The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals trounced Madison to reach the semi-finals of the C1-8 Sub-District basketball tournament, but didn’t bring their ‘A’ game Tuesday against Class C1 #4 Norfolk Catholic.
The result was a 60-38 Lady Knight victory and the end of BC/NG’s 2014-15 season. The Lady Cards finish 9-14.
Last week’s postseason play started well Monday, as Boone Central/Newman Grove raced to an early lead and dispatched Madison 61-37 at Norfolk High School.
Kaity Stuhr hit a three-point shot and scored five points to help BC/NG take an 18-7 lead through one period of play. The Cards boosted that advantage to 38-17 by intermission, with Sadie Wallin scoring six points and Elissa Slizoski five in the second quarter.
The challenge Tuesday was much greater for Boone Central/Newman Grove and the Lady Cardinals were not able to match Norfolk Catholic (19-5) on the boards or the scoreboard in a 60-38 season-ending loss.
Led by 6-foot-3 center Geena Piper’s seven points, Catholic forged a 16-0 run in the game’s first seven minutes. The lead grew to 36-10 by halftime and the Lady Knights were up 40-10 at one point early in the third period.
Imus said one area, in particular, hurt his team.
“A lack of defensive rebounding. We gave up too many offensive rebounds against Norfolk Catholic, which is frustrating since we knew that’d be an important part of the game for us to have a chance to win,” he stated. “Some of it was the ability of Norfolk Catholic’s players, but we also didn’t give great effort on a consistent basis.
“Their size inside caused us some fits, like it does against anbody we play. We had to double-down on their post player and, at times, we would lose our assigned girl. We lost some discipline on the defensive end and, if you do that against a good team, they’ll make you pay.”
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