Boone Central put a notch in the win column Thursday before dropping a hard-fought Mid-State decision at Pierce Friday.
Boone Central (1-3) broke out in the second quarter and used that strong run to key a 60-48 victory over visiting Central City Thursday.
Blaine Young’s pair of 3-point bombs helped the Cardinals to a 14-13 edge after one period of play, and five points by Dustin Andreason sparked an 18–1 second-quarter advantage and 32-24 halftime lead.
“I thought we did a good job with our press Thursday night. We were able to create some turnovers that led to easy baskets,” commented Boone Central Coach Justin Harris. “We did a much better job over the weekend of taking care of the ball, cutting our turnovers in half compared to the first two games.
“We came out strong in the second half to open up the lead against Central City and were in control for the remainder of the game.”
Seven Cardinals scored during a 14-8 run in that third period, including Young’s third trey of the contest.
The second quarter was pivotal Friday, as well. Unfortunately, it benefitted the host Pierce Bluejays, who fueled a 60-47 victory by outscoring Boone Central 23-14 over the eight-minute span.
The Bluejays sank four 3-point shots during the quarter and Gavin Larson racked up nine of his 11 points. The outburst put Pierce in front 38-23 at intermission.
“We battled really well. Pierce hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter, which was a run we couldn’t ever overcome,” Harris noted. “We just missed too many opportunities – on offense and defense – to beat a good team. Easy baskets, free throws, defensive rebounds, steals.
“We need to continue to improve in different areas of the game to be a good team.”
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