With a solid home court victory over Scotus Friday, the Boone Central Lady Cardinals were back at the .500 mark for one night before suffering a tough road loss at Ord Saturday.
Boone Central (7-8) got stronger as the game progressed against feisty Scotus, notching a 45-33 victory. The Shamrocks edged in front 10-9 before a 10-6 spurt put BC on top 19-16 at halftime. The Cards then outscored Scotus (6-10) 26-17 following intermission, turning back a Shamrock charge in the final minutes.
“We did a nice job defensively with both our rebounding, and understanding what Scotus wanted to do offensively,” Cardinal Coach Andy Imus praised. “We held them to two offensive rebounds and zero second-chance points – great effort on that end. Proud of the effort and the way the girls kept battling all four quarters.”
Boone Central continued to battle and, overall, play well Saturday, but let a potential win slip away in the final quarter of a 55-51 loss at Ord.
The Cardinals carved out a 23-18 halftime lead and clung to a 33-31 advantage through three quarters before some miscues caught up to them. Several crucial turnovers and Chanticleer offensive rebounds allowed Ord (9-4) to outscore the Cardinals 24-18 in the final eight minutes.
“I felt we were in control the whole game, minus the last three minutes,” Imus rued. “We had some turnovers that were costly in the second half, and credit Ord, they shot the ball really well in the fourth quarter. We gave up 17 offensive rebounds for 23 second-chance points by Ord – disappointing with the fact we did so well the previous night. A game we can definitely get better from and learn from things that cost us the game.”
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