Lizton — The Western Boone Lady Stars couldn’t get anything going Friday night, in their Sagamore Conference opener against Tri-West.
The Stars had just 23 points through three quarters and the Lady Bruins remained perfect in conference play with a 54-45 victory.
“You have to give Tri-West credit, they guarded us a little different than other teams have,” Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. “But at the same time, we still are not playing together offensively. Until we figure that out, we are going to have a lot of bumps in the road and have a lot of tough nights. Our margin for error, no matter who we play, is not very great. When we don’t hit shots, we have to guard somebody. Right now our defense, in my opinion, is let’s pass a little time away before we get back on offense. We can’t have that.”
Western Boone led 9-1 late in the first quarter, and 11-6 at the end of the quarter.
They went up 15-8 with 4:51 left in the first half, but then went cold. Tri-West scored the final four points of the second quarter, and the first 12 of the third quarter to give the Bruins a 24-15 lead.
After a Jones’ lay-up made it 26-19, Tri-West scored the next nine points to go up by 16 with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.
Tri-West out-scored the Stars 27-4 over the final 4:51 of the first half and first 7:25 of the second half (12:16).
“It was really encouraging,” Tri-West head coach Nathan Begle said. “We felt like we left some points out there in the first half. We knew we were facing a pretty good team in Western Boone and it was going to be a fight. The first half wasn’t our best, but we knew if we played the way we had for the last four weeks, we would be alright. The girls trusted us, they trusted one another and good things happened.”
The lead was 14 after three quarters and was as big as 22 early in the fourth quarter.
Western Boone got within single digits in the final minute, but never challenged the Bruins’ lead.
Jones had 18 points to lead Western Boone. Callie Gubera had 14 and Olivia Hole had 10.
It was the third-straight loss for the Lady Stars, who drop to 3-4 on the season. Things don’t get any easier next week, as they host Class 4A No. 6 Zionsville on Tuesday, and then travel to rival Lebanon on Friday.
“We are going to find out what we are made of, who wants to play and who doesn’t, and who wants to buy in to what our basketball program is about,” Schelsky said. “I’m not sure if we can fix it in a couple of days, but the first thing that needs to be fixed is we have to be more disciplined and more coachable. We make a lot of the same mistakes and part of that is my fault for putting up with it. But we aren’t going to put up with it anymore. This is varsity basketball, they keep score for a reason and you make the varsity team because you are supposed to be one of the best players in the school. We better start playing like a varsity team. We have one of the best teams in the state coming up and I am not as concerned with that as I am with getting this team back on page one, starting with effort and playing Western Boone basketball.