Boone Central scored its third victory of the season Friday at O’Neill and had a chance at a Mid-State Conference weekend sweep before falling to Wayne’s late-game surge Saturday in Albion.
Friday was a much-needed boost for the young Cardinals, who fought back from an early deficit and finished in strong fashion to edge host O’Neill 65-61. Boone Central had an even slower start Saurday, continued to battle and trailed by just three after three periods, but fell short as Wayne scored 19 points in the final stanza of a 57-49 decision.
“I thought we started to put four quarters together on Friday night. We had one lull where we didn’t take care of the ball well enough,” Boone Central Coach Justin Harris commented. “We finally hit our free throws and Ryan (Kramer) exploded to a great game.
“Saturday, we came out and looked sluggish, where we didn’t finish, weren’t strong with the ball and didn’t catch it cleanly. After the first quarter, I thought we played well. We can’t have bad quarters against good teams and expect to win.
“I loved how we competed and cut it to a three-point deficit going into the fourth quarter. Even after they hit some timely shots, we responded, but their fourth-quarter run was bigger than the run we made.
“I think we’re starting to see what we can do. We just have to believe it and continue to practice it.”
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