A furious finish could not overcome a sluggish start as Boone Central dropped a 45-39 decision to visiting Crofton in the final game of the 2010-11 regular season Friday.
The Cardinals were stuck on two points more than 11 minutes into the contest and couldn’t get untracked until the final period, when they scored more points (21) than in the previous three quarters combined (18).
“We were hoping to send out lone senior, Trey Sorell, out on a happier note, but it just did not happen,” rued Boone Central Coach Dan Zoucha. “All season, we have been dealing with slow starts, but the past few games it seemed we were getting over the hump in that area.
“After scoring on our initial possession Friday, we failed to get on the board in our next nine possessions. We thought we took some pretty good shots, they just did not fall. The second and third quarters were much the same. We did not penetrate Crofton’s zone and spent too much time on the perimeter.
“We made a huge surge in the fourth quarter,” Zoucha noted. “We came out more aggressive defensively and just played with a lot of energy.
“We were down 38-39 with under two minutes to play, but in the end could not overcome fighting back from the early deficit. Our guys played with a lot of guts and determination down the stretch. Afterwards, we reminded them we would need that fourth quarter effort Tuesday when we begin sub-district play.”
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