The Boone Central girls basketball team had, perhaps, its worst six minutes of the season at the worst of times.
Mid-State Conference rival Norfolk Catholic outscored Boone Central 16-0 over an approximate six-minute stretch of the third and fourth quarters Thursday to key a 63-49 upset victory in the C1-8 Sub-District final at Norfolk High School.
The loss ended an 18-5 season for the top-seeded Cardinals. Norfolk Catholic (13-9) had lost twice previously to Boone Central in 2010-11, but used a whopping advantage at the foul line (26-of-41 to 7-of-17 by BC) to turn the tables in this one.
“This was an incredibly disappointing outcome for our team. They have invested their heart and soul to this program, and to be done with the season really hurts,” said Boone Central Coach Mike Kennedy. “We did not play our best game tonight and Norfolk Catholic shot the ball very well.”
Few would have expected this outcome just a few weeks ago following Boone Central’s 59-39 domination of the Knights in the Mid-State Tournament. In fact, it still looked implausible midway through the third period Thursday with the Cardinals holding a 37-32 lead after Emily Carder’s 3-point field goal.
Then came the key sequence of the contest that started the decisive stretch of action.
Boone Central missed a point-blank shot that would have extended its lead to seven and Norfolk Catholic’s Erin Anderson instead closed the gap to two with a 3-point shot at the other end. Beginning with that five-point swing, the Knights reeled off 16 straight points and took a 48-37 lead with just under six minutes to play on another Anderson long-range bomb.
Although Norfolk Catholic had a cold spell at the foul line (3-of-14) over a two-minute stretch late in the game, Boone Central could not take advantage. The Cardinals, in somewhat of a ‘desperation mode’, hit just 1-of-8 3-point tries in the final period and the Knights iced the decision with four straight free throws in the final seconds by Anderson and leading scorer Lacey Prusa.
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