The Boone Central girls basketball team extended its winning streak to 10 games by defeating Mid-State Conference foes Madison and West Point Central Catholic this past weekend.
“We are playing very good basketball right now, with confidence and intensity,” commented Cardinal Coach Mike Kennedy. “It is exciting to see the improvement we have made from the beginning of the season to this point.
“Our goal will be to continue to improve and be ready each night we take the floor.”
Boone Central, 11-2, travels to Columbus to face Scotus Thursday, then hosts Ord Friday in Albion.
In a “take care of business” type game at Madison Friday, Boone Central routed the winless Lady Dragons 66-36. The Cardinals raced to a 19-2 lead through one period of play and built a 40-11 advantage by halftime.
“We played a very solid first half of basketball,” Kennedy acknowledged. “We defended well, rebounded well and were very good in transition.
“We lost some focus at halftime and that was a little disappointing.”
Competition was ratcheted much higher for Boone Central Saturday and the Lady Cardinals were prepared for the challenge.
Hosting West Point Central Catholic, 11-1 and ranked 2nd in Class D1 entering the contest, Boone Central overcame a sluggish start to post a key 60-52 Mid-State Conference win.
“This was a great win for our team,” Kennedy praised. “We were really determined to succeed and knew it would take 32 minutes of toughness and intensity. I’m very proud of our team and what they accomplished in this game.
“I also want to give credit to Coach DeWitt and our scout team players for unselfishly working very hard to make sure our varsity was prepared. They were the difference in this game.”
Both teams had trouble getting untracked in a game that featured harrassing defensive pressure and physical play.
Following a 5-5 first-period stalemate, it was the Cardinals who exploded with a 22-point second quarter to take a 27-19 halftime edge. Beckwith scored two driving baskets following W.P.C.C. turnovers, Lehmann asserted her presence in the paint (6 points) and Kennedy nailed a pair of 3-point bombs to lead the surge.
Despite Lehmann’s seven third-period points, the Bluejays battled back to trim Boone Central’s advantage to four entering the final stanza. The visitors had no answer for the Cardinals’ long-range attack in that fourth quarter, however. Beckwith rained in a trio of treys in the period and Kennedy added another as Boone Central secured its 11th win.
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