The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals could not quite get over the hump to their first win of the season Tuesday at Twin River, but showed Coach Andy Imus encouraging progress in a 48-42 loss.
BC/NG stayed close to the Titans throughout, following a slow start, but could not get enough shots to fall in the competitive contest.
“I thought the girls played their most consistent game to date,” Imus commented. “We saw many more positives that we will continue to build upon as we head into the holiday break.
“We had a sluggish first quarter, with Tessa Hedlund scoring all six points, and trailed 10-6. Defensively, we allowed some easy baskets with lack of communication and some poor defensive rotations.
“We were down 21-18 at halftime after a more productive offensive quarter, with four girls scoring. It’s not a secret we’re struggling to score points, so it was good to see some success for the girls. Twin River outscored us 27-24 in the second half to get the win.
“Our girls did some good things – I thought we competed very hard on the defensive end and brought good pressure, which led to some steals,” Imus praised. “We did give up too many offensive rebounds, which ultimately cost us the game.
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