Friday, March 03, 2000

Henderson leads Boone Co. victory




BY RAY SCHAEFER
Enquirer contributor

        FLORENCE — Boone County looked to junior guard Ciara Henderson in Thursday's 33rd District semifinal at Boone County, and she delivered. She scored 30 points in a 51-35 victory over St.Henry.

        Boone County meets Simon Kenton — a 55-45 winner over Conner — for the title at 7p.m. Saturday. Both teams advance to the Ninth Region tournament that begins Wednesday at Holmes.

        “I knew I was open to shoot it,” Henderson said. “We're definitely playing very together.”

        Boone County (19-7) won its 13th game out of the last 14, and coach Nell Fookes said her team has forgotten about the Feb.24 loss to Notre Dame that ended the Lady Rebels' 12-game winning streak.

        “I think we're getting better in our performance,” Fookes said. “Our goal (Thursday) was to keep the game uptempo.”

        St.Henry used a box-and- one in Tuesday's first-round win over Ryle. To try to stop Henderson on Thursday, the Crusaders alternated between 3-2 and 2-3 zones and senior guard Laurie Franks alone.

        None of them worked in the first half. Henderson hit five of her season-high six 3-pointers, the most since the five she had on the way to 29 points against Russell in December.

        Henderson expected to see a box-and-one more often.

        “They beat Ryle with it,” Henderson said. “I was really surprised they didn't do it.”

        The Crusaders shot 15-of-43 from the field for the night and didn't score until sophomore guard Tammy King's field goal and free throw with 54.1 seconds left in the first period.

        Boone County junior forward Ashley Grobmyer didn't play because she has strep throat.

        ST. HENRY (35): Franks 2 1 5, King 1 1 3, Seibert 4 0 8, Otte 5 0 10, Brady 3 0 9. Totals: 15 2 35.

        BOONE COUNTY (51): Matheny 2 0 5, Molleson 3 2 8, Isaac 1 0 2, Newhouse 2 2 6, Henderson 11 2 30. Totals: 19 6 51.

        St. Henry ....... 3  6  10  16—35

        Boone County ....... 19  8  12  12—51

        3-point goals: BC-Henderson 6, Matheny. SH-Brady 3. Records: SH 9-16, BC 19-7.

       



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