Boone Central has run into adversity during the early portion of the 2020-21 girls basketball season – and too often, adversity has won.
The Cardinals were again plagued by turnovers and shooting woes in a 42-27 loss to visiting Kearney Catholic (3-4) Dec. 22.
Boone Central (2-5) had a strong start before Kearney Catholic sank a late 3-pointer to trim the Cardinal lead to one. The Stars then held the hosts to single-digit scoring in each of the final three quarters, taking a 22-18 halftime edge and 35-24 lead through three periods.
“We led 11-7 before Kearney Catholic hit a three at the first-quarter buzzer. We had good ball movement, with four assists, five offensive rebounds, and got to the foul line,” noted Cardinal Coach Andy Imus. “Problem was we couldn’t capitalize, shooting one-of-six from the line. The second and third quarters accounted for 14 of our 26 turnovers, and we struggled scoring.
“The girls continued to compete, but by scoring only three fourth-quarter points we couldn’t dig into their lead. We had 26 turnovers resulting in 18 Kearney Catholic points and didn’t shoot well from the free throw line or on 2-point field goal attempts.”
Imus noted the Cardinals continue to be hampered by repeated problems.
“Our guard play continues to struggle making decisions with the basketball,” he said. “We throw too many ‘maybe’ passes instead of throwing the easy ones and allowing ball movement to create defensive conflict.
“We shot a higher amount of free throws in the past week during practice, so disappointed we didn’t see better results – we left too many points on the line. We hit half of them, and the ending of the game goes a bit differently and we give ourselves a chance.”
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