Crofton has one of the best girls basketball traditions among Class C ranks in Nebraska, so Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Dec. 4 home contest against the Warriors was a good early-season test – one the Cardinals passed with flying colors.
BCNG had a strong start, fought off Crofton rally efforts and emerged with a key 42-36 Mid-State Conference victory.
Boone Central/Newman Grove traveled to Central City Thursday and did, indeed, use momentum from Tuesday to post a 49-30 victory over the previously unbeaten Bison.
Defense was again a big key in the decision, as BCNG stretched a one-point edge to a 23-13 halftime lead by limiting Central City to two second-quarter points.
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s rugged early-season schedule continued Friday with a home game vs. Mid-State rival Pierce – the Cardinals’ third test vs. a rated foe in their initial four games.
In a contest that featured more intensity and effort than artistry, the visiting Bluejays were able to sneak out a 34-32 victory when a last-second BCNG shot failed.
While any loss – especially one in conference – is disappointing, the Cardinals showed grit fighting back from an early hole and impressed Coach Andy Imus with their effort.
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