Nothing like perfection in the biggest game of the season thus far.
As the No. 1 seed entering the tournament Friday night in the 62nd Centralia Invitational Tournament, the Boonville Lady Pirates left little doubt after 32 minutes after dismantling the Macon Tigers 56-33.
While the lead reached as much as 32 points late in the third, the Lady Pirates still wound up winning by 23 after playing the bench for the entire fourth quarter.
“An overall great TEAM effort tonight,” said Boonville girls Jaryt Hunziker. “What a difference knocking down shots make compared to Wednesday night. We came out focused and got off to a great start which we needed especially for our confidence. Our defense was outstanding tonight and was probably the MVP of the game.
“The girls were relentless from the tip which made Macon uneasy and unsure with the ball. Camryn bounced back and had a much better game all around with 21 points, including three-three point field and six two point field goals. Congratulations to Brynn and Jamie for making All-Tournament Team, but also a huge congrats to the Lady Pirates for playing an overall outstanding game.”
With all 10 players seeing the floor during the game, the Lady Pirates wasted little time getting out in front of Macon with four straight points to start the game and eight straight points during a three minute stretch late in the period to extend the lead to 16-7.
Boonville was also relentless on the defensive end of the floor while forcing nine turnovers in the first eight minutes.
While dominating Macon in every facet of the game, the Lady Pirates continued to show no mercy in the second by outscoring Macon 18-3 to lead at the break 34-10.
In addition to scoring 18 points in the second, Boonville also hit 8 of 12 shots from the field for 67 percent.
Senior Camryn Monteer got hot in the second quarter by scoring 10 of her 21 points, which included back-to-back threes.
For the half, Boonville hit 15 of 27 shots from the field for 56 percent. As for Macon, the Lady Tigers closed out the half with just 10 points on three field goals and three free throws.
The second half was no different than the first-well at least the third quarter-as the Lady Pirates came out and outscored Macon 20-12 to extend the lead to 32 at 54-22.
Boonville again was on fire from the field in the third by hitting 9 of 13 shots while closing out the final four minutes and 32 seconds in the third on a 11-4 run.
The Lady Pirates also shared the wealth in the third with five different players finding the basket.
Meanwhile, in the fourth with a running clock to start the period, Boonville scored the first basket on 12 footer by junior Lawren Luscombe to make it 56-22. However for the rest of the game with the starters on the bench, Macon went on a 11-0 run to close the gap.
Monteer finished the game with 21 points along with six steals and one rebound.
Jamie Lemmons had eight points, nine rebounds and two assists while Kate Peterson added eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Brynn Edwards added eight points, four assists and two steals, Jodie Bass five points, Jalyn Schnetzler four points, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Lawren Luscombe two points, Kennedy Renfrow two steals and one rebound and Madison Lenz with one assist.
Totals for the game had the Lady Pirates hitting 26 of 45 shots from the field for 58 percent but only 1 of 5 from the foul line for 20 percent.
For Macon, Bailey Cox and Paige Hawkins each had eight points while Lauren Chambers tossed in five.
In other games on Friday, the North Callaway girls defeated Sturgeon 48-47 in the third place game while the Centralia girls edged Salisbury 48-43 in the consolation finals.
Edwards and Lemmons also made the All-Tournament team for Boonville.
Other players selected to the all-tournament team were Allie Schueleter and Kyla Bertschinger of North Callaway, Lauren Mills and Emma Bright of Sturgeon, Paige Hawkins and Bailey Cox of Macon, Olivia Eikel of Centralia and Brynn Wooldridge of Salisbury.