A scrappy Crofton team gave Boone Central/Newman Grove fits for three quarters before the Cardinals rode a 21-8 closing kick to a 71-57 Mid-State Conference victory in Albion.
The win in the regular season finale was BC/NG’s third straight and improved the Cardinals’ season record to 13-8 heading into C1-9 Subdistrict play vs. St. Paul (10-10) Tuesday night at Grand Island.
Crofton (9-12) proved to be a pesky foe early, handling BC/NG’s full court pressure defense and getting to the basket to score or draw Card fouls. A 14-of-17 performance at the foul line helped the Warriors turn a 17-15 first-quarter deficit into a 36-32 halftime lead.
Boone Central/Newman Grove turned the tables following intermission, holding Crofton to just 21 second-half points and finding the range offensively.
With senior Tanner Schafer sinking four 3-point field goals – and BC/NG finishing 10-of-25 overall behind the arc – the Cards erased the Crofton lead in the third period, then finished the victory with their strong run in the final stanza.
Along with its 40 percent marksmanship from long range, BC/NG made 17-of-29 2-point attempts (58%) and 7-of-10 free throws in the game. While Crofton outrebounded the hosts 32-24, BC/NG forced 17 Warrior miscues and scored 17 points off of those turnovers. The Cards recorded 21 assists on their 27 field goals.
Dylan Gentrup led balanced scoring with 16 points. Schafer tallied 14, Cody Nelson, Derek Stuhr and Carter Henry 11 each.
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