In sports, you often hear coaches talk about “grinding.” Boone Central/Newman Grove’s 54-53 victory at Scotus Thursday was, indeed, a grinder.
The Cardinals needed players to step up and fill voids created by illness and injury, and the result was a gritty win that Coach Justin Harris said his squad could be proud of.
“I thought we did a great job battling throughout the game. Ryan Kramer stepped up and played really well,” Harris praised. “We were without Chase (Thieman) and Nick (Langan) due to sickness, Logan (Hodges) was injured in the first quarter and Zach (Reicks) was sick the two days prior.
“We responded really well and the boys stepped up to make the plays we needed.”
Will Frey and Hodges sank 3-pointers as BCNG took a slim 10-9 edge in the opening quarter. Weston Choat’s nine second-period points – including a pair of treys – sparked a 17-11 run that put the Cardinals up 27-20 at halftime.
Scotus (5-10) outscored BCNG 18-10 in quarter three, sinking four 3-point field goals, and the teams battled back-and-forth in a spirited fourth period, the Cardinals getting the final edge as Kramer poured in ten points with a pair of 3-point shots and a 4-for-4 performance at the foul line.
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