With one of the toughest postseason assignments in Class C1, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals saw their 2017-18 season end with a 57-24 loss to undefeated Ord (24-0) in the C1-6 Sub-District at Burwell Feb. 13.
Boone Central/Newman Grove (5-16) stayed with the Chants for one quarter, but could tally just three points in the second period to fall behind 22-8. The Cardinals began the second half with a 3-point field goal by Kylee Rasmussen, but could get no closer. Ord rattled off 22 points in the third quarter to double the score, 44-22, and finished with a 13-2 kick in the fourth.
“We had a decent start, down 7-5 after the first quarter. We had missed opportunities in the first, as we missed quite a few shots under the basket,” commented Card Coach Andy Imus. “We may have been a little excited and approached this game a little differently.
“Our defensive pressure was good and our girls worked hard defensively in the first half. Kylee’s 3-pointer to open the second half got it to 22-11, but that is as close as it would get.
“We had some mistakes in our rotations, which is frustrating since we work on it and see it daily, yet don’t see it transfer to games,” Imus noted. “Ord got it inside too easily and did a good job getting their inside game going.
“Hopefully, our girls who will return understand what it takes to be a top C1 team, as they have seen it in Ord. We want to thank Paige Ketteler for her four years helping shape our program. We’re excited for the future of the Lady Cardinal basketball program.”
BC/NG struggled shooting in the sub-district contest, hitting just 8-of-32 2-point field goal attempts, 1-of-8 3-point tries and 5-of-10 free throws. The Cardinals committed 25 turnovers, leading to 18 Ord points, and were outscored 24-14 in the painted area.
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