Host Crofton entered Friday’s final Mid-State Conference basketball game against Boone Central/Newman Grove with a less-than-imposing 1-17 record. The Warriors had been competitive throughout most of that dismal campaign against a tough schedule and made BC/NG work for its 65-53 victory.
Although the Cardinals held leads through much of the contest, they weren’t really able to get much separation from Crofton until a 20-13 third-quarter run that produced a 46-34 advantage.
“Crofton is a better team than their record indicates, as they have only played three teams with a losing record,” noted Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Justin Harris. “We slowly pulled away throughout the game. Kyle (Kramer) and Scott (Ketteler) had well-balanced games, contributing in scoring, rebounding and assists.
“We now move ahead to sub-districts to play some of our best basketball.”
BC/NG had a very efficient offensive game at Crofton, sinking 20-of-37 two-point field goals (54%), 5-of-13 three-point attempts (38%) and 10-of-16 free throws (63%).
Keaton Henry led scoring with 15 points. Ketteler, Damian Backus and Derek Stuhr scored 10 points apiece and Kramer tallied nine. Ketteler also contributed seven assists and seven rebounds, while Kramer grapped five rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked two shots.
Boone Central/Newman Grove began play in the C1-9 Sub-District Tuesday vs. St. Paul (4-16). The winner will face the Central City-GICC winner Thursday in the sub-district final at Northwest High School in Grand Island (7 p.m.).
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