BCNG girls split vs. tough foes

Marysa Duerksen drives to a 3-point play

The Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals stayed even on the season by splitting home court contests against two tough opponents this past week.
BCNG (3-3) used a strong third quarter to gain some separation, then held off Titan rally attempts for a 46-34 victory Dec. 11.
Kelsey Thompson had the hot hand for the Cardinals in the first half, hitting a trio of 3-point field goals, including a buzzer-beater that put BCNG in front 22-20 at halftime.
With Lauren Hedlund, Marysa Duerksen and Paige Nelson sinking 3-pointers, BCNG outscored Twin River (3-3) 13-6 in the third period to lead 35-26, then made 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the decision.
Thursday, it was Lakeview’s defense that ruled the day and led to a 41-23 Viking victory in Albion. Employing a long, aggressive 1-3-1 zone, Lakeview (5-1) held the Cardinals to single-digit scoring in every quarter.
“Lakeview brought their 1-3-1 extended defense and it caused our team fits. We had a slow start, falling behind 16-6, and could never recover,” Imus rued. “Defensively, we did some good things at times. We just needed to convert more of their turnovers into points, not just hand the ball back to them.”

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