A week that began with success and promise turned to some frustration and disappointment for the Boone Central Lady Cardinals.
After edging Mid-State Conference rival Norfolk Catholic at home Thursday, Boone Central dropped a narrow decision at Battle Creek Friday, then lost at Wayne Saturday in the Mid-State tournament play-in game.
The Cardinals will miss the remainder of the conference event and close the 2020-21 regular season against Centura and Northwest next week.
B. Central 38, N. Catholic 34
Boone Central completed a happy 2021 Senior Night with a hard-fought 38-34 victory over Norfolk Catholic Thursday.
The Cardinals forged a 19-14 halftime advantage and took a 22-15 lead in the third quarter with Claire Choat’s 3-point play. Catholic (9-8) followed with an 8-0 run to go on top 23-22 and BC came right back to take a 26-23 lead on buckets by Macy Rankin and Choat. Boone Central secured the win by outscoring the Knights 12-9 in the final stanza, sinking 8-of-14 free throws.
B. Creek 39, B. Central 35
In another low-scoring, tightly-contested Mid-State skirmish at Battle Creek (9-9) Friday, the host Braves held off Boone Central’s final rally attempt for a 39-35 win.
The Cardinals had trouble lighting the scoreboard early, trailing 7-3 after one quarter of play and 13-10 at intermission. Buoyed by a Hedlund 3-pointer and two free throws by Alicia Weeder, Boone Central edged ahead 15-13 in the third period before a Battle Creek run produced a 25-22 edge. Ranslem sank a late 3-pointer to pull BC within one, 36-35, and a Battle Creek turnover gave the Cardinals a chance at the lead. Boone Central also suffered a turnover, however, and was forced to foul, allowing the Bravettes to wrap up the win with three final free throws.
Wayne 51, B. Central 33
This one stung.
Trying to battle through the fatigue of a third game in three days, along with a long bus trip, Boone Central dropped a 51-33 decision to host Wayne in Saturday’s Mid-State Conference tournament play-in game.
Not only did the loss drop the Cardinals’ season record to 5-14, it keeps them on the conference tourney sideline this week.
Boone Central actually burst from the gate Saturday with a 7-0 lead, keyed by Ranslem’s 3-pointer and runner in the lane. Wayne (6-14) chipped away and led 18-15 at halftime, then opened a 33-21 margin with a 15-6 run following the break.
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