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Ranked Lady Cardinals Improve To 8-1

Wells hooks in twoKeep the mo!
That could have been the battle cry for the Boone Central girls basketball team this past weekend, as the Cardinals attempted to maintain the momentum generated by a terrific start to the 2008-09 season and prepare for the heart of their conference schedule.
Boone Central, which joined the Omaha World-Herald Class C1 Top 10 last week, opened the weekend with a 72-29 breeze past outmanned O’Neill Friday in Albion, then pulled out a key Mid-State road win with a thrilling 56-53 decision at Wayne Saturday. The Lady Cardinals are currently 9th in the OWH C1 rankings with an 8-1 record.
“Our record improves to 3-0 in the conference (8-1 overall),” stated Card Coach Mike Kennedy. “We are starting to position ourselves well for conference seeding – which was one of our main goals for this season.
“We know we have some very tough contests coming up and we look forward to these challenges.”
Friday’s matchup with O’Neill did not prove to be much of a challenge for a sharp Cardinal squad. Boone Central held the Eagles scoreless for the first nine minutes of the game and cruised to its seventh win of the campaign.
“I was very pleased with our confidence level vs. O’Neill – it showed in how well we shot the ball from the field (52%),” Kennedy noted. “We played defense with a high level of energy and were able to hold O’Neill scoreless for a long stretch to begin the game.
“We were able to get many of our reserve players significant minutes in the second half and allow them to be rewarded for the hard work they’ve put into our program this season. It also helped save some of the varsity regulars a few minutes and keep them fresh for Saturday.”

Saturday’s road test at Wayne was an entirely different story for the Boone Central Lady Cardinals than Friday’s romp.
The Cards survived a sluggish second period and bounced back with a strong second half to nip the Blue Devils 56-53.
“We were very pleased to win this game,” Kennedy noted. “Wayne has a very talented offensive team and to go into their gym and pull out a close victory is a significant achievement.”

“Our team was really revved up in the first half and we committed some turnovers because of it,” said Kennedy. “At halftime, we mainly discussed playing under control, relaxing and making simple plays.
“Julia Temme’s three-point shot with just under a minute to play was the result of a well-executed special set – Julia shot it with confidence and buried it,” he added. “From there, we managed the game well and hung on for a hard-fought win.”

Complete Details in Print Edition of Albion News.