The Boone Central Cardinals scored a much-needed victory at Madison Friday, then used that momentum to put 11-1 West Point Central Catholic on the ropes for two quarters Saturday in Albion.
Unfortunately, the Cards could not sustain their strong start against the Bluejays. Foul problems and frigid shooting following intermission derailed upset hopes and left Boone Central with a 4-9 overall record going into the final two weeks of the January schedule.
The Cardinals travel to Columbus Scotus Thursday and play host to Ord Friday in Albion.
With Boone Central looking for momentum and confidence, and Madison in search of its first victory of the season, it was the Cardinals putting together a strong performance for the 57-36 victory.
“We had a good effort against Madison. We were able to execute some things well and had a number of players contribute to the win,” noted Card Coach Dan Zoucha. “We are still concerned with the number of offensive rebounds we gave up. We need to continue to emphasize this.”
Boone Central fully tested Mid-State foe West Point Central Catholic, ranked 1st in Class D1, through one half Saturday, building a 29-20 lead before the Bluejays bounced back with a 21-5 third-quarter run that sparked a 64-52 victory.
“We had three pretty good quarters against a veteran Central Catholic team. Our energy was great to start the game,” Zoucha said. “The defensive intensity in the first quarter is what we expect of our team.”
With their defensive pressure forcing numerous Bluejay turnovers and missed shots, BC got points from five players, including four apiece by Temme and Howell, to take a 14-6 first-period lead. Temme netted six more in quarter two as the Cards maintained a 29-20 advantage at halftime.
“We were up at half and spoke of the need to come out the first few minutes of the third quarter ready for the pressure we knew they would give us,” Zoucha commented. “Their pressure did take us out of what we needed to do, however, and coupled with shooting 1-of-15 from the field, put us down seven to start the fourth.
“We were able to get within three points at one time, but we failed to get back on defense consistently and allowed some easy baskets.
“Our effort was great, we just are having a difficult time getting shots to fall.”
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