by Will Willems
West Lafayette — The Western Boone Lady Stars were unable to carry over their momentum from the Vincennes Rivet Tournament on Tuesday night when they traveled to West Lafayette Harrison.
The Raiders’ offense proved to be too much for Western Boone to handle in a 59-54 loss for the Stars.
“The game really came down to our inability to guard them,” Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. “The effort we gave wasn’t the same as it was down in Vincennes. We really defended our tails off in all three games there and today we didn’t, so that leaves a little bit of a sour taste in our mouths. We have to learn that we have to guard people with a high level of effort game in and game out or we aren’t going to win games.”
The Stars went 2-1 at Vincennes, losing just a close game to the host Patriots in the opening game of the tournament.
Western Boone came back to register wins over Eastern (Pekin) and Lafayette Central Catholic and played well to get those wins. Schelsky said that he thought there was a let down coming off of that, but that those let downs can’t happen.
“I definitely think that was part of it,” Schelsky said. “But we have to give the same effort on a Tuesday night non-conference game as we do in a tournament or a conference game. If we want to win, we have to play with a lot of effort and intensity.”
The two teams were tied at the end of a quarter, and after Western Boone took a lead midway through the second quarter, the Raiders closed on a run that put them ahead for good.
Harrison led 29-24 at the half, and 43-35 after three. Schelsky said the Stars’ offense got stagnant.
“The ball is getting stuck a little bit in our offense,” Schelsky said. “When we did manage to move it and reverse it, we were getting good shots. When we didn’t we were turning it over or taking bad shots. That’s just a recipe for losing. We had a lead in the second quarter, got away from our offense and we had to play catch-up from there.”
The Stars got within 49-44 with 2:51 to play, but were unable to complete the comeback.
Madison Jones led the Stars with 26 points, while Callie Gubera added 15.
Jones is averaging nearly 25 points a game the past three games. Schelsky said the next step for her is getting more of her teammates involved in the offense.
“She is a big part of our offense,” Schelsky said. “She still has a lot to learn in terms of taking what the defense is giving her. She is scoring a lot of points, but she has to do a better job of getting other people involved. It is not a secret that she is our big scoring threat, so when people start to focus on her, we need to get some other girls to step up.”
Western Boone is now 7-8 on the season and host Lawrence Central on Saturday at 2 p.m.
It will be the Stars first home game since Dec. 6.
“It has definitely been a while since we played at home and I think our girls are looking forward to it,” Schelsky said. “We have to show up with a lot better effort than we did tonight. With Lawrence Central, you can’t look at their record because they have played the 10th toughest schedule in the state. They are athletic, have good size and quickness. They just beat Lebanon last week, so that should have opened up some of our girls’ eyes.”