Improve to 13-1 overall

Avenging a loss is nice but victory is better.
That’s how the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team felt Saturday after leaving the court in a much anticipated battle against the top-seeded California Pintos.
Having lost to California in the season opener back on November 20th, the Lady Pirates have since put together a 13 game winning streak after beating the Pintos on their home floor in front of a boisterous crowd 54-48.
“California came out connecting on five three-pointers in the first quarter, which is what the Lady Pintos do. We talked about making sure they had to work for their shots but also the importance of contesting all their perimeter shots. We had a great second quarter holding them to just four points while scoring 17 on our end behind Lemmons six points. Defensively, we did a better job of making it hard for their perimeter threats to get good looks by making sure we always had a defender close by to contest. After going up by as many as 15 points in the third quarter we broke down mentally by making poor decisions such as forcing shots/passes and being too much in a hurry-we were beating ourselves. We did a great job of bouncing back from our mistakes and holding a lead that dwindled down to four. Kate Peterson had a very productive game leading the Lady Pirates with 14 points and nine rebounds. Congrats to Jamie Lemmons, Brynn Edwards and Camryn Monteer on being name to the All-Tournament team. Jamie was also named the MVP of the tournament. But also congratulations to all 12 Lady Pirates for a solid week of basketball.”
Ok, you just knew the Lady Pintos were going to throw up three because that’s what they do.
But five threes in the first eight minutes and 10 total for the game.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Boonville managed to keep the game close besides all the long range bombers from the outside by California while trailing by just two (17-15) after one.
And as expected, senior Elizabeth Lutz led the attack for California with eight of her game-high 24 points in the opening period.
Of course the Lady Pirates weren’t bad, either. Hitting 6 of 13 shots from the field, Boonville hit two threes in the first-the latter coming from the hand of freshman Jodie Bass in the corner.
The Lady Pirates couldn’t have played any better in the second quarter while outscoring California 17-4 to lead at the half 32-21.
With the game tied at 20-all at the 5:43 mark in the first half, Boonville came out and reeled off eight straight during a three minute stretch to push the lead to 28-20.
Senior Kate Peterson had four of her team high 14 points during that span while Jalyn Schnetzler and Brynn Edwards added two points each.
The Lady Pirates also held California to just one three in the second.
After playing one of their best quarters of the season in the second, the Lady Pirates may have also had one of their worst eight minutes in the third.
Although the Lady Pirates still led California by six at 40-34 after three, the lead at one time reached 15 points after a basket by Jamie Lemmons with 3:52 left.
However a string of turnovers and missed opportunities near the basket enabled Boonville to pull away and allowed California to cut into the lead.
The Lady Pintos also closed out the final three minutes and 16 seconds of the third quarter on a 9-0 run.
The Lady Pirates matched California with 14 in the final period but had it cut to three at 44-41 after a three by freshman guard Tristan Porter with4:56 left.
Luckily for Boonville, the Lady Pintos never got any closer in the ballgame as Edwards and Peterson came back with back-to-back baskets to up the lead to seven at 48-41 with 3:07 remaining.
California never got any closer than five for the rest of the ballgame while Boonville led by as nine.
Senior Kate Peterson had a big game for the Lady Pirates with 14 points along with nine rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Jamie Lemmons also finished the game in double figures with 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists while Jalyn Schnetzler added eight points, six rebounds and three steals, Camryn Monteer eight points, five steals and three rebounds, Brynn Edwards eight points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals and Jodie Bass five points and one steal.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field and 58 percent from the foul line.
For California, Elizabeth Lutz had 24 points.
Jamie Lemmons, Brynn Edwards and Camryn Monteer were all named to the California All-Tournament team.
Lemmons was also named the MVP of the tournament.

FRIDAY'S GAME AGAINST FATIMAThe Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team outscored Fatima in all but one quarter to pick up its 12th straight win Friday night in the semifinal round of the California Invitational Tournament.
The Lady Pirates, 12-1 on the season, came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter with 20 points to lead Fatima 20-14. However, in the second period, the Lady Comets rallied back with a 17-16 advantage to cut the lead to five at the half by a score of 36-31. Fatima never got any closer in the ballgame as Boonville outscored the Comets 16-10 in the third and 17-14 in the fourth to win the game by 14.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said what a fun game with two similar teams that pressure on defense constantly and like to push it up the floor on offense. "We played at a pace we are comfortable with," Hunziker said. "Knowing Fatima traps from behind we focused on moving the basketball quickly and attacking their rotations. We did a great job of looking up the floor and passing ahead. Jamie Lemmons had a strong game with a double double. We had three others in double figures as well."
Lemmons finished the game with 20 points and 15 rebounds along with two steals.
Jalyn Schnetzler chipped in 13 points, five steals, three rebounds and two assists while Brynn Edwards added 12 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists, Camryn Monteer 12 points, two steals and one assist, Jodie Bass eight points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Kate Peterson four points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal and Kennedy Renfrow with one steal.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field and 53 percent from the foul line.
For Fatima, Courtney Wolfe had 15 while Lauren Brandt and Ally Bonnot added nine points each.