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Lady Cards get first win after shedding rust

The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals notched their first victory of the season Monday night at O’Neill, defeating the host Eagles 51-48.
No further details were available this week and will appear in the Jan. 20 edition of the Albion News.

Wayne bedevils Lady Cards

Practice may make perfect, but you need game competition, too.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals, perhaps a bit rusty after several sizeable gaps in the schedule, hosted Mid-State Conference foe Wayne Saturday and dropped a 71-36 decision to the C1 Top 10 Blue Devils.

Wayne got the upper hand early, building a 17-8 lead through one quarter, then used a 20-8 run to take a 37-16 advantage at intermission.
It was a game in which Card Coach Andy Imus saw some encouraging things by his young squad, but plenty of areas still needing improvement.
“Our girls were finally able to play their first game of the new year. We had two weeks off prior to the holiday tournament, and another week and a half after the tournament,” Imus noted. “We tweaked our offense a bit to get more movement, and I thought the girls did a good job to start the game. We had good looks at the basket throughout the game, but a 10-of-46 shooting effort did not help matters.
“Defensively, we didn’t do a good job of keeping our girl in front of us. When we are beat off the dribble, we need to help quicker, which throws our rotation out of sorts,” Imus continued. “We’re poor at communicating and we still struggle understanding that the ball scores, not your girl who doesn’t have the ball. We didn’t contest shots well and need to play with more urgency on the defensive end.
“Overall, the team is doing some good things and improving daily, and they’ll see the small things make a bigger difference down the road.”

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