A last-second three-point shot that kissed off the glass and through the net ended Boone Central’s unbeaten season last Tuesday, but the Lady Cardinals rebounded to score the program’s first victory on Mid-State Conference rival Central Catholic’s home court in West Point over the weekend.
A packed house at the Boone Central gymnasium saw a Top 10 donnybrook Tuesday as C1 #2 Hastings St. Cecelia ended BC’s 11-game winning streak with a dramatic last-second basket and 47-44 victory.
After senior Britany Seda’s three-point rainbow tied the score and brought the partisan crowd to its feet with 30 seconds remaining in a taut contest, the Bluehawks patiently ran the clock to the last possible tick and got a banked three-point field goal by sophomore Morgan Nikkila with 0.8 seconds to play.
“It’s disappointing to lose a game at home,” Card Coach Mike Kennedy commented. “We played well in many ways, but could not make the one or two shots in the fourth quarter that would have changed the game in our favor.
“I am proud of how well we defended and am certain we will continue to play good basketball. This team has a lot of pride.”
A home court contest against 1-10 Madison Friday and an 88-20 romp past the Dragons helped Boone Central turn the page from Tuesday’s defeat.
The Cardinals exploded for 27 first-period points and built a 47-12 lead by intermission with Kennedy (14) and Lehmann (12) leading the barrage .
West Point Central Catholic now goes by Guardian Angels. The school has dropped to the Class D1 ranks. But, entering Saturday’s contest vs. Boone Central in West Point, the traditional Mid-State girls basketball powerhouse was still a Top 10 team in that class with a 9-4 record.
It took a gritty effort and overtime, but the Boone Central Lady Cardinals scored a first – the initial win on the Bluejays’ home court, 66-63.
“It was a great accomplishment. We talked about how no Boone Central team had been able to do that,” Kennedy commented. “It was a back-and-forth game that saw us respond to several challenges and make key plays both offensively and defensively.
“We are aware we have to finish games like this a little stronger, but really are pleased with the accomplishment.”
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