Basketball is an uphill battle when the ball won’t go in the basket.
The Boone Central Cardinals can offer proof following their season opener vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic in Albion Friday.
Boone Central sank just 9-of-52 field goal attempts (17%) in the contest and dropped a 48-41 decision despite holding the Trojans to 29% shooting.
Trailing 21-18 at halftime, the Cardinals had a chance to rally in the third period, as they held Cedar Catholic to just five points with tenacious defense. Unfortunately, Boone Central went without a single field goal in the quarter and tallied just three points from the foul line.
“A very poor night of shooting took away from what the coaches believe was a very good defensive effort,” acknowledged Boone Central Coach Dan Zoucha. “We started off OK and were ahead at the end of the first quarter. Cedar Catholic switched their defense and this gave us some trouble, but we were able to get a couple buckets before the end of the first half.
“The third quarter was one of the ‘coldest’ shooting quarters we’ve had in many years. We were 0-of-15 and our only points were on free throws.
“Many of our shots were not bad shots. However, we did miss several fastbreak opportunities and did not finish at the basket,” he noted. “We felt if we could get a couple of shots to fall, our confidence would rise and we’d be OK.”
”Overall, our defensive effort was good. We will correct the offensive end of the floor and our rebounding.”
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