The Boone Central Lady Cardinals scrapped out one victory in a pair of tough home-court contests – Boone Central’s final action prior to this week’s sub-district tournament.
Boone Central faced a plucky Stanton (5-17) team Tuesday, Feb. 11, and fought from behind to nip the Mustangs 48-47 on two Lauren Hedlund free throws in the final seconds.
After a virtually even first half, the Cardinals faced deficits as large as eight points in the third quarter and trailed 40-33 early in the fourth period. Using an aggressive full-court press and capitalizing at the foul line, Boone Central rallied with a 13-2 run and outscored the visitors 15-9 in the quarter to earn the win.
“Facing a 40-33 deficit, our girls could have folded, but they kept competing and battling. We were able to hit some free throws and get our press going, and the 13-2 run in the middle of the fourth quarter proved to be the difference,said Card Coach Andy Imus. “We had good energy in our press, and the difference was we converted their turnovers into points – something we struggled with the first three quarters.
“The girls competed and really clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter to get a gutsy win,” Imus praised.
Boone Central again played hard Thursday, but the result wasn’t as positive against a top Class B Northwest squad that handed the Cardinals a 68-40 loss.
With star guard Whitney Brown directing the attack, Northwest (18-5) built an 18-9 first quarter lead and never trailed from there. The Vikings had a 29-17 halftime advantage after Boone Central’s Claire Choat hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, then used a 24-12 run in the third period to break the contest open.
“We lost to a top five Class B team. Northwest shot 72% from 2-point range and 38% from the 3-point line. We did a decent job on both ends of the floor – just ran into a quality team,” Imus said. “They really established themselves in the paint, scoring 32 points, and that was a really difficult matchup for us.
“Whitney Brown, a Husker walk-on, really gives them a dimension we don’t see very often. She creates well, can shoot from the outside, and has a great IQ for the game. She was a really tough player.
“Our girls continued to battle and compete for all four quarters. I liked our effort and it was a game we can get better from.”
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