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Lady Cards come up empty in conference

After defeating O’Neill in a Mid State Conference play-in game Jan. 31, the Boone Central girls basketball team was rewarded with a contest against Class C2 #1 Crofton this past Wednesday.
Well, something like that.
The mighty Lady Warriors blitzed BC/NG 59-18 and the Cardinals followed with a 52-40 consolation-bracket loss to Wayne Thursday.
Such is life in probably the toughest Class C girls basketball conference in Nebraska.

Crofton, which had defeated BC/NG 73-38 in an early-season game, dominated Wednesday’s matchup from the opening tip. The Warriors raced to a 27-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and had a 41-7 cushion by halftime.
“Crofton is very athletic and a Top 2 team in the state, regardless of class,” stated Card Coach Andy Imus. “Hopefully, our girls learn a couple of things from this game and move on.”

Whether it was a bit of a Crofton hangover, or possibly fatigue, another sluggish start hampered Boone Central/Newman Grove Thursday in consolation play. Wayne jumped out a a 12-4 lead in the first eight minutes and held the Cardinals to just 12 first-half points while building a 13-point halftime advantage.
BC/NG came back with a much stronger second half, but could not put much of a dent in the disadvantage.
“Our girls brought a much more aggressive approach on each end of the floor in the second half. We need to have a better understanding about how all the small things we talk about have a big impact on the scoreboard.”

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