Talk about a tough week.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals faced not one, but two #1 rated opponents sandwiched around a trip to 3-1 Central City in a span of four days.
BC/NG hosted Crofton at Newman Grove Tuesday, Dec. 9, and the Lady Warriors showed why they’re ranked #1 in Class C2 and are included in the Nebraska All-Class Top 10 with a 73-38 victory.
Crofton scorched the nets for 29 first-quarter points, leading 29-11, and built a 46-19 advantage by intermission.
“We played a very good team. We didn’t handle their full-court pressure, which allowed Crofton to get easy points in transition,” commented Cardinal Coach Andy Imus.
Boone Central/Newman Grove took to the road Thursday and had difficulty generating points in a 46-36 loss to Central City. The Cards fell in an early hole in the opening period and were never able to get in sync on the offensive end of the court.
“We struggled offensively and didn’t have much ball movement in the half-court,” Imus noted. “We must continue to work on our offensive identity.”
Although Boone Central/Newman Grove returned to its home court Friday, it was like jumping from the frying pan into the fire, as the Cards hosted 2014 Class C1 state champion and preseason #1 Pierce.
The tall, deep Bluejays used their defensive prowess and a 24-4 second-quarter blitz to spark a 56-33 victory, dropping the Cardinals to 2-3.
“The two teams played pretty even in the second half, with Pierce outscoring us 23-21,” he noted. “I thought the girls played well in spurts, we just need more consistency.
“I’m proud of the way our girls competed and worked hard throughout the game. We saw some things that were positives and we’ll continue to build on those.”
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