The Boone Central Lady Cardinals, who have ascended to the top of the Class C1 Top 10’s in the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star, are going to get every team’s best shot.
Boone Central took a pair of those shots this past weekend and answered with gritty Mid-State Conference victories to improve to 9-0.
In a game of dramatic runs in Albion Saturday, Boone Central used a final push to defeat C1 #6 Wayne 54-48.
Clinging to a precarious 38-37 edge following a 17-0 Wayne run, the Cardinals got a key three-point field goal by Shannon Stuhlmiller with just over five minutes to play, then sank 9-of-17 free throws down the stretch to hold off the Blue Devils.
“This was a game of runs. We extended the lead to 18 points in the second half, but turnovers and missed shots let Wayne back in the game,” Kennedy commented. “Shannon hit a big shot for us and we made enough plays down the stretch to come out with a hard-fought victory.”
Boone Central opened its difficult weekend Friday with a trip to O’Neill, nipping the LJS #5 Eagles 45-43.
O’Neill got off to a hot start and 15-11 first-period lead before the Cardinals clamped down defensively, holding the hosts to just 14 combined points over the next two quarters.
“Tonight was a typical Mid-State Conference game. Both teams defended with a lot of intensity and O’Neill shot the ball very well in the first quarter,” Kennedy said. “Our team responded well and just kept playing hard.
“Many players made key plays in this game and we are proud of that.”
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