It was a case of peaks and valleys for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals in last week’s Mid-State Conference Tournament at Norfolk.
A blowout loss. A hard-earned victory. A heartwrenching overtime defeat.
When all was said and done, the 1-2 performance and sixth-place conference finish left BC/NG with an 11-11 season record and two regular-season contests remaining before sub-district tournament play commences.
G.A.C.C. 74, BC/NG 34
Guardian Angels Central Catholic, the #1 ranked team in Class D1, bombarded Boone Central/Newman Grove with an early point blitz in a 74-34 Mid-State Tournament first-round victory Monday, Jan. 28.
A trio of 3-point field goals helped the Bluejays open a 21-8 first-quarter lead and, with 11 players scoring points, G.A.C.C. was in control throughout the contest.
BC/NG 50, Wayne 47
Boone Central/Newman Grove rode strong performances by its most experienced players – Gottier and Pokorny – to a tough 50-47 win over Wayne in a tightly-contested consolation game Thursday.
BC/NG trailed 12-10 after one quarter of play, but edged ahead 27-26 at intermission with a 17-point second period as Gottier scored six points. Pokorny and Marissa Beierman each netted four points as the Cards maintained their one-point edge entering the final stanza, then secured the victory behind six late points by Gottier. BC/NG sank 7-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter.
H.C.C. 63, BC/NG 58
Thursday’s Cardinal elation turned to Saturday’s heartbreak as Hartington Cedar Catholic nipped Boone Central/Newman Grove 63-58 in overtime.
In a wild, topsy-turvy contest, BC/NG used an 18-point outburst in the third quarter to erase an eight-point halftime deficit, lost its brief lead and made a furious rally in the final seconds to force OT before finally running out of gas.
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