The Boone Central Lady Cardinals, now ranked 6th in Class C1 by the Omaha World-Herald, gave notice to the rest of the Mid-State Conference that their sterling record and state acclaim were the real deal by thumping traditional girls basketball power West Point Central Catholic Saturday in Albion.
In what was expected to be a showdown of top teams sporting a combined record of 19-2, the Cardinals dominated the second and third quarters and handily defeated Central Catholic 55-40.
That performance followed a 76-34 Cardinal romp over host Madison Friday night. The weekend wins extended Boone Central’s current win streak to five games and boosted its season record to 10-1.
Boone Central outscored visiting West Point C.C. 30-17 in the second and third periods to key a dominant victory Saturday in Albion.
“Our confidence level was very encouraging,” said Card Coach Mike Kennedy. “We were very eager to see how we compared to one of the best girls programs in Nebraska.
“We played this game with great urgency on defense and held a team averaging just below 60 points per game to 12 at halftime and a season-low 40 for the game,” he praised. “A huge factor in our success was dominating the boards (37-26 rebound margin). We gave up only three offensive rebounds all night.”
“This was an important win for our kids,” Kennedy commented. “It will bring us a lot of confidence for some tough games we have coming up.
“I’m really proud of what the girls accomplished in this game.”
Boone Central’s girls basketball team traveled to Madison Friday and rolled over the 1-8 Dragons 76-34 in Mid-State Conference play.
“This was an impressive offensive performance. We did a very good job passing the basketball and, because of that, we were able to get good shots against their zone defense,” stated Kennedy. “Twenty-two of our thirty field goals were the result of an assist and 11 different players recorded an assist in this game.”
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