After the previous hectic week with three games in four days, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals had just one contest this past week.
That was, however, a key game that turned into a very big win for BC/NG.
The Cardinals hosted unbeaten Twin River Tuesday, Dec. 13, and finished a topsy-turvy, seesaw battle with a 52-51 victory on Lauren Hedlund’s late free throw.
BC/NG had a good start to the contest, building a 13-10 lead in the first quarter and held on to a 25-21 advantage at halftime. Twin River made a big run in the third period, however, outscoring the Cardinals 22-15 to lead 43-40 entering the final eight minutes.
Boone Central/Newman Grove fought back and the teams traded blows, tied at 51-51 in the final minute. The Titans worked for a final shot, but had an attempt from the paint fall short and BC/NG snared the rebound with three seconds to play. Following a time out, Hedlund was fouled and sank the second of two shots. Twin River’s three-quarter court heave at the buzzer fell short, setting off a Cardinal celebration.
BC/NG Coach Andy Imus, whose team improved to 3-3, was pleased with the effort, but aware the Cards still have areas of play needing improvement.
“Our full court pressure caused Twin River some fits early, but we had a 20-11 lead whittled down to two late in the first half,” Imus noted. “Twin River had a big third quarter. We had a few kids in foul trouble, so our bench did some good things for us at times in the second half.
“We shot 23-of-30 from the free throw line, which ultimately won us the game. ”
Tessa Hedlund led Cardinal scorers with 20 points, sinking 4-of-10 3-point attempts. Jenna Kramer tallied 14 points and Lauren Hedlund 12. Lauren Hedlund led the effort on the boards with nine rebounds. Carsen Grape grabbed eight rebounds and Kramer seven. Kramer blocked four shots and Bailey Reigle made three steals for BC/NG.
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