Rolling, rolling, rolling.
Like a large rock gaining downhill momentum, the Boone Central Lady Cardinals continued to flatten anything in their path last week.
Boone Central opened back-to-back Mid-State Conference tilts with a big 63-47 victory over longtime nemesis Norfolk Catholic Thursday in Albion, then turned aside host Battle Creek Friday, 53-32.
The Cardinals, ranked 3rd in Class C1 by the Omaha World-Herald, improved to 14-1 overall and kept its conference record unblemished (7-0).
Thursday’s win over Norfolk Catholic entertained a raucous Senior Night crowd and was Boone Central’s 13th consecutive home-court victory, capping a second straight undefeated home season for the Cards.
“This was a very emotional night for our team due to Senior Parents Night and a strong desire to beat a good Norfolk Catholic team,” commented BC Coach Mike Kennedy. “We played with a high level of energy and really left everything we had on the floor.
“We got a great contribution from everybody who played in this game.
“Our crowd was outstanding – it really gave us that extra emotion and enthusiasm to help carry us over the top. I’m very happy for our five seniors, they deserved a big win on Senior Night. They have been a tremendous group to coach.”
“One of the real keys to this game was also outrebounding Norfolk Catholic 42-27,” noted Kennedy. “We were able to get 16 offensive rebounds to their seven.”
Bobbi Beckwith topped the scoring column with 17 points. Stephanie Paulson added 12 and Julia Temme chipped in 12. Paulson and Temme pulled down nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Brittany Luettel dished out five assists and Beckwith made three steals in the contest.
A tired Cardinal squad gathered itself and met a conference road challenge Friday night, defeating the Battle Creek Bravettes 53-32.
“We were very drained from Thursday night – we were emotionally flat and had tired legs,” admitted Kennedy. “I am so proud of the team for battling like champions and earning a hard-fought road victory. They just were not going to be denied and it shows the character of our team.
“We had to deal with foul trouble to our post players all night. Lindsay Temme came in and gave us a great game rebounding and defending in the post.
“Our defense really shut them down after the first quarter and we did a great job on the boards,” he added. “We limited them to seven offensive rebounds and that was a big factor in the win.”
Beckwith led balanced scoring with 12 points. Julia Temme, Erica Carder and Cara Struebing all netted nine.
Now, it’s on to the Mid-State tournament, where Boone Central is the #1 seed and favorite to win the 2008-09 crown.
“We are a very confident basketball team right now and are looking forward to an exciting week of basketball in the conference tournament,” Kennedy commented. “We hope we will have a big crowd come over to Norfolk and support us as we compete for the tournament title.”
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