Lady Pirates to play Macon for title on Friday

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team found out that no game is ever easy.
Take the semifinal round Wednesday night in the 62nd annual Centralia Tournament. As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Lady Pirates struggled all night offensively while shooting 37 percent but in the end it was good enough to beat No. 4 Sturgeon 44-37.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 4-1 on the season, will now play No. 3 Macon for the title on Friday starting at 8 p.m. Macon defeated No. 2 North Callaway 60-52. In other games, Centralia out-lasted Hallsville 57-37 in the consolation semis while Salisbury throttled Harrisburg 53-22.
Centralia will play Salisbury in the consolation finals on Friday starting at 5 p.m., followed by Sturgeon versus North Callaway in the third place game at 6 p.m.
“We got off to a very slow start and Sturgeon took advantage of it going up 10-4 after one quarter,” said Boonville girls coach Jaryt Hunziker. “We struggled all night from behind the arc which would have helped spread out Sturgeon’s zone defense and open up more inside. Sturgeon did a nice job of helping in the post on Jamie Lemmons. When you are not hitting outside shots and they are helping take away your touches inside most nights that doesn’t fair well for your team. We just did enough tonight to pull one out. There were spirts where we are defense looked really good and allowed us some transition points but those were few. It was nice getting Jamie Lemmons back on the court after sitting out the first four games due to a shoulder procedure. We are going to expect big things from her throughout the season.”
Nothing seemed to work in the first quarter as the Lady Pirates trailed Sturgeon 10-4. However, in the second period, Boonville began to find its way to the basket a little more while outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 15-7 to go up 19-17.  Boonville never trailed from that point on in the game and held a 17-10 advantage in the third to extend the lead to 36-27. Meanwhile, in the final period, Sturgeon outscored Boonville 10-8.
In her first game back since having shoulder surgery, junior Jamie Lemmons didn’t seem to miss a beat while finishing with a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She also had four assists and one steal.
Brynn Edwards finished the game with 14 points, four steals, two rebounds and one assist while Kate Peterson added four points, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists, Jodie Bass four points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Camryn Monteer three points, three assists, two steals and one rebound, Jalyn Schnetzler two points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist and Hana Cook with three rebounds.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 17 of 46 shots from the field and 6 of 14 shots frodm the foul line for 43 percent.
Sturgeon was led by Mills with 11 points and Ellington with 10.