BY WILL WILLEMS
LIZTON — Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky knew it was going to be a battle when his No. 7 Lady Stars traveled to face Tri-West.
And even though Western Boone suffered its first loss of the season 54-47, Schelsky was pleased with most of the things he saw from his girls.
“I am extremely proud of their effort tonight,” Schelsky said. “Most of the game they had five seniors on the court and we had none. It was a great learning experience for our kids.”
The Stars led by 10 after a quarter and by as many as 14 in the second quarter before Tri-West managed to cut the deficit to two at the half.
Schelsky said the Bruins were able to use their defense to get back in the game.
“They decided to start trapping us and we didn’t handle it really well,” Schelsky said. “We had 29 turnovers and we shot 50 percent, but almost had as many shot attempts as turnovers. That is something we have to clean up.”
The two teams were tied at 33 heading into the final quarter.
The Bruins led by three with a minute to play and hit free throws down the stretch to seal the game.
“We can take away a ton from this game,” Schelsky said. “The last thing I wrote on the board before we left is ‘are we ready for the big stage?’ I think our kids answered that we are. Tri-West is a good team with high expectations this year. They have four starters back from a sectional championship team last year and they have a team that will be up there in the conference and sectional race again this year. We were able to dictate the game for the
“Most of the game they had five seniors on the court and we had none. It was a great learning experience for our kids.”
— RICH SCHLESKY
head coach, Western Boone
first half and even when we started turning it over, we hung in there. We will clean up the turnovers moving forward, the more times we are in games like this the better we will become. We did a lot well tonight.”
Julia Hole led the Stars with 13 points in the game.
Callie Gubera had 12 points and Rachel Ramey had 9 points and 8 rebounds.
“Callie continues to get better scoring and that is a big positive for us,” Schelsky said. “We got good minutes from the bench tonight too. Maddie Wright had her best game of the season and Cassidy Shepherd gave us really good minutes as a calming influence handling the ball.”
The Stars will host Zionsville on Tuesday night before traveling to Lebanon on Friday.
Schelsky said it is a big week for his team.
“It is one of the biggest weeks of the year,” Schelsky said. “Between now and Tuesday it is all Zionsville. We have to do a good job of containing their freshman guard Erin Patterson. Then we have to clean up the turnovers. They are going to try and do some of the same things Tri-West did tonight. Then looking ahead to Friday, ball security is going to be the biggest key because of the way that Lebanon plays and the pressure they can put on you. We can’t turn it over like we did tonight.”