Boonville girls beat Centralia 49-20; boys prevail over Salisbury 70-58
For the second year in a row, the Boonville Pirates basketball team can lay claim as the best after capturing the championship in the annual Centralia Tournament Saturday night by beating the Salisbury Panthers 70-58.
In a rematch of last year’s championship game, the Pirates not only won the title for the second year in a row but also remained unbeaten on the season after six starts.
Of course the Pirates weren’t the only team to come away with a title. The Lady Pirates also secured that bid one night earlier by leading the No. 2 Centralia Panthers from start to finish for a convincing 49-20 victory.
Although some had Salisbury in an upset over Boonville based on the two games previously by the Pirates, the boys in blue had different thoughts while leading the Panthers at the end of each quarter.
Boonville also outscored Salisbury in all four quarters not to mention that four players finished the game in double figures.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said what a week. “We win the first round game by two points; come from 10 down in the fourth quarter to win the semifinal game and then top off the week by winning the Centralia Tournament,” Floyd said. “I could not be happier for a fine group of young men for winning the championship and starting off the year 6-0. The kids faced all kinds of adversity on the floor this week but our resolve allowed us to win. The two close games in the first-two rounds of the tournament showed that we are a team of great character. The final game tonight showed that we can win in a big environment when a championship is on the line.”
It’s hard to question Floyd after the performance the Pirates put on, especially after rallying from a 8-2 deficit in the first quarter. But like the first-two games in the tournament, Boonville found a way by reeling off 11 straight points during a three minute stretch in the first to lead by three at 15-12.
Although the first eight minutes were pretty close on paper, the second quarter was just as close as Boonville outscored Salisbury 15-14 to lead at the break by a score of 30-26. The Panthers also tried to stop the offensive firepower of Boonville by using a 1-2-2 zone throughout the game.
And for a minute stretch in the second it worked as Salisbury led by three at 26-23 with 1:30 left. However a 7-0 run for the rest of the half took care of that as the Pirates surged ahead by four.
As for the second half, the Pirates had a good third quarter by outscoring Salisbury 18-13. Boonville also led by as much as nine on three different occasions at 44-35, 46-37 and 48-39. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville and Salisbury combined for a total of 41 points with the Pirates leading by as much as 13 on two occasions at 58-45 after a three by senior Ryan Beaver and 60-47 after a basket underneath by junior Avery Reardon.
Floyd said the guards caught fire in the third and fourth quarters and hit some big buckets that allowed the Pirates to extend the lead in a tight game. “The second half shooting success was predicated on good ball movement and good decision making,” Floyd said. “We were hesitant in the first half to attack the zone, but in the second we found creases and were able to get to the rim and get some runouts, which is the pace at which we like to play.”
Riley Lang led the scoring attack for Boonville with 20 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Alec Adair had 16 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds while Ryan Beaver added 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, Avery Reardon with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, Nick Zeitlow six points, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist, Gio Strickland two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal and Brandon Johnson with one point.
Lang and Adair were also named to the all-tournament team for the Pirates.
For Salisbury, Garrett Francis had 22 points, Gavin Ramsey 17 and Evan Fessler 15.
As for the Lady Pirates basketball team, they also had one of its better games while leading Centralia from start to finish.
While improving to 4-1 on the season, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he was very proud of the way the girls handled business by winning the tournament championship.
“I was very impressed with our defensive effort for the entire game, it was by far the difference make tonight,” Hunziker said. “Brynn Edwards length gave Centralia a lot of problems through the game, especially when they were trying to get their best player the ball at the high post. Offensively, our guards did a great job of helping Jamie establish her interior game tonight, where she had over half our points with 25. We moved the ball well against their 2-3 zone and got the ball in high percentage scoring area.”
Forcing 24 turnovers didn’t hurt, either. But while applying ball pressure at mid-court for most of their turnovers, Boonville also picked it up on the offensive end while reeling off 10 straight in the first to lead 17-5.
The Lady Pirates never trailed after that while pushing the lead to 15 at 22-7 with 2:33 left in the half.
Boonville also outscored Centralia 9-6 in the second to lead at the break by a score of 26-13.
The second half was pretty much all Boonville as the Lady Pirates came out and reeled off 14 straight points to start the period to extend the lead to 42-15. Meanwhile, in the final period with a running clock, Boonville outscored Centralia 7-5 to win by 29.
Jamie Lemmons had 25 points, six rebounds and two steals in the game for Boonville. Camryn Monteer chipped in six points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists while Hannah Fuemmeler added six points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals, Brynn Edwards six points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Kate Peterson five points, five rebounds and three steals and Jacey Fenton one point, one rebound, one steal and one assist.
Olivia Eickel had the team high for Centralia with six points.
Jamie Lemmons, Hannah Fuemmeler and Camryn Monteer were also named to the all-tournament team for the Lady Pirates.