The third-seeded Cardinals reached the title contest by knocking off #2 seed Scotus 43-42 in Tuesday’s semi-finals. Lakeview, seeded 4th, came all the way from a play-in game vs. Central City Monday to defeat #1 seed Twin River and Boone Central.
Boone Central finishes the 2007-08 season 12-9. Lakeview, 10-9, advances to play 20-2 Minden in the District 4 final this Friday.
B. Central 43, Scotus 42
Boone Central trailed Scotus for much of its semi-final match-up Tuesday, but went ahead when it counted.
Junior Stephanie Paulson knocked down a short baseline jumper with just over three seconds to play to erase a one-point Card deficit and Kellie Korth’s potential answer for Scotus banged off the back of the rim, sending BC to the sub-district final Thursday.
“This was a great win!” exclaimed Card Coach Mike Kennedy. “All 10 girls that played gave us a great contribution and did their part to make us successful.
“Our post players were outstanding, combining to score 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
“I was especially pleased with our mental and physical toughness – we outscored them 12-4 down the stretch and made every play we needed to make to win,” he praised. “Our kids have earned this right by having an incredible work ethic all season.”
Boone Central built a 20-16 lead late in the second quarter of a contest that featured stifling defense by both squads. Scotus turned the tables with a 7-1 run to end the half, capped by a three-point play by Korth.
Paulson kept Boone Central close in the third period, scoring five points, but Scotus used a 7-2 burst early in the fourth quarter to build a 38-31 advantage.
Boone Central fought back in the final six minutes, using a strong inside presence offensively and benefitting from some Shamrock struggles at the free throw line.
After a three-point field goal by Julia Temme, Card junior Emily Wells muscled in a pair of baskets while Scotus missed the front ends of two one-and-one opportunities.
With Scotus clinging to a one-point lead, Paulson rose above two Shamrock defenders on the right baseline to deliver the game-winner. Scotus called time out with 3.4 seconds remaining and set up a three-point look for Korth, but her shot hit hard off the back of the rim.
Paulson paced BC with 12 points, while Wells scored 10 and grabbed eight rebounds. Brittany Luettel led in assists with three.
B. Central 9 12 8 14 – 43
Scotus 7 16 10 9 – 42
BC scoring: Paulson 12, Wells 10, Struebing 6, Beckwith 5, Luettel 4, Carder 3, Temme 3. Rebound leaders: Wells 8, Zabka 6. Assist leaders: Luettel 3. Steal leaders: Wells 1, Paulson 1.
Lakeview 49, B. Central 37
Boone Central players, coaches and fans must have wondered if there was a lid on their basket in a 49-37 loss to Lakeview in Thursday’s C1-7 title game.
The Cardinals had a number of open shots – inside and out – and simply did not get enough to drop to pull off a victory.
“Despite great effort, we just could not make enough shots from the outside to counter the sagging 2-3 zone defense Lakeview used,” Kennedy commented. “Bobbi Beckwith gave us a great spark in the second half, but Lakeview answered our run and turned us away.