The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team won as expected in the opening round of the Centralia Tournament Monday night.
In a No. 1 versus No. 8 matchup, the Lady Pirates followed up Saturday’s third place finish in the Tri-County Tournament with a 40 point win over Centralia 66-26.
In other games in the tournament on Monday, No. 2 Salisbury defeated No. 7 North Callaway 48-30 while No. 3 Macon upended No. 6 Hallsville 32-27. No. 4 Centralia also won 48-36 over No. 6 Harrisburg.
Tournament action will continue on Wednesday with Sturgeon playing Harrisburg at 4:30 p.m., followed by Salisbury versus Macon at 6, Boonville versus Centralia at 7:30 and North Callaway versus Hallsville at 9.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said great defensive effort in the second half holding Sturgeon to just six points. “They did a good job of getting the ball inside for high percentage shots the first half, cutting an almost 20 point lead to 13 at halftime,” Hunziker said. “We came out focused in the third quarter with a quick 10-0 run which led to a 26-6 quarter. We need to continue to work on knocking down perimeter shots on a consistent basis since we struggled in the first half. Overall, I was pleased with the team’s effort tonight and look forward to playing Centralia on Wednesday.”
Despite winning by 40, the Lady Pirates were far from perfect against Sturgeon while shooting just 37 percent from the field and turning it over 11 times.
But on the flip side, Boonville also outscored Sturgeon in all four quarters and led 19-10 after one, 33-20 at the break and 61-26 after three quarters of play. The Lady Pirates also held Sturgeon scoreless in the final period while putting up five points.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, freshman Addison Brownfield continues to lead the team in scoring. While scoring in double figures in four out of five games, Brownfield again had the game high Monday night with 21 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field and 9 of 13 from the foul line. Brownfield also finished the game with six steals, five rebounds and five assists.
Jamie Lemmons also had her best game to date with 19 points along with four rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.
Jodie Bass, meanwhile, finished the game with seven points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists while Kourtney Kendrick added seven points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists, Jalyn Schnetzler five points, two steals, two assists and one rebound, Brooke Eichelberger five points, four rebounds and three steals, Emma West two points and one steal, Sophi Waibel three rebounds, three steals and one assist and Madison Lenz with three steals, one rebound and one assist.
For Sturgeon, Bright had 10 points and Burns six.
Tournament action will continue on the boys side of the bracket tonight, with No. 4 Sturgeon playing No. 5 Macon at 4:30 p.m., followed by No. 1 Centralia versus No. 8 Salisbury at 6, No. 3 Boonville versus No. 6 North Callaway at 7:30 and No. 2 Hallsville versus No. 7 Harrisburg at 9.