Bring on #1!
The Boone Central Lady Cardinals certainly don’t shrink from that particular challenge.
Earlier this season, BC ambushed preseason Class C1 #1 Minden in Albion. Last Thursday, the Lady Cardinals went on the road and bushwhacked Mid-State rival Norfolk Catholic, which had assumed the top position in the Lincoln Journal-Star C1 Top 10 (#3 in Omaha World-Herald).
In scoring the 47-31 victory, Boone Central (new Jan. 31 LJS #1, #3 OWH) turned the tables on the Lady Knights, who had used a 16-0 second-half run last year to upset BC in district play.
Thursday, the Lady Cards outscored Norfolk Catholic 16-1 in the second quarter, flipping a three-point deficit into a 30-18 halftime lead. BC stretched that margin to 32-18 early in the third period before a Catholic bucket ended a 10 minute, 51 second field-goal drought for the Knights.
“We defended with intensity and rebounded well on the defensive end. It was exactly what we knew we would have to do to be successful,” stated Cardinal Coach Mike Kennedy. “Norfolk Catholic missed some shots they are capable of making and we were able to take advantage.”
Meanwhile, Boone Central did a lot of damage in the paint, with Maria Glidden scoring 10 first-half points and Jenna Lehmann seven. Jaime Kennedy hit a pair of three-point shots in the first half, the second tieing the contest at 17 and starting the 16-1 run. Moments later, Jade Gottier’s trey gave the Cards their first lead since the opening minute of the game.
“We really got our high-low post game working in this game,” Kennedy noted. “Maria Glidden had an outstanding game, scoring 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and adding five assists.”
With their double-digit lead, the second half was a lot of defense and a dose of Lehmann for the Cardinals. Boone Central held the hosts to just 13 points after intermission, while BC’s senior center tossed in another five points in the third period.
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