The Boonville boys and girls junior varsity basketball teams had a tough night on the road Thursday against the Centralia Panthers.
While the Lady Pirates fell to Centralia 40-32, the Boonville boys JV basketball team had a little different outcome while losing to the Panthers by 30, 74-44.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 6-2 on the season, got off to a slow start against Centralia while trailing 7-0 after first period’s end. However, in the second quarter, Boonville rallied back with a 12-6 advantage to cut the lead to one at 13-12 at the break. Meanwhile, in the final period, Centralia outscored Boonville again 18-8 to extend the lead to 31-20. Then, in the final period, Boonville outscored the Lady Panthers by three, 12-9, to cut the lead back to eight.
“We came out a bit flat tonight, and all credit goes to Centralia and the way they played us defensively,” said Boonville JV coach Paul Moore. “They were aggressive and applied a lot of ball pressure, which caused us to turn the ball over and limited good possessions.  Centralia had some good athletes that pressed us throughout the game, and we just couldn’t take care of the basketball.  We made some runs to get ourselves back in the game, and there were times where we could have taken control with momentum on our side.  However, we just couldn’t hit that key shot to take that next step.  We played really well during certain runs, but we struggled to put it together for a full four quarters and that’s what got us tonight.  I was proud of the way that the girls battled to keep themselves in the game, but we just had a night where we couldn’t get anything going offensively and that makes it tough to pull out tough, physical games like this one.”  
Bannon Moran had seven points and Alaina Berandzan six to lead Centralia.
For Boonville, Faith Mesik finished the game with 10 points. Emma West chipped in eight while Payton Luscombe added six, Grace Dennis four and Taylor Frederick and Hailey James each with two.
As for the Boonville boys JV team, they trailed Centralia 20-10 after one and 33-27 at the break. However in the third quarter, the Panthers came out strong on the offensive end by outscoring Boonville 26-8 to extend the lead to 59-35. Meanwhile, in the final period, Centralia all but sealed the coffin shut by holding a 15-9 advantage against the Pirates for the 30 point win.
Boonville boys JV coach Brock Hill said ugly game for the Pirates
“ No other way to say it,” Hill said. “We played this team the first game of the year and we played them really tuff the first time.  We started the game slow giving them too many easy buckets.  We had way too many turnovers all night long.  Centralia’s defense put a lot of pressure on us and we did not handle it well.  We were only down six points at half time and I thought we were lucky to be that close playing the way we were.  Then we came out in the second half flat.  The shots were not falling for us and we continued to turn the ball over and give them easy looks off those turnovers.  Getting beat by 18 points in the third quarter killed us. We have to do a better job coming out with focus and energy in all four quarters.”
  Nathan Greene and Brett Jones each had 11 points in the game for Centralia while Garrison Ford chipped in eight points.
For Boonville, Kayle Rice had 10, Axton Nease nine, Luke Green eight, Brock Nowlin six, Aidan Lemmons and Gage Sprigg four each and Saylor Marquez with one.