Tough Mid-State foes add to Lady Card woes

Boone Central’s rigorous 2020-21 girls basketball season continued against two more robust Mid-State Conference opponents this past week.
The Cardinals traveled north Tuesday to make up the previously postponed season opener at Hartington, dropping a 45-30 decision to the Cedar Catholic Trojans.
Boone Central battled throughout, but got in a hole it couldn’t dig out of when Cedar Catholic (8-5) opened a 24-14 lead with a 6-0 run to begin the third quarter. The Trojans finished off the win by outscoring BC 14-7 in the final period.
“We struggled to score in the paint. Some of that was attributed to their athleticism, some from us not being aggressive enough or not countering when they left their feet,” noted Boone Central Coach Andy Imus. “We just never seemed to get going. We needed to be more aggressive offensively and needed to find some offensive rhythm. Ball reversals were seldom, and we were just too easy to defend.”
Boone Central faced an even bigger challenge Saturday as Class C2 #3 Guardian Angels Central Catholic (12-2) rolled into Albion.
Using a marauding full court pressure defense, the Bluejays fought off a plucky Cardinal team and claimed a 48-35 conference victory.
A 19-8 first quarter advantage proved to be the key for GACC. Boone Central (4-10) outscored the Jays 19-16 over the second and third periods, but could not mount the big run it needed.
“Our defensive effort was very good and we played physically against their guards. That seemed to cause them some issues,” Imus said. “Their depth seemed to wear us down in the fourth. It was 35-29 and some poor defensive rebounding gave them some second-chance points.
“But the issue was ball security, as we had 33 turnovers resulting in 35 GACC points. We knew they were going to put tough defensive pressure on us in the full court, but we just made some poor decisions that cost us.
“I am really proud of the effort against GACC, and we were right there towards the end,” Imus praised.

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