For the second straight game, the Boone Central Cardinals faced a Top 10 foe sporting a 6-1 record, this time on the road.
After losing to Class D1 #1 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in Albion Dec. 18, the Cardinals traveled west Tuesday, Dec. 21, and were unable to keep up with Class C1 #6 Kearney Catholic in a 49-20 decision.
Catholic took an 11-4 lead before Boone was able to spring Macy Rankin loose in the paint several times in the second quarter. But even with Rankin scoring six points, the host Stars stretched the lead to 27-12 as standout Ashley Keck drilled a 3-pointer and scored seven points.
Keck finished with a game-high 18 as Catholic continued to dominate in the second half, limiting Boone Central to just eight points – none in the fourth quarter.
“We obviously struggled to score points, but we had decent looks (at the basket) when we had good ball movement,” said Card Coach Andy Imus. “We struggled to get decent post feeds to Macy, as they had tips and deflections. Our guards need to improve angles – we will continue to work on them and get better.
“Defensively, we had some early foul trouble and had to run some zone where we struggled at times denying the high post and allowing them to attack the lane off the dribble.”
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