12. That’s the number of players that saw the floor Tuesday night in the opening round of the California Invitational Tournament.
In a No. 2 versus No. 7 matchup, the Lady Pirates allowed little if any thought of an upset by Southern Boone while cruising to a 71-35 victory.
Of course Boonville wasn’t the only winner on the night. On a night where all the top seeds advanced, the No. 1 California girls had little trouble against eighth-seeded Fulton 79-29 while No. 3 Fatima upended Battle 67-44. In the only single digit game on the night, the No. 4 Helias girls beat No. 5 St. James 46-39.
Tournament action will continue on Thursday, with Fulton playing St. James at 4:30 p.m., followed by California versus Helias at 6, Boonville versus Fatima at 7:30 and Southern Boone vs. Battle at 9.
While racking up their 11th straight win of the season, Boonville head coach Jaryt Hunziker said this was also a great team win with all 12 girls seeing the floor.
“We got off to a great start in both the first and third quarters,” Hunziker said. “Both the offense and defense were solid tonight with the offense having great player and ball movement. Ten of the 12 girls reached the scoring column with three in double digits. We will play a very good Fatima team on Thursday. They have played very well so far this year with only two losses on their record.”
At 11-1 on the season, the Lady Pirates showed little if any rust since returning from break. In fact, Southern Boone would probably agree that Boonville is clicking on all cylinders after watching the Lady Pirates explode for 38 first half points.
Boonville led 23-9 after one and 38-17 at the break.
Of course the second half was much like the first with Boonville scoring pretty much on every possession. The Lady Pirates doubled up Southern Boone 25-12 in the third quarter to force a running clock. Meanwhile, with the starters on the bench in the final period, the Lady Pirates still continued to outscore Southern Boone 8-6 to win by 36.
As for the individual scoring, Camryn Monteer led three players in double figures for Boonville with 17 points along with three rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Jamie Lemmons chipped in 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist while Brynn Edwards added 10 points, four assists and three steals, Jodie Bass eight points and one assist, Jalyn Schnetzler six points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Hana Cook four points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Lawren Luscombe four points and two rebounds, Kate Peterson three points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, Kennedy Renfrow two points and one assist and Madison Lenz with one rebound, one steal and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also had another stellar shooting night, hitting 31 of 49 shots from the field for 63 percent and 4 of 8 from the foul line for 50 percent. Boonville also converted on 5 of 11 shots from the three-point arc for 45 percent.
For Southern Boone, Ponder had 10 points.