In many ways, the 2015-16 girls basketball season figures to be a building year for an inexperienced Boone Central/Newman Grove team short on upperclass numbers.
That doesn’t mean the Cardinals won’t give great effort, however.
Despite coming up shy of victory on the first weekend of action, the BC/NG girls did battle gamely, displaying the effort and improvement Coach Andy Imus is looking for.
Boone Central/Newman Grove got off to a quick start in Albion Friday night, leading Mid-State Conference foe Hartington Cedar Catholic through one quarter before the roof caved in in a 58-33 loss.
“I thought our girls came out with high energy to start the game and were pretty active on defense. Offensively, I liked our execution and thought we did some good things getting to the basket and the free throw line,” Imus said. “In the second quarter, we did not execute like we should have and could not get into a rhythm.
“Our conditioning was a factor during the second and third quarters and we gave up on some small things that led to bigger things for HCC.”
BC/NG traveled to Columbus Saturday afternoon and took Lakeview right to the wire before dropping a 38-35 decision.
It was a contest neither team could pull away in. BC/NG turned an 11-10 deficit into a 23-21 halftime edge behind six second-quarter points from Tessa Hedlund and five by Reigle.
Kayla Schrunk scored all eight of Lakeview’s points in the third period as the Vikings pulled within a point. The hosts then outscored BC/NG 9-5 in the final stanza, with Hedlund the only Cardinal able to tally.
“The girls played more consistently and improved from the night before, and that’s what we would like to see as we move through the season,” Imus praised.
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