Prior to the holiday break each year, students are often faced with some harrowing final exams.
The Boone Central girls basketball team passed a pair of tough pre-holiday tests last week, improving to 6-0 with victories over Twin River and West Holt.
“We are very pleased to have started our season with six consecutive wins,” commented Cardinal Coach Mike Kennedy. “To this point, we have been an unselfish team that has many players who can contribute. This is the greatest strength of this team.”
It took a while for Boone Central to gain momentum in a Dec. 15 contest at Twin River, but a strong second half carried the Lady Cards to a 52-43 victory.
“A very good second half propelled us to the win,” Kennedy said. “We got much better post play in the second half and a gutsy performance by Bobbi Beckwith, who was recovering from the flu.
“Switching to zone defense in the fourth quarter seemed to take Twin River out of an effective offensive rhythm and forced them into some turnovers.”
Beckwith paced Boone Central with 18 points and four steals. Struebing scored 10 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.
The West Holt Huskies pushed Boone Central for three-and-a-half quarters Saturday before the Lady Cards put away a 56-46 victory.
“A six-deep rotation of post players and good free throw shooting were the keys to this win,” said Kennedy. “A second-half switch to zone defense again helped us slow down a very potent West Holt post game.
“It was a great team effort that included timely scoring off the bench by Kenzie Pelster, Emily Carder and Maria Glidden.”
Boone Central went 17-of-28 at the foul line, including 10-of-13 in the final period. The Cards had a 36-35 rebounding edge and again forced 26 turnovers. Jenna Lehmann led BC scorers with 12 points. Erica Carder finished with five points, seven rebounds and four steals.
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