Lady Cards respond to loss by blasting Battle Creek

Jade GottierIt started on a down note.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals showed their moxie and resiliency once again, however, finishing their week by bouncing back from a lop-sided loss at Mid-State rival Norfolk Catholic to trounce conference foe Battle Creek Friday in Albion.
Boone Central/Newman Grove traveled to Norfolk Thursday and dropped a 51-30 decision to the Norfolk Catholic Lady Knights.
The Cardinals actually got off to a good start in the contest, leading 5-3 after a defense-dominated first quarter and trailing by just a point, 13-12, at halftime.
The second half was all Norfolk Catholic. The Lady Knights got their offense revved up behind center Geena Piper’s 10 points and two 3-point field goals by Joelle Heng, while BC/NG seemed to be stuck in neutral. Card senior Jade Gottier also scored 10 points following intermission, but BC/NG totaled just 18 overall and was outscored by 20 in the final two quarters.
“It was a night of poor shooting, too many turnovers and getting outrebounded very badly,” said Cardinal Coach Mike Kennedy. “We competed hard on the defensive end, but made far too many mistakes offensively and the rebounding situation just compounded our disadvantage.”

Boone Central/Newman Grove (12-6) began regrouping on its home court Friday. Almost matching their total Tuesday output in the first quarter, the Lady Cardinals jumped on visiting Battle Creek from the outset and ran away to a 71-34 victory.
“We had a great first quarter due to our full-court press and great shooting from the field,” Kennedy commented. “We had many players contribute on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.”

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