Ups and downs.
Not surprisingly, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals, who returned just one starter from the team that finished third in Class C1 a year ago, are still searching for consistency during a 2-3 start to the 2012-13 season.
That trend continued this past week with losses to Crofton and Pierce sandwiched around a victory at Central City.
Boone Central/Newman Grove closes out the pre-holiday portion of its schedule with another busy week, traveling to West Holt Saturday and Minden Monday after hosting Twin River Tuesday at Newman Grove.
Crofton 59, BC/NG 35
Crofton carried a late first-half run into the second half and pulled away from host Boone Central/Newman Grove to post a 59-35 victory Dec. 4 in Albion.
With Tiffany Tramp sinking a trio of three-point baskets in the second quarter, the Lady Warriors turned a tight contest into a 29-19 point halftime cushion. BC/NG scored just 16 points after intermission and was never able to make a run at the visitors.
BC/NG 60, C. City 39
Shoring up several areas that plagued them Tuesday, Boone Central/Newman Grove bounced back to defeat host Central City 60-39 Thursday.
“We played better tonight in two key areas,” Kennedy commented. “We scored consistently, putting up double digits in every quarter, and we outrebounded Central City by 20.”
Marissa Beierman scored six points from close range, Pokorny hit a pair of treys and Rebecca Reicks added a three-pointer and five points overall as BC/NG raced to a 19-6 first-quarter lead. Ketteler netted six points and Terri Molt five as the Cardinal lead grew to 36-16 by intermission.
Pierce 48, BC/NG 39
With great height and length, Mid-State rival Pierce posed problems for Boone Central/Newman Grove Friday with a smothering 1-3-1 zone defense and strong rebounding. The result was a 48-39 Bluejay victory that dropped BC/NG to 2-3.
The Lady Cardinals got off to a slow start against the Pierce zone, scoring just two first-quarter points and trailing 15-12 at halftime. BC/NG roared back in the third period with long-range shooting. Pokorny knotted the score with an opening three-pointer, Gottier rained in back-to-back treys to give the Cards a 27-26 edge and Kaity Stuhr lofted in a last-second three to put BC/NG up 35-29.
Pierce again clamped down defensively in the fourth period, however, and sank 12 free throws to fuel a 19-4 rally run.
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