The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals followed up a big victory over state-rated Wayne by sweeping contests against Mid-State Conference opponents this past weekend.
BC/NG, now 11-4 and 5th in the Omaha World-Herald C1 Top 10, have two games again this week, traveling to Columbus Scotus Thursday before returning home Friday to host Ord.
BC/NG 62, Madison 39
Boone Central/Newman Grove jumped out to an early lead at Madison Friday, Jan. 11, and breezed to a 62-39 victory over the Dragons.
With Carter Johnson hitting a 3-point shot and scoring six points, the Cardinals raced to an 18-6 advantage by the end of the opening quarter. Johnson added a second trey and Derek Gentrup netted seven second-period points as BC/NG built a 34-18 halftime lead.
“We jumped out to an early lead – Madison had difficulty handling our press, resulting in opportunities to convert steals into points,” Card Coach Dan Zoucha commented. “We stressed playing a solid game on both ends of the floor and, for the most part, we felt we were able to do that.”
BC/NG 48, G.A.C.C. 42
Boone Central/Newman Grove faced a sterner test Saturday at Newman Grove, securing a 48-42 triumph over a scrappy Guardian Angels Central Catholic squad with clutch foul shooting in the final period.
BC/NG led most of the first half, but had trouble pulling away from the Bluejays. Bremer scored seven points in the first two quarters and the Cardinals took a 23-14 lead into intermission as Wyatt Mazour sank a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
G.A.C.C. fought back to outscore Boone Central/Newman Grove 18-10 in the third period, but the Cardinals were able to nail down the conference win at the charity stripe in the final eight minutes – sinking 12-of-14, including 8-of-10 by Hedlund. BC/NG’s only other points in the quarter were Gentrup’s 3-point field goal.
“We did not shoot the greatest. In the first quarter we did not finish strongly to the hoop. Had we done that, we would have had 10 more points,” Zoucha noted. “By not finishing, we allowed a pretty scrappy G.A.C.C. team to stay in the game.
“We were also careless with the ball. We finished with 12 turnovers and that does not seem like many. But G.A.C.C. scored 13 points off of five of those. We needed to be stronger and smarter with the ball.
“Once again our kids played hard. Their defense frustrated G.A.C.C. and we blocked 13 shots,” he added. “We were also better at the line, making 17-of-25. We were 12-of-14 in the fourth quarter, which is outstanding.”
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