Following a gut-wrenching one point loss at Columbus Scotus Thursday, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals regrouped to thump visiting Ord Friday, improving their season record to 9-8.
Boone Central/Newman Grove hosts Norfolk Catholic this Thursday, then travels to Battle Creek Friday before beginning play in the 2012-13 Mid-State Conference Tournament Jan. 28.
Scotus 37, BC/NG 36
Oh so close.
A furious finishing flurry of points in the fourth quarter gave Boone Central/Newman Grove a shot at victory Thursday at Columbus before the Lady Cards came up one excruciating point short of host Scotus, 37-36.
As is often the case when these programs meet, the game was a defensive donnybrook most of the way. Scotus took a 15-13 lead into intermission and expanded that narrow advantage to 23-17 entering the fourth period.
The Cardinals exploded offensively in that final stanza, netting more points (19) than in the first three quarters combined as Darienne Pokorny poured in nine and Jade Gottier and Rebecca Reicks each added five.
Unfortunately, the Shamrocks also heated up, sinking six free throws and scoring 14 points to narrowly hold off BC/NG.
BC/NG 54, Ord 34
Boone Central/Newman Grove had no time to mope about Thursday’s outcome, hosting Ord Friday in Albion. The Lady Cardinals put the heartbreaking loss behind them and stormed to their ninth victory of the season, 54-34.
Boone Central/Newman Grove got its first breathing room of the contest with a 3-point barrage in the second period. Pokorny rained in three shots from beyond the arc and Shannon Stuhlmiller added a fourth as the Cards took a 24-16 halftime lead.
Despite another 3-pointer by Stuhlmiller, the Chanticleers trimmed the BC/NG lead to 35-31 entering the fourth period. Boone Central/Newman Grove’s fullcourt defensive pressure and depth finally took its toll in the final eight minutes, however, and the roof caved in on the visitors. Led by Gottier’s eight points, BC/NG outscored the Chants 19-3 to pull away.
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