Lady Cards show grit in opening victories

Coaches love good defense.
New Boone Central/Newman Grove girls basketball Coach Andy Imus was certainly appreciative of his Cardinals’ defensive effort this past weekend, which allowed them to begin the new season 2-0.
Following a long trip north to Hartington Friday, BC/NG raced to a 14-5 first-quarter lead that helped spark a 52-42 victory over Cedar Catholic. The Cards built a 30-15 halftime bulge, which allowed them to weather a third-period offensive drought.

“We had a decent start in the first half, although there were the usual first-game turnovers and fouls,” Imus commented. “We came out with less intensity to begin the third period and only scored four points. Numerous girls got into foul trouble, which hurt us in finding any rhythm offensively.”

Scoring was difficult Saturday in Boone Central/Newman Grove’s home opener, but the Cardinals again made the defensive stops needed to pull out a 38-37 victory. The Cards raced to a 14-8 first-quarter lead with the help of 3-pointers by Wallin and Destiny Johnson. BC/NG led 20-11 at halftime despite scoring just six points in quarter two.
Wallin’s five points kept the Cards in front 27-23 through three quarters and BC/NG fought off a Lakeview charge in the final stanza by sinking six free throws in the late going.
“Another good first quarter with five girls scoring. We shared the ball and hit a couple threes that got us going,” Imus noted. “We scored only six in the second, but our defensive pressure held Lakeview to three.
“The girls saw that when we aren’t scoring points, we have to bring the defensive effort every time they step on the floor. Our defense is what won the game for us.”

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