Boone Central Coach Mike Kennedy feels his team is making strides of improvement during a frenetic start to the 2010-11 girls basketball season.
“We have played five games in the first eight days of the season and it has been a roller-coaster ride,” Kennedy commented. “We have played a tough schedule and are starting to grow as a team.
“We’re finding out more about what our roles are and starting to put the pieces together. We look forward to this next week and the challenges it will bring.”
Although Boone Central dropped a 53-43 decision to a tough Crofton squad in Albion Tuesday, Dec. 7, Kennedy saw progress from his charges.
“We took a step forward in this game. Our offense showed some improvement despite just one day of practice since our last game,” he noted. “We must continue to improve so we do not waste a good defensive effort, as we did tonight.
“We did not finish the last few minutes of this game the way we needed to. When it comes down to the end of a close game, we have to be at our best offensively and defensively.
“We were not.”
Jaime Kennedy led BC with 9 points. Jenna Lehman, Emily Carder and Brooke Michael all added 7 and Bobbi Beckwith chipped in 6. Maria Glidden and Kennedy grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds, respectively, and Beckwith led assists (6) and steals (4).
Boone Central put everything together Thursday and ran over the host Central City Bison 76-22. The Cardinals scored 20 or more points in 3 of 4 quarters and held Central City to single digits in each period.
“Our team came out with great focus and dominated start to finish,” Kennedy praised. “We had great contributions from all 13 players suited up for the game.”
Beckwith topped scoring with 22 points. Six additional Cards scored between 6 and 8 in the game. Carder led rebounding with 8 and Kennedy dished out 7 assists.
The Cardinal girls hosted Mid-State rival Pierce Friday and were solid throughout a 53-43 conference victory.
While never able to completely pull away from the Bluejays, BC held double-digit leads for much of the contest.
“We started fast in this game, jumping out to an early lead by forcing turnovers in our press and hitting shots,” Kennedy commented. “We show signs of being a very good basketball team, but must develop consistency of effort and execution to take the next step.”
Kennedy topped scorers with 19 points and Beckwith added 12. Beckwith and Sara Wells pulled in 5 rebounds apiece. Kennedy had 4 steals and 4 assists and Beckwith finished with 3 steals and 3 assists.
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