Sports

Boone Central boys rebound with win

Class C1 #2 Adams Central. Kearney Catholic, C1 #3. St .Paul, #5. Wayne, #9. Class D1 #1 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.
Those are a sampling of Boone Central’s opponents to date in the 2020-21 basketball season. Tuesday, the Cardinals made the long trek to Hartington to face Mid-State Conference foe Cedar Catholic, which sits just outside the C2 Top 10 with a 7-3 record.
The Trojans used a long range blitz before Boone Central could get oriented, sinking seven shots from beyond the 3-point arc while turning a 15-12 advantage into a 40-26 halftime lead.
The Cardinals regrouped at intermission and found some momentum in the third period behind the scoring of Ryan Kramer (6), Alex Christo (5) and Garret Rasmussen (4). BC outscored the hosts 18-11 to close the deficit, but could not span the entire gap in the final quarter.
“We came out well, but offensive rebounding hurt us in the first half,” noted Cardinal Coach Justin Harris. “We started to do the things we needed to in the third quarter and cut the lead to seven. Missing free throws and giving up some easy layups kept us from really putting pressure on them.
“I did think we played better than we had against Wayne.”
Boone Central returned to its home court Saturday, finding its pace and rhythm in a 71-49 blitz of Guardian Angels Central Catholic (3-9). Kramer sizzled in the opening quarter, scoring 10 points that sparked an 18-13 lead. Boone Central held a 28-22 edge at intermission, then pulled away by scoring 43 second-half points.
“I thought we controlled the game. When they got within one possession, we made a run and continued to answer their runs throughout the night,” Harris praised. “Our defensive pressure caused a lot of turnovers, but our ability to push the ball was the biggest factor in the game. It allowed us to get guys in more one-on-one situations where we could attack.
“We shot free throws really well in the second half. We are starting to shoot the ball better from the outside, which will only help open up more driving lanes.”

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