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Centralia Invitational update: Hallsville Lady Indians lose to Boonville

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:38 pm

Hallsville loses tough one 62-35: Lady Panthers beat Sturgeon 66-23

Hallsville’s Lady Indians lost to the Boonville Pirates in the second round of the girls’ division of the Centralia Invitational. Boonville will play for the championship Friday night and Hallsville will play for third place, 6:30 p.m. Friday night.

Hallsville’s Ashlyn Hough, right, strives for the ball against Boonville’s Jordan Brackman.

Boonville hit hard early, scoring four before Hallsville answered. Hallsville, while recovering from a tough first quarter was never able to get closer than six points to Boonville.

The Lady Pirates led 17-6 in the first, 38-20 in the second, 52-29 in the third and finished off the Lady Indians in the fourth, winning the game 62-35.

Courtney Kendrick led the game and Boonville with 25 points.

Emily Leer led Hallsville with 14 points, followed by Taylor Jones with six and Avery Oetting with five.

“We played them straight-up tonight,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Matt Heet. “They’ve got a lot of good players, three really strong ones. To imagine you can control all three is kind of unrealistic, tonight Kendrick got lose on us. The best we can do is learn from this, move on and bring our best game Friday night.”

Boonville Head Coach Jaryt Hunziker said Hallsville had a lot of talent.

“Hallsville is one of those teams, they’ve got the Jones girl, they’ve got Emily, if you don’t come ready to play and take them seriously they can be really scary.”

Friday at 6:30 p.m. Hallsville plays Macon for third place honors.

Lady Panthers beat Sturgeon 66-23

It was a game when after losing to number-one seed Boonville in the first round, the Lady Panthers regained confidence in their shooting. That, said Centralia Head Coach Becca Schemmer, might have been the most important takeaway from Centralia’s 43-point win over the  Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs.

Centralia set the feel and pace for the game early when Marykate Bennett sank two baskets, and a free throw, the Anna Romine rebounded the free-throw and tossed it back through the hoop to put Centralia up 6-0 in the first minute.

Kalin Finlay then sank two back-to-back three-pointers, a lay-up and another three pointer within the next 90 seconds.

Billie Pollock tries to keep a rebound as Centralia’s Ashlyn Crum and Claire Bennett move in on defense.

After more of the same the first quarter ended Centralia – 24, Sturgeon – 3.

Sturgeon picked up its game in the second and the first half ended  47-12, Centralia, with Alayna Hall and Cade McMorris doing the majority of the scoring for Sturgeon.

The third quarter ended 60-19 for Centralia, then the pace slowed at they hit the finish line to end the night 66-23 at 10:30 p.m.

Bennett led Sturgeon  with 14 points, supported by Joella Melegrito with 11 and Anna Romine with nine. Melegrito also had sank, three-point shot. Finlay sank two.

Hall led Sturgeon with a game-leading  15 points, followed by McMorris with five and Nicole Vanlandingham with two.

“This game is what we needed to get our momentum back,” Schemmer said. “This was also a good game for the girls to learn to play unselfish basketball, to share the ball.”

Dan Cruse, Lady Bulldogs head coach also so the game as an important teaching moment for the Lady Bulldogs. “It’s good for us to play against this level of competition, to play  under pressure against teams bigger and more experienced than us… Shelby Bailey did a great job of leading us down the floor tonight and Alayna Hall, just incredible effort.”

Friday, 5 p.m., Centralia plays Harrisburg for the consolation plaque.