The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team made quick work of the Centralia Panthers Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the Centralia Invitational Tournament.
After beating Sturgeon by 40 in the opening round on Monday, the Lady Pirates came back Wednesday night with a 65-43 win over Centralia to advance to the championship game on Friday against Salisbury.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said the girls had great energy throughout the first half which allowed them to have a 24-7 lead after one and a 43-19 lead at halftime.
“The second half was just the opposite and not the way we focused on playing and talked about at halftime-lots of mental mistakes, turnovers, and missed shots,” Hunziker said. “This team is still learning how to finish out a game the way we need to. We are pushing through a busy two weeks which I know is starting to wear on us. This group is fun to coach and watch. During the games we are starting to see glimpses of putting together productive quarter after quarter and once we start finishing games we are going to be very tough to beat. The Lady Pirates had balanced scoring tonight with five players scoring anywhere from 9-18 points.”
The game was never in doubt for Boonville, as they led Centralia 24-7 after one, 43-19 at the half and 54-29 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Centralia rallied back with a 14-11 advantage.
Jamie Lemmons had the game high for Boonville, who improved to 5-1, with 18 points. Jodie Bass tossed in 15, Addison Brownfield 11, Kourtney Kendrick 10, Sophi Waibel nine and Jalyn Schnetzler with two.
 Boonville also made 14 of 27 shots from the foul line for 52 percent.
For Centralia, Bennett had 12 and Simkins 10.