BY WILL WILLEMS
DOVER — After winning the Sugar Creek Classic on Saturday night, Western Boone girls basketball coach Rich Schelsky was worried about a letdown on Tuesday night when his team returned to action against Seeger.
And while his concerns showed themselves with a sluggish first half, the Stars did what they needed to in the second half to come away with a 48-33 win against Seeger.
“I don’t think we were ready to play tonight,” Schelsky said. “We had a little bit of a letdown from the weekend and having a short prep time for this game. Seeger is a wellcoached, fundamentally-sound team that took it to us in the first quarter. But we kept on plugging away and found a way to win.”
Seeger led 10-4 after a quarter and 21-20 at the half.
Schelsky said Tuesday’s game was a good lesson for his team.
“We stressed that in the locker room after the game,” Schelsky said. “It is something we are getting away with now, but next Friday (when the Stars travel to Tri-West), that is going to be too big of a hole to climb out of. But the more games we play and the more situations our girls are in, the better we will get.”
The Stars took control of the game in the third quarter.
They out-scored the Patriots 20-5 to lead by 14.
“I thought we just played harder,” Schelsky said when asked about the difference in the third quarter. “We were more active. We bent our knees and get into a good defensive stance. Our pressure was able to force them to do some things that they didn’t want to do. We were able to score, which allowed us to set up our press. In the first quarter, we weren’t scoring so we couldn’t set up the press like we wanted to. We knew going into the game that a big key for us was going to be our fullcourt pressure.” Callie Gubera led the Stars with 12 points and Olivia Hole had 10.
Schelsky was happy with the way both of the girls stepped up.
“We knew it was coming,” the coach said. “Both of them are going to be really good players for us. They carried us in the third quarter, they scored 14 of our 20 points. They are probably our two most athletic and quickest girls. Olivia hit some big 3s for us tonight and Callie did a good job of getting steals and turning those into points. Just like a lot of our girls, the more those two play, the more comfortable and more aggressive they will get. When they start attacking, they are a pretty good 1-2 combo for us.”
Julia Hole had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Rachel Ramey had 5 points and 5 rebounds.
The Stars are off until next Friday, when they travel to Tri-West to open up Sagamore Conference play.
Due to the Tri-West football team advancing to state, the boys game has been postponed and it will be a normal JV/Varsity girls night. The JV game will be played at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.
“The more time to prepare the better,” Schelsky said. “It allows us to give the girls some time off for Thanksgiving since we aren’t going to have much of a break over Christmas. We will give them the weekend then get back at it with a full week of practice. It is a huge game. They have four girls back from that regional team last year and we have two in different roles. It is a tough place to play and we know they want another crack at us after the way that regional game ended where it was a great game that neither team deserved to lose. It will be an environment a lot of our girls have never been in. Now it is down to the really important games. We want to win every game, but Friday night conference games are what we set our sights on. Anyone who follows our conference knows that there are a lot of good teams, but to win the championship you can only have one loss at the max. With our first two games it is really important that we get off to a good start.”
Reporter file photo
OLIVIA HOLE DRIBBLES in the Sugar Creek Classic title game on Saturday. Hole scored 10 points on Tuesday to help the Stars improve to 5-0.