After a rough opening night on the road, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals bounced back Saturday in their home opener to defeat Lakeview and earn a split on the first weekend of the 2016-17 season.
Boone Central/Newman Grove traveled to Hartington Friday, where host Cedar Catholic defeated the Cardinals 45-29. The Lady Trojans burst to a 14-7 lead in the first period and turned a 21-16 halftime advantage into a 35-23 lead after three quarters of play.
Shooting woes plagued the Cardinals, who went 9-of-46 from the floor (0-of-15 3 point tries) and 11-of-23 at the foul line. BC/NG was also outrebounded 47-29, allowing Cedar Catholic to grab 17 offensive boards.
“The game started with Jenna Kramer picking up two very early fouls, which changed the dynamic of what we wanted to do offensively and defensively,” noted Card Coach Andy Imus. “We did some things defensively that were frustrating – basic IQ plays we didn’t make.
“It was a typical first game we will learn from.”
Tessa Hedlund, Lauren Hedlund and Bailey Reigle all scored seven points for BC/NG. Carsen Grape added five and Kelsey Thompson three.
Boone Central/Newman Grove showed resiliency and improvement Saturday, thumping Lakeview 50-29 in Albion.
The Cardinals used swarming pressure defense to smother Lakeview in the first half, building a 33-11 lead. BC/NG hit a scoring drought in the third period and was outscored 18-17 overall following intermission, but was never seriously threatened.
“We had a very good second quarter. We did some good things with our press that enabled us to score 21 points,” Imus said. “We played better this game, as expected, but still see many things to work on.”
Tessa Hedlund led balanced BC/NG scoring with 11 points. Lauren Hedlund, Kramer and Reigle all tallied nine points, Grape eight, Thompson three and Grace Slizoski one.
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