Lady Cardinals earn Mid-State split

Elissa Slizoski (Photo, Jim Dickerson)Not enough points one night. An abundance the next.
Such was the week for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals, who split a pair of Mid-State Conference tilts.

N. Cath. 47, BC/NG 35
With a strong start and 18-point first quarter, it appeared Boone Central/Newman Grove had a good chance to protect its home court against Mid-State rival Norfolk Catholic Thursday. The Lady Cardinals scored just 17 points – total – in the final three periods, however, as Catholic notched a 47-35 victory.
“Despite a great first quarter and a well-played defensive game, we were not effective enough on offense to pull out a win,” said Coach Mike Kennedy. “Our kids played with a lot of heart and courage, but scoring in single digits in three quarters is not going to be enough against good basketball teams.”

BC/NG 71, B. Creek 35
Following a drought, rain is sorely needed. And, sometimes, when it rains, it pours.
Boone Central/Newman Grove more than doubled it’s Thursday point production at Battle Creek Friday, trouncing the Lady Braves 71-35 in Mid-State Conference action.
For the second straight game, BC/NG scored 18 points in the opening period. The difference at Battle Creek was following that with a 26-point second-quarter explosion.
That point blitz gave the Lady Cardinals a 44-17 halftime lead and they had little trouble improving their season record to 10-9, continuing to pull away in the second half.
“This team continues to develop and improve on a daily basis. We play hard and are improving individually and as a team,” Kennedy praised. “I am proud of how far we have come since the beginning of the season.”

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