The Boone Central Lady Cardinals remained unbeaten in the early portion of the 2009-10 girls basketball season last week, winning their third and fourth contests over Central City and Pierce.
“We are playing well, but need to find consistency scoring the ball,” commented Boone Central Coach Mike Kennedy. “This will be a tough week for us and we look forward to continuing to improve as a basketball team.”
Boone Central traveled to Genoa to face 2-0 Twin River Tuesday. The Cardinals will host 4-0 West Holt, who upset BC last season, on Saturday.
The Lady Cards got the jump on visiting Central City last Thursday, parlaying intense fullcourt defensive pressure and the hot shooting hand of Jaime Kennedy into an 18-2 first-quarter lead that keyed a 49-28 victory.
“We got off to a great defensive start in this game, holding them to two points in the first quarter,” Kennedy noted. “We bothered their ballhandlers and they struggled to get good shots.”
Kennedy and Beckwith each scored 12 points to pace BC. The Cards outrebounded Central City 38-27, led by Cara Struebing’s 10. Boone Central forced 23 turnovers by the Bison.
Defense was again Boone Central’s staple at Pierce. For the second straight night the Cards held their opponent to two first-quarter points and went on to score a 55-42 decision.
“We played very well defensively and held them to 19 points through three quarters. We created good offensive chances through our high-low post game, as well,” Kennedy said. “Pierce made a run at us in the fourth quarter due to turnovers against their press, but our free throw shooting allowed us to close them out.”
Beckwith finished with 24 points to lead all scorers. Although BC shot just 35 percent from the floor, the Cards sank 23-of-30 free throws (76%) and outrebounded the hosts 32-28.
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