Boone Central gave #1 seed Scotus a fight early in their C1-7 Sub-District contest in Columbus, but eventually wore down in the face of relentless Shamrock defensive pressure.
Scotus (15-8) outscored the Cardinals 24-2 in the second and third quarters, pulling away to a 43-24 victory that ended Boone Central’s 6-16 season.
Boone Central had an excellent start, taking a 5-1 lead. With Ashtyn Hedlund hitting a 3-point shot, and Macy Rankin and Mara Ranslem sinking 2-pointers, the Cards remained even (7-7) before Scotus ended the first quarter with a flourish. Playing for a final shot, Boone Central missed a 3-point attempt and subsequently fouled Scotus, which made 1-of-2 free throws, rebounded the miss and hit a final basket to lead 10-7.
From that point, the momentum shifted in favor of the host Shamrocks. Scotus clamped down with trademark defense, limiting Boone Central to a single point in each of the next two periods, and leading 34-9 entering the final stanza.
“We had a nice start. We had good execution on offense, moved the ball well and were able to knock down a couple of shots,” said Cardinal Coach Andy Imus. “I think a turning point in the game was the end of the first quarter, as Scotus took a 10-7 lead and momentum going into the second.
“ Shooting woes in the second and third quarters really did us in – two points on 0-of-6 in the second quarter and another 0-of-6 in the third. We didn’t execute on the offensive end like we did in the first quarter. We emphasized getting the ball moved from side to side to loosen up their pack line defense and settled early in possessions. We had some decent dribble drive attacks and found cutters, but struggled to catch the ball or find the open player off cuts.
“The girls battled defensively, as they have all year, and worked hard all four quarters,” Imus praised. “Our struggles offensively did us in.”
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