After losing first-round games in 2009 and 2010, the Boone Central Lady Cardinals traveled to the 2012 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln this week determined to “Crush the Curse”.
Boone Central accomplished that goal Thursday, edging Scotus Central 22-19 at Pershing Auditorium in the lowest-scoring game in girls state tournament history. The victory avenged an earlier 38-37 loss to the Shamrocks – one of just two the Cardinals suffered in the regular season.
That set up another rematch in Friday’s semi-final at the Devaney Sports Center, with Boone Central and Minden squaring off in a Class C1 #1 vs. #2 shootout. BC entered the state tournament ranked #1 in the Lincoln Journal-Star, just ahead of the Whippets. Their positions were reversed in the Omaha World-Herald Top 10.
The Cardinals had defeated Minden 69-50 in Albion way back in the third week of the 2011-12 campaign. Friday, it was the Whippets turn to exact some revenge, using a slow Boone Central start and Brooke Kissinger’s 25 points to score a 51-41 victory. Kissinger was hot early, jump-starting Minden to a 22-12 halftime lead, and late, dashing Boone Central’s hopes after the Cardinals had closed to within 27-25 in the third quarter. Altogether, the sophomore sharpshooter sank seven three-point field goals, tieing an all-class record.
Boone Central (25-3) bounced back after Friday’s disappointment to crush Chadron 52-33 in the C1 third-place contest Saturday at Lincoln Southeast High School. The Lady Cards broke open a tight contest with a 12-0 run early in the second quarter and outscored Chadron 18-5 in the period to lead 28-14 at halftime.
More Details From the State Tournament In This Week’s Albion News and Albion News Online.