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Lady Stars cruise past Athenians in SAC match-up

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DOVER — Everything Western Boone did worked Tuesday night in a girls basketball match-up against Crawfordsville.

The Lady Stars trailed for less than 20 seconds in a 72-28 victory that improved their record to 9-8 on the season and 2-2 in the Sagamore Conference.

“I was pleased with our overall effort,” Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. “Some times in these type of games you are playing against yourself more than the other team. We did a good job of maintaining our level of play for the most part and working on some things that we needed to in a game situation.”

Crawfordsville took its only lead of the game at 3-2 on a 3-pointer by Lauren Kellerman, but Western Boone scored the next eight points to grab the lead for good.

A Kellerman 3-pointer cut the Athenian deficit to 10-8 with 3:02 left in the first quarter, but Western Boone wouldn’t allow a field goal for the the next 10:37 to grab a commanding 39-10 lead.

“To compete with Western Boone, we have will have to gameplan something different if we see them in the sectional,” Crawfordsville head coach Tony Bean said. “We didn’t handle their trapping pressure well at all. We didn’t handle their 2-2-1 press well at all until a little later in the second quarter. There is no excuse for it. We work on it constantly and it just isn’t getting across to some of the girls.”

Western Boone sophomore Madison Jones out-scored the Athenians by herself in the first half 20-10.

The Stars’ defensive pressure forced 18 Crawfordsville turnovers in the first 16 minutes and allowed just 16 shot attempts.

“We did a good job of anticipating and playing the passing lanes,” Schelsky said. “We made it hard for them to pass it. We didn’t give them a lot of direct line passes, especially in the second quarter. We wanted to play aggressive defense and make them pass it over us, and we did a good job of that.”

Schelsky said a worry when you play a team that is struggling is that you can be overly aggressive and get into bad habits.

He thought top to bottom his girls did a good job of avoiding that.

“We didn’t want to try to do too much in this game that we can’t do in February,” Schelsky said. “That was the big key. We are on a nice little spell here, and when we have won games, we have stayed in position on defense, guarded the post and rebounded well. We want to stay true to that.”

Crawfordsville was never within 30 in the second half.

The Western Boone JV played the entire fourth quarter and had some strong production. They out-scored the Athenians 14-9 and pulled down 20 rebounds, including 11 offensive.

“I am happy they did that because they should know that is the expectation of this program,” Schelsky said. “They battled and in practice against the varsity those girls have to compete or get their tails kicked it. It is good to see them transferring what they are learning in practice to a game. It will only help us moving forward.”

Jones had 23 points for the Stars. Olivia Hole had 11 and Callie Gubera had eight.

Tori Wilkinson had 11 rebounds.

Western Boone hosts Frankfort, another struggling team, on Friday at 6 p.m.

Schelsky said the Stars have to keep up what they did Tuesday.

“We have to bring the same mindset and attitude as tonight,” Schelsky said. “We have to be ready from the on-set and I think we will be. It’s homecoming, it is going to be a big crowd and our first home Friday night conference game of the year. A lot of people coming on Friday may only be coming for Homecoming and it will be the only time they see us play. We want to show them what our team is about.”

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