By Jeff Nelson
NEW MARKET — A big fourth-quarter comeback rally fell short as Southmont’s girls lost to Western Boone 56-48 in Sagamore Conference basketball action.
The Mounties, who fall to 7-7 on the year and 0-3 in the conference, fell behind early to the Stars, who move to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the Sagamore.
“The bad news is that we were down 16 at the half,” South coach Dustin Oakley said. The good news is that we outscored them 32-24 in the second half. We never got down, but we learned we need to play all 32 minutes hard and not just 10 or 12.”
Kasey Burton carried the load for the Mounties, as the senior notched another double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds. She was 4-of-4 from the field in the fourth quarter and 9-of-10 from the line for the game.
While Burton (8-of-14) did most of her damage close to the bucket and at the line, the rest of the Mounties could not find the shooting touch, going 8-of-43.
Avery Hess was also in double-digits for the Mounties with 13 points. They were 3-of-22 from three-point range but were a solid 13-of-14 from the line.
Down 39-26 at the start of the fourth quarter, South forced seven WeBo turnovers and converted that into eight points as they got the deficit under double-digits in the last minute and got as close as 53-48 with :28 left. Three Stars free throws set the final margin.
“It was a good win,” Western Boone coach Rich Schelsky said. “I thought in the first half we ran our game plan to the letter. With our lack of depth, we can’t press like we usually do, and tonight the kids did a great job executing the game plan, especially in the first half. We got in too big a hurry a few times in the second half, and give Southmont credit, they came back at us. They are a really good rebounding team that made us pay for not boxing out a few times.”
The Stars were led in scoring by Madison Jones, who had 18 points and finished her double-double with 12 rebounds.
Freshman Kara Brewer hit three treys in the second quarter and finished with 13.
“Brewer was playing JV ball 10 days ago,” Schelsky said. “She has turned into a huge weapon offensively for us, and with a couple players missing with injuries, it is big for us.”
The Stars are back in action today when they travel to the Hoosiers Gym to take on Lawrence Central at 3:30.
Nelson writes for the Crawfordsville Journal Review.