The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals ran their current winning streak to five games this past week, improving their season record to 5-1 in the process.
The Cardinals, ranked 10th in Class C1 by the Omaha World-Herald, had no trouble in a pair of road tilts at Twin River and Norfolk Catholic, combining offensive production with solid defense to produce winning margins of 11 and 16 points.
BC/NG 67, T. River 56
Boone Central/Newman Grove used strong starts to both halves to spark a 67-56 victory over the Twin River Titans Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Genoa.
Jessie Sullivan dominated in the paint in the first period, scoring eight points to help BC/NG take a 17-11 advantage. The Cardinals maintained a 36-31 lead at halftime, then again outscored the hosts 17-11 in the third quarter, as Dylan Gentrup hit a 3-pointer and scored eight points and Sullivan added another six.
“We had another great first quarter and just kind of maintained our lead from there. We responded when Twin River would cut into our lead,” commented Card Coach Justin Harris. “We were short a player due to illness, but fortunately we had players step up that we are confident in. That comes from the games we played this summer and being able to find roles during the summer.”
BC/NG 60, N. Catholic 44
Boone Central/Newman Grove may have taken out at least a few frustrations for its loss in the C1 state championship football game Friday night, thumping Mid-State Conference for Norfolk Catholic 60-44.
“I thought we shared the ball really well. We played sound defensively and were able to force some turnovers,” Harris praised. “I thought we did a great job responding to any run that they made.”
BC/NG got 3-point field goals by Ranslem, Nelson and Weston Choat to open a 13-8 lead in the first quarter, then rode Gentrup’s eight-point second period, including two 3-pointers, to a 28-17 halftime lead. The long-range shooting opened things up for Sullivan in the second half, as the 6-foot-4 senior powered his way to 13 points after intermission. The Cardinals sank 10-of-14 second-half free throws to help stymie any Catholic rally attempts.
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