Will play St. Pius X in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Lee's Summit High School starting at 6 p.m.
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team inched closer to a return trip to state tournament Wednesday night by beating the Pembroke Hill Lady Raiders 77-45 in a Class 3 Sectional game at Smith-Cotton High School.
The Lady Pirates, 19-8 on the season, will play St. Pius X of Kansas City in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament on Saturday at Lee’s Summit High School starting at 6 p.m.
St. Pius X knocked off Chillicothe 52-48 Wednesday night at Excelsior Springs High School.
Commenting on the game against Pembroke Hill, Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said pushing the tempo was high on their to do list since they only play 5-6 girls.
“We focused on getting out to a great start which we did behind a quick layup by Paige Renfrow and a three by Hannah Fuemmeler,” Hunziker said. “The girls did a great job of attacking their defenses by driving hard to the basket along with getting the ball inside to our posts. Abbie Lemmons did a great job coming off the bench tonight scoring 16 while her sister, Jamie, put up 13 of her own. Our guards were fantastic tonight with balanced scoring.
“Everyone stepped up to make sure we made another trip to the quarterfinals. Defensively, we wanted to make sure that they didn’t get too comfortable behind the arc so we worked the last couple of days of knowing who they would be looking for and where. Our defense was solid again tonight at every position. We have been playing great ball of late and know its going to take another great effort on Saturday to make a second consecutive trip to the Final Four.”
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville had five players in double figures against Pembroke Hill, or that they went on a 11-0 run to closeout the quarter to lead the Red Raiders 22-4.
Coach Hunziker also picked up some scoring from an unexpected player as senior Abbie Lemmons came off the bench to lead the Lady Pirates with 16 points along with two rebounds and one assist.
Paige Renfrow finished the game with 13 points along with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jamie Lemmons also had 13 points in addition to six rebounds and three steals while Hannah Fuemmeler added 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal and Brynn Edwards with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Millie Moyer chipped in eight points, four steals, three assists and one rebound while Camryn Monteer had two points, four steals, one assist and one rebound, Cali Jo McAreavy with two points and two rebounds and Jessica Luscombe with two rebounds.
With eight different players scoring in the game against Pembroke Hill, Hunziker also mixed and matched his players all night while starting only the first and second half with his starting five.
Of course it mattered little who was on the floor as Boonville pressured Pembroke Hill all night while forcing 21 turnovers.
The Lady Pirates also held their biggest lead of the half at the 3:44 mark when senior Millie Moyer scored two of her eight points to push the lead to 25 at 32-7. And if that wasn’t enough already, Boonville held a 20-18 advantage in the second quarter to lead at the break 44-22.
The second half was pretty much a carbon copy of the first-two periods as Boonville maintained its double digit lead by matching the Lady Red Raiders with 12 points to make it 54-34.
The fourth quarter, meanwhile, was a game of runs as Boonville reeled off eight straight during a one minute span to go up 67-39. Then, after a three by Pembroke Hill, the Lady Pirates reeled off another 10 in a row to extend the lead to 35 at 77-42.
Boonville also outscored Pembroke Hill 23-11 in the final period.
Jalynn Ervin had 19 points and Anya Loboda 10 for Pembroke Hill.
As for the shooting in the game, the Lady Pirates hit on 35 of 72 shots from the field for 49 percent and 5 of 8 from the foul line for 63 percent. As for Pembroke, they made 9 of 13 shots from the line for 69 percent.