The Boone Central Lady Cardinals play hard. Very hard. There is no doubt about that.
Facing a tough schedule, that work ethic has not produced much success for the young Cardinals, however. Boone Central saw its record drop to 4-12 this past week with two more frustrating losses.
Coach Andy Imus said his Cardinals can only continue to clock in, work hard and keep improving.
“We will continue to build off the things we have done well, continue to stress valuing the ball, and keep getting better so we are playing our best come subdistrict,” Imus commented.
Ever since Jarrod Ridder took over as head coach at Scotus, teams can count on one thing – the Shamrocks will be very tough defensively.
That was certainly true Thursday, as host Scotus (10-7) limited Boone Central to six first-half points and defeated the Cardinals 38-18. Boone Central cut into a 25-6 haltime deficit in the third period, but could then notch just two points in the final eight minutes.
“We struggled to score, and a poor start didn’t help matters,” Imus acknowledged. “We shot 1-of-10 in the first quarter. We had good looks at the rim, but just couldn’t get a couple of shots to fall.”
Boone Central had a much better performance Friday, expecially on the offensive end of the court, but dropped a 53-46 decision to visiting Ord.
The Cardinals actually stormed to a 21-13 lead in the first half of the second quarter before Ord (13-3) rattled off a 14-3 run to take a 27-24 halftime edge. Mara Ranslem knocked down a 3-pointer following intermission to tie the score, but a 12-4 run by Ord put the Cardinals in a 39-31 hole. Boone Central closed to 50-46 in the final minutes of the contest, but were then forced to foul, with Ord sinking enough free throws to thwart a final rally.
“We shot 22-of-30 from the free throw line, so it was good to see us hit those, along with being more aggressive getting to the hoop and the line,” Imus praised. “We need to continue to find ways to score points, and getting into the lane and drawing fouls is one way for us to do that.
“We competed, had great effort and shot the ball well from the line – definitely some positives to build on,” Imus noted. “We again struggled with 28 turnovers resulting in 21 Ord points, and those 12 second-quarter turnovers really slowed any momentum we had.”
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