Boone Central/Newman Grove capped a 16-7 regular season and, hopefully, began some momentum for this week’s sub-district tournament with a 74-66 victory at Crofton (2-18) Friday.
After a sluggish start and nine-point deficit, the Cardinals found their offensive rhythm, scoring 64 points in the final three quarters.
“I thought we had a great, balanced scoring attack. We found ways to score and created opportunities by collecting 23 offensive rebounds,” Card Coach Justin Harris commented. “We forced a lot of turnovers to limit their chances. We did have too many careless turnovers that led to easy points. We only had 13 total turnovers, but half of them were unforced.”
Crofton burst from the starting gate, riding four 3-point field goals to a 19-10 lead through eight minutes of play. The Cards responded in the second period and forged a 36-36 halftime deadlock behind 10 points by Dylan Gentrup and nine from Cody Nelson. Nelson and Carter Henry each sank a 3-pointer in the period.
Although unable to pull away from the stubborn Warriors, Boone Central/Newman Grove used contributions from multiple players to continue clocking offensively in the second half.
Henry knocked down a pair of 3-point shots in the third period, and two more in the fourth, and Will Frey netted six points in the final 16 minutes. In all, the Cards received points from seven different players following intermission.
Crofton’s Noah Lancaster did his best to keep the hosts in contention, sinking a trio of 3-pointers and pouring in a game-high 32 points, but BC/NG’s balanced attack proved to be too much.
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