The Boone Central Lady Cardinals blitzed Twin River in Albion Tuesday, Dec. 14, then won a tough road contest at Atkinson West Holt Saturday to take a four-game win streak and 5-2 record into this week’s holiday break.
Boone Central Coach Mike Kennedy is pleased with the effort and progress of his team over the season’s first three weeks.
“We are a team that is really battling hard right now and I am pleased with that,” he commented. “There are little things we can improve on that will make a big difference for us.
“Improving those little things will be the key to our season.”
There wasn’t much to improve on Boone Central’s performance against Twin River Dec. 14, as the Cardinals ran roughshod over the visiting Titans.
Backed by a raucous home crowd, Boone Central got off to a sizzling start and played one of its most complete games of the season in a 61-31 victory.
“First of all, I want to thank our crowd, and especially the ‘Cardinal Crazies’ student section, who were very into the game and provided us with added energy and enthusiasm. They were great,” Kennedy stated. “We were very focused defensively in this game and kept Twin River from getting into any offensive rhythm.
“Coach DeWitt and Coach Glidden did a great job getting our scout team to play hard in practice, thus helping our varsity be very prepared for this game.”
Boone Central’s fifth victory did not come as easily Saturday at Atkinson.
The Cardinals fought back from an early deficit, then overcame an avalanche of West Holt free throws down the stretch to notch a 62-59 win.
Kennedy said his team definitely “earned” the victory.
“This game was a test of our perseverance. We got down 8-0 and were fighting uphill through the majority of the first three quarters,” he said. “The fourth quarter was a seesaw battle that saw us exchange field goals on our end for free throws on their end.
“West Holt was 17-of-18 from the line in the fourth quarter alone. Their only miss was their last attempt that would have tied the game at 58.
“Britany Seda’s steal and lay-up to begin the second half was the spark we needed to get us going.”
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