Six games in span of two weeks finally took its toll on the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team Friday night in the championship in the Centralia Invitational Tournament.
Although the Lady Pirates still came away with a second and third place finish in both tournaments, Boonville head coach Jaryt Hunziker said a couple of more minutes and his team might have got the victory.
As it turned out, No. 2 Salisbury upset top-seeded Boonville in a battle of two great teams 67-63.
The loss dropped Boonville to 5-2 on the season.
“Salisbury did a great job from shooting a high percentage from the field, rebounding and not turning the ball over and making big plays,” Hunziker said. “I have to do a better job of getting us ready to go both physically and mentally. They definitely deserved to win tonight. We struggled for three quarters but I was so proud of how the girls played in the fourth. Down as much as 23 or so in the second half and 20 at the end of the three, we fought and cut the lead to three late in the game. I loved seeing that fire in them and that never give up attitude-we just ran out of time on the clock.”
SALISBURY WINS THE BATTLE ON THE BOARDS EARLY
The first quarter was definitely not a typical first quarter for Boonville, who got out-rebounded by Salisbury 11-7 and turned it over six times.
But considering all of those things, the Lady Pirates trailed Salisbury by just four at 17-13 at the end of the first quarter despite shooting less than 40 percent from the field. And while playing to two ties in the first period at 7-7 and 10-10, what really killed Boonville was the 7-0 run by Salisbury over the final minute and 12 seconds to go up 17-13.
SECOND QUARTER ONCE AGAIN DOOMS BOONVILLE
This is becoming a pattern that has riddled Coach Hunziker so far this season-getting over the hump in the second quarter.
Such was the case in the loss to Blair Oaks in the semifinal round of the Tri-County Tournament just last week and again Friday night against Salisbury.
For some reason, Boonville seems to struggle (at least against good teams) in the second quarter. Although six turnovers didn’t help once again, the Lady Pirates also hit on just three field goal attempts on 3 of 9 shooting. Add it up and it’s no wonder Salisbury outscored Boonville 22-11 in the second period to lead 39-24 at the half.
The Lady Panthers also buried five threes in the first half compared to just two for Boonville.
LADY PIRATES MAKE A SMALL DENT IN SALISBURY’S LEAD
Boonville still trailed by 20 going into the fourth quarter against Salisbury. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Lady Pirates were starting to show some fight by outscoring the Panthers 15-10.
However the reality still remained that Salisbury led Boonville 54-34 with just eight minutes remaining.
BOONVILLE MAKES A PUSH IN THE FOURTH QUARTER BUT FALLS SHORT
You definitely have to give an A for effort in the fourth for the Lady Pirates. Down by 20 to start the fourth, Boonville went on a 15-0 run during a three minute stretch to cut the lead to seven at 60-53 with 3:18 left.
Something else good to see is that the Lady Pirates had balanced scoring in the fourth with all five starters contributing in one way or another. Sophomores Sophi Waibel and Jodie Bass came up big with two big threes at the 3:28 and 3:18 mark to cut the lead to seven at 60-53. Then, after Salisbury pushed the lead back up to nine at 64-55 with 2:14 left, Boonville reeled off another six in a row to trim the lead to three at 64-61 with 32 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they ran out of time as Salisbury came back and hit three key free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Another key factor in the fourth quarter was the fifth foul by Addison Brownfield at the 2:50 mark. At that point Boonville trailed by just nine at 62-53.
SEVEN DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN THE GAME FOR BOONVILLE
Jodie Bass came on strong toward the end when it counted the most and finished the game with a team-high 17 points along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Jamie Lemmons tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals while Addison Brownfield added 12 points, three assists, two steals and one rebound, Kourtney Kendrick eight points, nine rebounds and three steals, Sophi Waibel five points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal, Brooke Eichelberger three points, one rebound, one assist and one steal and Jalyn Schnetzler with three points, two rebounds and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game hitting 21 of 58 shots from the field for 36 percent and 14 of 21 from the foul line for 67 percent.
For Salisbury, Bryn Wooldridge had 25, Brooke Stefankiewicz 17 and Khloe Wyatt with 11.