BC/NG Cards overcome rust with ‘D’

It’s always difficult for schools who advance deep into the football playoffs to turn around, with short practice time, and open the basketball season successfully.
Buoyed by stout defense and balanced scoring, Boone Central/Newman Grove was able to do just that this past weekend, scoring victories over Hartington Cedar Catholic and Lakeview.
In the season tip-off at Hartington Friday, the Cardinals were able to overcome a sluggish offensive start with a strong second half that drove a 52-45 victory.

“This opener is traditionally a little rough around the edges. This year was no different,” said BC/NG Coach Dan Zoucha. “With both teams coming off successful football seasons and limited practices, taking care of the ball and playing good defense were going to be the keys to winning the game.”
After trailing at halftime, it was the Cardinals and their defense that carried the day.

Boone Central/Newman Grove had a much easier time Saturday in its home debut, blasting Lakeview 53-24 after a fast start. The Cardinals held Lakeview to just four points in each of the first two quarters and built a 29-8 halftime lead.
“Back to back nights the first week can be interesting,” Zoucha said. “We were able to put a lot of pressure on Lakeview, which caused 20-plus turnovers. That effort on defense gave us opportunities to score. We rebounded better and communicated better defensively.
“Our guys played very hard. We will need to work out a few things as we progress through the early schedule. We are pleased with the players’ attitudes and work ethic in practice and just want to get a little better each week.”

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