The second quarter was much of the same as Newton’s junior Kyle Long put up six threes making them all. Boone would start to find some offense in the quarter led by seniors John Herrick and Trevor Van Pelt getting to the basket for some quick lay-ins. Newton would continue to see offense from Sturtz in the quarter as he finished the half with 19 points. The Cardinals went into halftime with the lead with a score of 40-15.
The second half started out with a sweeping effort from the Toreadors as they came out of halftime with a powerful punch towards the Cardinals. Boone’s defense picked up early forcing turnovers and deep jump shots, which eventually lead to many fast breaks for the Toreadors. The Toreadors energy was steady throughout the top half of the 3rd quarter and erupted after Herrick slam dunked it off a Cardinal turnover. Boone would hold Sturtz and the Cardinals to only 8 points in the third quarter.
Boone’s second-half success on both sides of the ball would stand in the fourth quarter as well, but Sturtz found a groove yet again in this quarter with a few pull up jumpers. Boone’s foreign exchange student Matej Vukic came off the bench early in the fourth quarter and rekindled some of the Toreadors offense getting five quick points off two shots. With the Cardinals first half success being too much the Newton Cardinals defeated the Boone Toreadors with a final score of 61-38.
Boone’s senior John Herrick said that despite the loss the team could learn from this game, “we have a lot of potential and we can run deep.”
The Toreadors hope to show some of that potential on Friday when they take on the Winterset Huskies at 7:30 in Winterset.