Lady Cardinals bounce back to win two straight

Although they got off to a rough start, the Boone Central Lady Cardinals won two of three games during an exhausting week of competition, bumping their early-season record to 4-1.
Boone Central opened its week Tuesday with the long trek to Crofton, where the hosts have had a Class C powerhouse in recent times. The Warriors appear to have another salty outfit in 2019-20, racing to a 24-8 halftime lead and defeating the Cardinals 55-33.
With Lauren Hedlund scoring nine of 10 points, Boone Central cut the Crofton advantage to 29-18 in the third period before the Warriors went on a decisive 10-0 run.
Boone Central regrouped and edged visiting Central City 48-44 Thursday for the first of two straight wins.
It was a seesaw contest in which the Cardinals had a bad start, reeled off a 19-10 run to lead 23-18 at halftime, fell behind 33-29 after three quarters, then battled back with a gritty finish.
Ashtyn Hedlund’s two 3-point baskets and five points by Lauren Hedlund sparked BC’s 19-point second period, while another trey by Ashtyn Hedlund and 8-of-10 free throw marksmanship keyed another 19-point stanza in the fourth.
“We were down 36-29 in the fourth quarter, but credit the girls as they kept battling and competing,” Boone Central Coach Andy Imus commented. “Our pressure did cause Central City some fits in the fourth, as they threw some passes away – several key towards the end of the game. Our free throw shooting in the fourth quarter helped us win.
“We need to find more consistency on the offensive end, as two 19-point quarters show what this team is capable of.”
Friday action at Pierce featured another nailbiter and another clutch performance by Boone Central in a 47-40 overtime victory.
The host Bluejays finished the game with a 13-8 run and used a last-second 3-pointer to erase the final margin of a 27-22 Boone Central lead. Pierce then opened the overtime period with another long-range bomb before Ranslem hit her second 3-pointer of the game and scored six total points to spark a 12-2 Card finish.
“We had a few mistakes defensively in the fourth quarter. Pierce upped their full-court pressure and would really deny Lauren the ball, so we had to have our other guards step up,” Imus stated. “Our seven turnovers allowe Pierce to outscore us 13-8 and tie the game. Again, we cannot let the pressure get to the guards – they need to continue to be confident and have sureness with the ball in their hands.
“Mara came up big in OT with a big 3-pointer and 3-of-6 free throw performance. Our 9-of-14 free throw shooting in the overtime sealed the win. I really liked the way the girls responded in overtime, especially after Pierce hit a three to tie with 1.7 seconds left in regulation. Pierce hit another three at the start of overtime, but the girls just kept competing and battling for the win.”

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