The Boone Central Cardinals showed tremendous improvement in their second game of the 2011-12 basketball season Friday, but came up tantalizingly short of their first victory in a 53-51 decision at Pierce.
It was a game of peaks and valleys for the Cardinals, who alternated quarters of inefficiency and proficiency. In the end, the host Bluejays put a three-point dagger in a late Boone Central charge and held on for the Mid-State Conference win between teams with a history of knock-down, drag-out battles.
“This was another hard-fought game and it came right down to the wire,” acknowledged Boone Central Coach Dan Zoucha, whose squad dropped to 0-2. “We fell a little short, but this was what we would call a ‘Boone Central effort’.
“We had chances at the end and just fell short. We are making progress and had many pluses in this game. We significantly outrebounded Pierce and we made some shots. While our foul shooting is better, we need to make teams really pay when we get to the line.”
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