The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals concluded a rough regular season with a strong 60-47 victory over visiting Ainsworth (2-17) Saturday.
“A confidence win to end the regular season,” said Card Coach Andy Imus. “Our girls are continuing to understand how to play with each other, as we have a variety of girls playing together for the first time.
“We will continue to work hard and improve as a team as we head into sub-district play.”
The Cardinals led 15-11 after one quarter of play, then blitzed the Bulldogs with a 19-5 run in the second quarter. BC/NG struggled to score in the third period, but righted the ship in the fourth and tallied 18 points to hold off the pesky Bulldogs.
“Great first half, as we took a 34-16 lead. When we had trouble scoring in the third quarter, we could not set up our press,” Imus noted. “We let them beat us off the dribble in the second half and they knocked down some shots.
“Our girls responded with some layups against their pressure in the fourth.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s week had begun Tuesday with a 65-40 loss to Class B Northwest (11-10) in Albion.
Boone Central/Newman Grove (5-15) had trouble containing the Lady Vikings in the first half. Northwest raced to an 18-10 lead in the opening eight minutes and held a 38-25 halftime advantage.
“We did not get off to a very strong start and were down 10-2 early in the first quarter. We had difficulty guarding #1 (Brown), who does it all for Northwest,” Imus commented. “We did not defend on-ball screens well, and when we did, our rotations to ‘help the help’ were not there.
“Credit them, #1 played the whole game and we just could not wear her down. Offensively, when we did execute and had good ball and off-ball movement, we were able to get good looks.
“We need to continue to understand the game and the why of what we do.”
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