Despite a valiant effort and solid play in several areas, the Boone Central Lady Cardinals could not generate enough offense in Saturday’s 43-29 loss at Class C2 #4 Guardian Angels Central Catholic (12-2).
Boone Central held GACC 11 points under its season scoring average, but matched its own season-low point production, shooting just 14% from the field and 47% at the free throw line.
“We played well at times,” Boone Central Coach Andy Imus acknowledged. “Twenty-four turnovers were costly, and shooting woes really hurt.”
The host Bluejays were not able to pull away for much of the contest, especially during a hotly-contested first half. Guardian Angels held a slim 10-9 lead after the first eight minutes of action and led just 23-19 at intermission. The Cardinals were still within striking distance – 30-25 – following a low-scoring third period, but a 13-4 fourth-quarter run by GACC sealed the decision.
The Cardinals held GACC to just 25% shooting from the field, but made only 2-of-25 2-point attempts and 5-of-24 3-point tries themselves. Guardian Angels was also 15-of-24 at the free throw line, while Boone Central went 10-of-21.
Guardian Angels outscored BC 17-7 in transition and 16-4 in the painted area. Boone Central had a 16-11 edge in offensive rebounds, and outrebounded the Bluejays 46-38 overall, but had just a slim 7-6 advantage in second-chance points. GACC forced 24 Card turnovers, with 10 steals and 16 deflections.
Lauren and Ashtyn Hedlund scored 9 points apiece to lead Boone Central (6-7), and Mara Ranslem netted 6 points.
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