One-half point. That’s all that separated the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team and Osage Saturday in the final-team standings in the School of the Osage Tournament.
Osage captured first with a total of 10 1/2 points while Boonville finished a close second with 10 points. Mexico, meanwhile, placed third with 3 1/2 points and Richland fourth with 3 points.
Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said the  girls played excellent tennis all day.
“Playing in a true double elimination flighted tournament was a challenge on many levels, but our players worked hard in each match and were very successful,” Green said. “Gerlach/Shipman learned during their marathon second and third matches to handle themselves mentally. Their determiniation and grit - along with some great serving - in the final set pulled them through. Leathers and Kempf played better tennis together than they have in a while and really emerged with a new found strength and compatibility. Each stepped up to lead and to be aggressive. Williams played more fundamentally solid tennis than she has all season - her improvement is evident in the fact that she took Osage's true number 1 player to deuce in almost every game of each set they played. Xufuris' strokes were excellent and as long as she was playing her aggressive transition game, she won points playing the net and showed a lot of strength. With two firsts and two seconds and with Osage having two firsts, a second and a third place, it would seem we should have finished at a higher spot than second.”
The Lady Pirates also held their own in both singles and doubles on Saturday.
In doubles, Boonville captured first at both the No. 1 and 2 positions. As the No. 1 seed in both positions, the No. 1 team of Kelsey Gerlach and Amy Shipman finished 3-1 in the tournament by beating Richland’s Bunnell and Pemberton 8-0 and then winning two out of three matches against the team of Ruck and Grasshoff of Osage 8-1 and 9-7. In their only loss in the tournament, the duo fell to the team of Ruck and Grasshoff 8-6.
As for the No. 2 doubles team of Jessica Leathers and Stephanie Kempf, they were perfect on the day in three matches by beating Richland’s Britt and Dominique 8-1, Carson and Smith of Osage 8-3 and Wortmann and Carr of Mexico 8-4.
Meanwhile, in singles, the Lady Pirates finished second at both the No. 1 and 2 slots.
At No. 1 singles, Kristen Williams finished 2-2 by beating Richland’s Sarah Buckley 8-3 and 8-5 and then losing to Osage’s Hannah Bayshore 8-0 and 8-2. Williams entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, as did Jordan Xufuris, who also took second at the No. 2 position by beating Richland’s Amy Belline 8-5 and 8-2 and losing to Osage’s Katlyn Ruck 8-6 and 8-1.