With non-stop, floor-burn intensity and effort, the Boone Central Lady Cardinals scratched out a 55-49 opening-night Mid-State Conference victory over Hartington Cedar Catholic Friday in Albion.
Boone Battles Back
After trailing early, the Cardinals clawed back to forge a nearly-even game by halftime, carved out a lead in the second half, and sank 14 fourth-quarter free throws to seal the deal.
“It was a nice win over a quality team. We had a slow start defensively, down 17-7 in the middle of the first quarter. We allowed them to attack the hoop and struggled to close off the lane at times,” said Cardinal Coach Andy Imus. “However, the girls continued to battle and cut the lead to 19-15 by the end of the quarter. We continued to work hard and take a 28-25 lead before halftime, but Hartington answered with buckets and a free throw to lead 30-28 at half.
“The girls continued to battle and found themselves in a 37-37 tie going into the fourth quarter. I thought our defensive intensity was very consistent, and it helped us gain some momentum with timely steals and layups in transition. Some timely defensive stops with a couple of scores, and hitting enough free throws, sealed the win.
Boone Central hit the road Saturday and had trouble finding its shooting range in a 41-31 loss to Lakeview at Columbus.
Boone fell in an early 11-4 hole, trailed 20-14 at intermission, then scored only 17 more points in the second half. Despite excellent defense, it just wasn’t enough.
“We played an athletic Lakeview team. We would cut their lead down to 3-5 points at times, but some untimely turnovers hurt us. Our ball movement was better in the second half and we were able to attack their seams better. Defensively, the girls had great effort, holding Lakeview to 18 percent on 2-point field goals.
“We know what needs to be done to continue to get better, and the girls will continue to work hard and improve as the season progresses.”
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