To say the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals faced a difficult slate last week would be an understatement.
In just the second week of the season, BC/NG had a trio of games in four days, including tilts against two of outstate Nebraska’s top girls basketball programs.
“We had a challenging three-game week, but our girls look at these as opportunities to improve,” said Cardinal Coach Andy Imus. “We saw some good things and some not-so-good that we will use as coaches to help the girls improve.”
Crofton 68, BC/NG 23
Boone Central/Newman Grove opened the week with a long trip to Crofton Dec. 8 and dropped a 68-23 decision to the Class C2 #1 Lady Warriors.
“We fell behind 22-3 in the first quarter and did not do ourselves any favors with so many turnovers. We did a good job attacking, but forced too many shots on an athletic team,” Imus commented. “As a team, we need to better understand what we’re doing with the ball and the why’s of the game – that is our job, as coaches, to help these young ladies.”
C. City 47, BC/NG 21
Boone Central/Newman Grove could not get its offense untracked against Central City’s zone Thursday, falling to the Bison 47-21 in Albion.
The Cardinals scored just four points in each of the first two quarters to trail 20-8 at intermission, then could not keep up with a 15-7 Central City run in the third period.
“Again, we came out with no sense of urgency on the offensive end. We had 18 first-half turnovers, which were unforced on our end,” Imus said. “Offensively, we had a difficult time attacking their 1-3-1 zone and played a lot of perimeter ball. We needed to do a better job of attacking and collapsing the zone – we’ll learn from this.”
Pierce 65, BC/NG 25
It was “out of the frying pan, into the fire” Friday, as BC/NG traveled to Pierce. The host Lady Bluejays, ranked 4th in Class C1, handed Boone Central/Newman Grove a fifth straight loss, 65-25.
The Bluejays opened the contest with a 24-5 first-quarter blitz and held BC/NG to single-digit scoring in each period.
“We capped the week off against C1’s three-time champion. Overall, I really thought our girls played pretty well, considering the white-hot 3-point shooting by Pierce,” said Imus. “We began in man-to-man, but they isolated 6’1 Jaci Brahmer, who scored a quick seven points. We switched to a zone to take away their inside game and Pierce answered with seven first-half 3-pointers.
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