the Eagles rallied back to tie the game at 9-all. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Boonville again outscored SBC 5-4 to go up 14-13 only to have the Lady Eagles storm back in the final period with a 15-10 advantage for the victory.
Boonville coach Alex Wendel said the girls started really strong. “We came out with good intensity on the defensive end and Sophi got us started on offense, but then we went quiet until the fourth quarter,” Wendell said. “Our intensity was not very high and we didn’t do a good job moving the ball on offense. Southern Boone out-hustled us. We gave up too many easy shots on defense and then had trouble scoring on offense. The girls didn’t quit and came back to make it a game at the end.”
Sophi Waibel had 14 points to lead all scorers for Boonville. Brooke Eichelberger chipped in seven and Taylor Frederick three.
As for the Boonville JV boys, they trailed from the opening tip against Centralia as the Panthers led 34-14 at the half and 47-27 after three quarters of play. Centralia also held a 16-8 advantage in the final period.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was a tough game for the Pirates.
“We struggled to find any consistent scoring option,” Hill said. “Our defense in the 1st quarter was pretty bad.  We started the second quarter down 15 and never recovered.  One positive we can take from this loss is that we came out after halftime and played much better than we did in the first half.  Centralia really came out of the gates aggressive and poured it on us in the first half.  Losing is part of the game.  You have to lose to be truly tested.  Losing forces teams to grow.  We have to move on from this loss and concentrate on how we come back and prepare to win again.”
Max Hunter and Jackson Wells each had 11 for Centralia.
For Boonville, Nick Ferrari tallied eight, Nathan Platt seven, Gabe Lorenz six, Tyler Schuster five, Tayshaun Bledsoe four, Brock Nowlin three and Francesco Bona with two.