The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to Laurel-Concord-Coleridge in the opening round of the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout holiday basketball tournament Friday, then bounced back to defeat West Point-Beemer Saturday.
BC/NG (6-3) was scheduled to face Wayne Monday in the girls’ 5th place game at Wayne State College.
L-C-C 55, BC/NG 53
It wasn’t a ‘freebie,’ but Laurel-Concord-Coleridge kept piling up points at the free throw line Friday and used a 13-point advantage at the charity stripe to squeeze out a 55-53 victory over Boone Central/Newman Grove.
The Cardinals came out hot, racking up 19 first-quarter points, and held a 29-26 halftime advantage. The lead see-sawed for much of the second half before L-C-C gained a tenuous late edge.
Trailing 54-53, BC/NG had two chances in the final seconds to go on top. L-C-C added a free throw after making a steal with 2.7 seconds to play, however, then swiped another Cardinal pass to secure the win.
Card Coach Mike Kennedy saw some good and some not-so-good from his squad.
“We came off the five-day break playing very well on offense. That was certainly an encouraging sign,” he commented. “We also did a great job on the defensive boards, holding them to eight offensive rebounds.
“Our downfall was our inability to play defense without fouling. We were 7-of-12 from the free throw line to their 20-of-29.
“We must improve in this area.”
BC/NG 42, WP-B 30
Boone Central/Newman Grove was in the zone Saturday morning.
The Lady Cardinals used a stifling zone defense to shut down West Point-Beemer in consolation play at the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout and earned a 42-30 victory over the Cadets.
West Point-Beemer did not have double figures in a quarter until scoring 10 in the final stanza. By then, BC/NG had rolled up leads of 24-11 at halftime and 37-20 through three quarters.
“This was a good win for our team. It was a great way to get past a disappointing first-round loss by getting right back on the court and competing again,” Kennedy said. “We were very solid in our zone defense, holding West Point-Beemer to 17 percent shooting from the field. We also accumulated 55 rebounds – our strongest rebounding effort this season.
“We need to continue to improve at defending without fouling, but it is great to get back in the win column.”
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