Boone Central competed early and finished strong at West Point Saturday, but a collapse in the middle quarters was too much for the Cardinals to overcome in a 64-52 loss to Guardian Angels Central Catholic (7-4).
With six players scoring, Boone Central trailed just 18-15 through one quarter of play, but a dominant rebounding performance by Guardian Angels began to take its toll in period two. The Bluejays outscored BC 19-10 in the second quarter to take a 37-25 halftime advantage, then began the second half with a 21-11 run that opened a 58-36 bulge.
Boone Central finished the contest with its own 16-6 run, as Ryan Kramer hit his second 3-pointer of the night and scored five points, Blaine Young added a three, and Chase Thieman cashed in four points. The Cards simply had too much ground to make up, however.
Boone Central Coach Justin Harris said his squad would have an obvious area to work on in practice after GACC outrebounded the Cards 44-31 and had a 14-4 advantage in second-chance points off 15 offensive rebounds. Boone Central grabbed just three offensive rebounds in the contest.
Boone Central hit 46% of its 2-point field goal attempts (18-of-39), but only 3-of-16 3-point tries. Boone Central was 7-of-12 at the foul line. Along with its 10-point advantage in second-chance points, GACC forced 17 BC turnovers and had a 17-9 edge in points-off-turnovers.
Kramer paced the Boone Central (3-10) effort with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
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