Unfortunately, all good things eventually come to an end.
Such was the case for the Boone Central girls basketball team that saw its 13-game winning streak halted by West Holt February 12.
Perhaps battling mental and physical fatigue from a combination of their emotional Mid-State Conference tournament championship the previous week and several players fighting the effects of illness, the Lady Cardinals lost for the first time since January 2 Thursday at Atkinson.
Boone Central (18-2) slipped to fourth in NSAA Class C1 power points (entering this week’s sub-district tournaments) and dropped one spot in the Omaha World-Herald C1 Top 10 (4th).
“We will use the loss as motivation to play better in the future and will attack our next game with renewed enthusiasm,” stressed Card Coach Mike Kennedy.
(Boone Central defeated Norfolk Catholic 61-44 in the semi-finals of the C1-9 Sub-District Tuesday at Norfolk. The Cardinals will face #1 ranked Crofton (21-0) in the sub-district final Thursday at 7 p.m. at Norfolk Senior High School)
Boone Central began its week in fine fashion, defeating host Fullerton 61-47 Tuesday.
The Cardinals exploded to a 26-11 first-period lead as they knocked down five three-point field goals. Julia Temme and Bobbi Beckwith each canned a pair and Erica Carder added one.
“We obviously started off shooting the ball very well and had a great start,” noted Kennedy. “However, we really struggled to be focused defensively and gave up numerous easy shots to Fullerton.
“We did do a good job of taking care of the ball while forcing 24 turnovers. We made some shots early in the fourth quarter and did a good job holding the ball late and forcing Fullerton to foul.”
Bobbi Beckwith led the victory with 14 points. Brittany Luettel added 13 and Julia Temme 10. Luettel also racked up seven assists in the contest while Cara Struebing pulled down five rebounds and made five steals.
Thirteen wins in a row. Friday the 13th one day away. Apparently not lucky numbers for the Boone Central girls.
The Cardinals struggled offensively at West Holt Thursday, scoring their season-low point total in a 46-35 loss to the Huskies.
“We just were not able to put the ball in the basket in this game,” Kennedy lamented. “We shot 1-of-16 beyond the arc and 10-of-30 from two-point range.
“We had a 10-point lead at halftime, but scored only 11 points in the second half. Every possession we went without scoring, West Holt gained confidence.
“We had numerous opportunities to stretch our lead and failed to get the job done. West Holt made enough shots to catch and pass us in the end.”
Stephanie Paulson scored 11 for the Cards and Luettel grabbed 11 rebounds. Beckwith scored nine points and made three steals in the contest.
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