Will play Sherwood in the semifinal round on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m.
If the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team wanted to make a statement Monday night in the opening round of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament in Versailles, they couldn’t have been more clear while throttling the eight-seeded Versailles Lady Tigers 95-26.
Although the next round will be a little more difficult as Boonville’s takes on fourth-seeded Sherwood, who won over fifth-seeded Holden 45-37, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said he talked before the game about setting the tone right away.
“We talked about us this week and I believe we did in the first minute of the game,” Hunziker said. “The girls have been ready for this week in some time now so they came ready to play. All 13 girls got playing time with the starters getting limited time in the second half and at times in the half. Everyone contributed tonight which was great to see as a coach. Now on to the district semifinals against Sherwood on Wednesday. We need to take our effort and play from tonight and continue on with it.”
The effort was definitely there on Monday as Boonville (22-2) jumped out to a 15-0 lead and then closed out the final four minutes and 38 seconds on a 19-0 run to go up 38-4.
While forcing 13 turnovers alone in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates also came out blazing from the field by hitting 16 of 23 shots for 70 percent.
But that’s not all. With nine different players scoring in the game, 13 saw the floor at some point.
As for Versailles, they struggled to get the ball across mid-court for most of the first half while hitting double digits only once in the game in the third quarter after putting up 11 points.
But even then the Lady Tigers were no match as Boonville had enough points at the end of the first period to beat Versailles without playing in the second, third and fourth quarters.
Nonetheless, the first quarter set the tone for the Lady Pirates with four of the five starters scoring at least six points.
Hannah Fuemmeler led the way for the first-eight minutes of the game with 13 points while Brynn Edwards tossed in 10, Camryn Monteer nine and Jamie Lemmons with six.
The second quarter was a carbon copy of the first as Boonville came out and reeled off 10 straight points to extend the lead to 48-4.
The Lady Pirates also outscored Versailles 21-7 in the second to lead at the half by a score of 59-11.
The second half was no different than the first as Boonville put together two runs of 11 straight points in the third to push the lead to 81-15 with 3:03 left.
Versailles also went on a 7-0 run during a one minute stretch in the third to cut the lead to 81-22. However over the final minute and 28 seconds, Boonville outscored the Lady Tigers 7-0 to lead by a score of 88-22.
A running clock welcomed Boonville in the fourth quarter with most of the starters on the bench. But even then the Lady Pirates outscored Versailles 7-4.
Sophomore Jacey Fenton also had the hot hand in the second half while scoring all eight of her points.
For the game, Brynn Edwards had 25 points along with five steals, one rebound and one assist.
Hannah Fuemmeler finished the game with 17 points, six steals, six assists and two rebounds while Jamie Lemmons added 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist, Camryn Monteer 16 points, two assists and one steal, Jacey Fenton eight points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Lawren Luscombe six points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Madison Lenz two points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Jalyn Schnetzler two points, two rebounds and one assist, Grace Bronakowski two points, Kate Peterson three steals, three assists and two rebounds and Brooke Coleman with two rebounds, two steals and two assists.
The Lady Pirates also blistered the nets from both the field and foul line. While hitting 40 of 61 shots from both two and three-point range for 66 percent, Boonville also made 8 of 10 shots from the foul line for 80 percent.
For Versailles, Cheyenne Espinosa had 12 points and Carrie Hoff with nine.
In other games on Monday, No. 2 California turned back seventh-seeded Knob Noster 67-33 while third-seeded Cole Camp beat sixth-seeded Warsaw 57-35.
Tournament action will continue on Wednesday, with Boonville playing Sherwood at 6 p.m. and California battling Cole Camp at 7:30.
The winners will advance to the championship on Saturday, Feb. 25th starting at 2 p.m.
Note: Boonville has now won eight straight since their last loss against Southern Boone on January 22nd in the MFA Oil Shootout at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
The winner of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament will advance to the sectional round of the state tournament on Wednesday, March 1 at Harrisonville High School starting at 7:45 p.m.