The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team had one last chance to make a state while competing in the Class 1 District 8 Individual Tournament Saturday in Marshall.
After failing to qualify in the team portion of the district tournament, the Lady Pirates also struggled in the individual portion of the tournament by losing three out of four matches in the opening round.
As for the one team that moved on to the second round, senior Kelsie Williams and freshman Jessica Leathers finished 1-1 in the tournament by beating Carrollton’s Mady Fry and Shelby Persinger in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.  However, in the second round against Moberly’s No. 2 seed Amber Morris and Kelsey Fanning, the duo fell in straight sets by the scores of 6-0, 6-2.
Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said Williams and Leathers came on strong and with confidence after a good first match. “Their confidence grew and they had some excellent games against the No. 2 tournament seed from Moberly,” Green said. “They were up 2-1 at the beginning of the second set and really played some smart tennis, but weren’t quite as seasoned in the longer points.”
In other matches in the tournament, No. 1 singles player Amy Shipman fell to Marshall’s Amanda Harrelson in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Meanwhile, at No. 2 singles, senior Amanda Cook lost to Moberly’s Aleesa Wolf by the scores of 6-1, 6-2.
As for the No. 1 doubles team of Kelsey Gerlach and Carley Esser, they fell in two straight against Allie Freeland and Katie Kuttenkuler of Kirksville by the scores of 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
Green said the girls played hard and used a lot of the strategy they have been working on all season.
“The scores don’t really reflect the level of play from our girls,” Green said. “Cook went to break point in almost every game she played and was placing the ball well. Shipman had a little trouble finding a rhythm against an opponent who didn’t hit with her pace, but showed her strengths even when she committed errors. Gerlach/Esser’s match was a teetering match back and forth and with one or two fewer errors, the score could have easily been flipped for them.”
In the singles championship, Marshall’s Taylor Crawford defeated Moberly’s Emily McCarter in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
Meanwhile, in doubles,  Amber Morris and Kelsey Fanning of Moberly beat Payton Beeler and Idalia Auguilar of Marshall in two 6-2, 6-4.