The Boonville boys and girls JV basketball teams fell in the opening round of the Southern Boone JV Tournament Wednesday night against Centralia, losing by the scores of 42-32 and 26-23 in overtime, respectively.
The Lady Pirates, 1-1 on the season, battled Centralia to a 11-11 tie at the half and then matched the Panthers with 12 points in the second half to make it 23-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, Centralia outscored Boonville 3-0 to win the game by three.
“This was our first game back in almost three weeks, and I was very proud of the way the girls fought hard and kept the energy up,” Moore said. “Centralia was very aggressive defensively which caused us some issues, but we did a nice job of attacking the rim and creating opportunities.  As the season goes on, we will get better at converting those chances, but it was encouraging to see us having those looks.  Emma West did a nice job in attacking off the dribble and getting us some scoring that we needed.  Defensively, we had to drop back in a more compressed zone, but we did a really nice job of covering shooters and getting into passing lanes to get steals.  Our posts were kind of thrown into a new situation where they had to defend the perimeter more, but they adjusted nicely and really helped us limit open shots by Centralia.  Overall, I was really happy with our effort and intensity, and we will work on limiting our turnovers and making the high percentage shots to close out wins like these.  We will play Moberly for the third place game on Saturday.”
Anna Romine had eight points and Claire Bennett seven for Centralia.
For Boonville’s JV, Emma West had 12, Daylynn Baker four, Kyleigh Thacker and Jordan Brackman each with three and Faith Mesik with one.
As for the Boonville boys JV basketball team, they led Centralia 9-6 after one but was outscored 15-8 in the second quarter to trail at the half 21-17. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Centralia outscored Boonville 8-7 to extend the lead to five at 29-24. Then, in the final period, the Panthers pulled away with a 13-8 advantage to win the game by 10.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was a good first game to be a part of. “I felt our guys came out with a lot of intensity and you could tell they were ready,” Hill said. “It was a typical first game in that we played with a lot of fire and passion, but we also made early season mistakes.  Offensively we played great in spurts and then we would turn the ball over three or four times leading to easy buckets for them.  We fouled too much and got into the bonus early in the second half giving them easy opportunities at the free throw line.  I was happy with the way we played overall. ”
Erisman had 12 points to lead all scorers for Centralia.
For Boonville, 0-1, Andrew Wiser had 11, Brock Nowlin 10, Landon Williams six, Saylor Marquez and Gage Sprigg each with two and Aidan Lemmons with one.