A final regular season game against a 2-18 opponent, with postseason seeding already established, may not seem, at a glance, as especially challenging or important.
Coaches will tell you that is far from the truth, however.
Looking to establish confidence and momentum for this week’s sub-district tournament following two straight losses, Boone Central brought the heat Friday night and blitzed visiting Crofton 74-33 with a scintillating performance.
Providing many of the Cardinal fireworks was senior Ryan Kramer, who blistered the nets for a school record 38 points – 34 in just three quarters of play.
With Kramer pouring in 11 first-quarter points and Garrett Rasmussen adding five inside, Boone Central raced to a 24-10 lead over the Warriors. Kramer then carried the Cardinals to a 42-21 halftime advantage, adding 14 points in the second period.
The Card senior tallied another nine in the third quarter and finished the contest shooting 16-of-20 from the field, 4-of-6 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 at the foul line.
It was a virtuoso performance with roots in excellent Boone Central execution overall.
“We came out and took care of business early. Ryan had a very efficient game, setting the school record with 38 points,” Cardinal Coach Justin Harris said. “He also set the record for most field goals in a game.
“I thought we did a very good job of getting open looks and sharing the ball, as we had 25 assists.”
Those 25 assists on 31 field goals helped Boone Central (11-12) record one of its best shooting performances of the season. The Cardinals sank 26-of-41 2-point attempts (62%) and 5-of-13 3-point tries (38.5%). BC outrebounded Crofton (2-19) 31-18, forced 22 turnovers and scored 29 points off those turnovers. The Cards also scored 20 second-chance points.
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