It’s been a tough season, but the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals enjoyed a sliver of light Monday, Jan. 11, with their first victory of the basketball season.
BC/NG built a halftime lead with a strong second quarter, then held off charges by O’Neill in the second half to notch a 51-48 road victory over the Eagles.
“We switched to a zone defense in the second quarter, as we had a few girls in foul trouble,” noted Card Coach Andy Imus. “We had a better flow offensively and were sharing the ball pretty well. We had decent ball movement that caused O’Neill some fits defensively.”
One half to forget, one to remember.
That was the story Friday at Newman Grove, as Boone Central/Newman Grove fell behind Stanton 34-10 by halftime, then played a very competitive final two quarters in a 68-45 loss to the Mustangs.
“We came out flat to begin the game and could not generate any offense. It was frustrating, because the lack of offense deflated our energy level on the defensive end,” Imus commented. “We turned it over on careless passes and our sureness with the ball wasn’t there.“I was disappointed with our lack of focus in the first half. We tweaked our lineup in the second half and I thought it paid off pretty well. We got a few stops and were able to generate some offense. We scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, led by Tessa’s five 3-pointers.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove concluded a busy week with a trip to West Point Saturday, dropping a 59-33 decision to tough Guardian Angels Central Catholic.
“I thought we had a pretty good defensive effort. We had a few breakdowns, but overall, I was pleased with our effort,” Imus praised. “We gave up quite a few offensive rebounds and they capitalized with points.
“I was disappointed in our 33 turnovers, most of which were unforced. We also only had two offensive rebounds, and when you don’t create more opportunities, you better be shooting really well.”
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