The Boone Central Cardinals enjoyed their best week of the 2009-10 season, running their post-holiday winning streak to three games before losing at West Point Central Catholic Saturday.
While pleased with the victories, Cardinal Coach Dan Zoucha said Saturday’s game highlighted some areas his team still needs to improve on.
“The next two weeks are going to be critical for us in getting ready for the conference tournament and sub-district play,” Zoucha noted.
Playing for the first time in nearly two weeks due to weather postponements, Boone Central looked anything but rusty at O’Neill Tuesday, Jan. 12.
The Cardinals exploded out of the gate with 22 first-quarter points, taking a 22-9 lead, and used that momentum to score a 69-58 victory.
“We got off to a very quick start,” acknowledged Zoucha. “We shot very well from the floor and foul line, which has been a part of the game we’ve been trying to improve.
“We had many players contribute, which made it a good team effort.”
After a slow start Friday, host Boone Central simply overwhelmed winless Madison, holding the Dragons to a season-low point total in a 68-15 victory.
With shots not falling in the opening quarter, the Cards trailed 8-7 following the opening eight minutes. From there, it was all Boone Central, beginning with a 22-2 run in the second quarter.
“It was good to play at home again after almost a month,” Zoucha stated. “We played with a lot of confidence and got the ball to many players during the game.
“We kept our intensity up throughout the entire game.”
Boone Central returned to the road Saturday and found the going difficult in a 72-46 loss to Mid-State Conference foe West Point Central Catholic.
“We knew coming in that Central Catholic had several players who could score – our defense was not what we expect from a Boone Central team and this will be addressed,” Zoucha commented. “The second half was better, but we had to continue working ourselves out of a very big hole.
“We had plenty of opportunities to score, but just did not finish. We will need to have a couple players step up to the challenge of being more of an offensive threat.”
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