Top-ranked Cards remain unbeaten

Derek GentrupNo slow start for Boone Central/Newman Grove in 2013.
Despite short prep time due to BC/NG playing deep into the 2013 state football playoffs, the Cardinal basketball team hasn’t had any trouble finding its stride on the basketball court.

Boone Central/Newman Grove, ranked #1 in Class C1 by the Omaha World-Herald, topped a pair of ranked opponents on opening weekend and added decisive wins over Central City and Pierce this past week.
Cardinal Coach Dan Zoucha was not only pleased with the most recent outcomes, but saw continued improvement by his squad.
“We rebounded better in both games and we communicated better on defense,” Zoucha praised. “This will continue to improve by always making it a priority.
“Great effort both nights for this team.”

Boone Central/Newman Grove outmanned and outplayed visiting Central City in a 76-26 thrashing in Albion Dec. 12.
Completely stifling the Bison with its fullcourt pressure defense, BC/NG raced to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter and held a 42-13 advantage by halftime.

Defense again took center stage Friday as BC/NG traveled to Pierce and stymied the Mid-State rival Bluejays 54-34, building a 27-14 halftime lead.
“This was a good win for several reasons,” Zoucha stated. “Being a conference game adds a little significance. Also, this rivalry has always been physical and our players were prepared for that type of game. Lastly, we had not won in Pierce our last several trips there and coming out on top was pleasing, to say the least.
“We were able to dictate the pace of the game, which was our intention. We knew they had two players who were good shooters, including one who did most of their ballhandling, so the plan was to contain them. We did a pretty good job of that.”

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