Lady Pirates finish the season at 23-4 overall

The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team knew from the start that California was going to throw up threes Saturday in the championship game of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament at Cole Camp.
While the Lady Pintos have lived and died by the three this season and last, Boonville had no answer for stopping California while giving up 30 points behind the arc in a disappointing 54-40 loss.
The Lady Pintos will advance to sectional play on Wednesday at Harrisonville High School against Barstow starting at 6 p.m.
The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team closed out the season at 23-4 overall.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls struggled to get anything going offensively and that cost them the game.
“Like in the past we knew we would get California’s best punch early but once they slowed down we would then make our run if down or extend the lead if we had it; the problem was when they did slow down we couldn’t buy a basket at all. After allowing 38 points in the first half, California cooled off and only put up 16 points in the second half; we only saw the bottom of the basket six times in the second half which hurt.
“It has been five years since we went out this early so it’s disappointing but that doesn’t take away from what we have accomplished this season with our fifth straight NCMC title, two tournament championships and recognized a couple times as a top 10 team in Class 3.”
While struggling two nights earlier to get any offense going, the Lady Pirates once again had a hard time putting the ball in the hole while shooting just 31 percent from the field and 11 percent from the three-point arc.
But give credit where credit is due, the Lady Pintos knew exactly how to defend Boonville while holding the Lady Pirates to a season low 40 points.
California also buried Boonville from the three-point arc with 10 threes.
Needless to say, Boonville appeared to have the upperhand early on while leading California 11-5 with 4:49 left in the first quarter. However it was pretty much all Lady Pintos after that as California came back with five threes for the rest of the period to go from trailing by six to lead Boonville by six at 21-15.
The second quarter was no different than the first. Although Boonville guarded the three a little better, holding California to two treys, the Lady Pintos countered with baskets down low to outscore the Lady Pirates 17-10 to extend the lead to 13 at 38-25 at the break.
To make matters worse, Boonville opened the second half with two air balls and converted on only 3 of 13 shots. California also held the Lady Pirates to only three field goals in the third while holding a 8-7 scoring edge to push the lead to 14 at 46-32.
It went from bad to worse in the fourth quarter as Boonville again struggled from the field by hitting only 3 of 11 shots and turning it over five times. The good news, however, is that the Lady Pirates matched California with eight points.
Hunziker said with the loss the team says goodbye to three decorated Seniors-Brynn Edwards, Camryn Monteer and Kate Peterson. “These three have helped build the Lady Pirate program into a very respected program across the state,” Hunziker said. “I can’t think them enough for their hard work and dedication, they will be extremely missed. I’m very excited for the future and the pieces we have returning.”
Gracie George had 16 points and Elizabeth Lutz 13 for California. Paige Lamm also tossed in eight while Brittney Ellington added six.
For Boonville, who closed out the season at 23-4 overall, Jamie Lemmons finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Kate Peterson chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and two assists while Brynn Edwards added five points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, Kennedy Renfrow four points and two rebounds, Camryn Monteer two points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Jalyn Schnetzler two points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Jodie Bass three assists, one rebound and one steal and Hana Cook with one assist.
For the game, the Lady Pirates hit on only 18 of 58 shots from the field for 31 percent and 2 of 4 from the foul line for 50 percent. California made 5 of 11 shots from the foul line