The Boone Central/Newman Grove girls basketball team continued to scrap and stay above the .500 mark by splitting Mid-State Conference games Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Cardinals (8-7) will play two games out of conference this week, traveling to Columbus Scotus Thursday and hosting Ord Friday in Albion.
BC/NG 61, Madison 32
With an explosive start and a strong overall game on the offensive end, Boone Central/Newman Grove racked up its second-highest point total of the season and defeated host Madison 61-32 Friday, Jan. 11.
BC/NG raced to a 23-4 lead in the opening period and also had 17 and 14-point quarters in the second half of one of their best offensive games to date.
“We really got off to a fast start by making eight of our first nine shots from the field and playing defense with great energy,” praised Coach Mike Kennedy. “It was great to see so many kids play well and contribute quality performances to the win.”
G.A.C.C. 74, BC/NG 47
Things did not go nearly as smoothly Saturday night at Newman Grove for the Lady Cardinals. Boone Central/Newman Grove was on the other side of a fast start, as Class D1 #1 Guardian Angels Central Catholic took early control in a 74-47 triumph.
The Lady Bluejays, using suffocating fullcourt defensive pressure, 3-point bombs, and strong rebounding and inside scoring, raced to a 16-1 lead and held a 24-7 advantage at the end of the first period.
G.A.C.C. added 18 points in the second period to lead 42-20 at halftime and BC/NG rarely got within 20 points of the Jays through the remainder of the contest.
“We were faced with a very difficult challenge against a talented, experienced team,” acknowledged Kennedy. “There were some areas we really competed well in and some we got exposed in.”
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