Dover — When they needed it the most, the Western Boone Lady Stars got defensive Saturday afternoon against Lawrence Central.
Trailing by one at the half, the Stars allowed just 11 points over the final 16 minutes to top the Bears 46-32.
The win improved the Stars to 8-8 on the season.
Lawrence Central is just 3-13 on the season and is averaging 35.4 points a game. But they have played the ninth-toughest schedule in the state and can hurt teams when they can get out on the run.
Western Boone was able to slow that down on Saturday.
“This was a game that we had to dictate the tempo and we had to do it with our defense,” Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. “We aren’t going to pass the ball around 25 times and milk the clock unless we are ahead, and we are pretty good at doing that with a lead. Early in the game, we had to dictate tempo with our defense and our kids did a great job. We took their drive away, took a lot of charges and just battled.”
The Stars found themselves down a point at the quarter and at the half.
They then out-scored the Bears 12-4 in the third quarter and never looked back. Schelsky said the Stars did a better job in the second half of taking what was there.
“They are really athletic, and we had problems scoring in the half court against them,” Schelsky said. “We had to find a way to score off their misses and turnovers and get out in transition. We got some easy baskets early in the second half and that to me was really the game. Once we could spread them out with the lead, I feel confident that we can close out a game.”
Olivia Hole had 16 points to lead the Stars.
Madison Jones had 11 and Callie Gubera had 10 points. Tori Wilkinson added six points.
Schelsky said that it was a good game for all of his top girls.
“Madison struggled a little bit, but that is going to happen,” Schelsky said. “We wouldn’t be 8-8 without her. They had athletes that could guard her and it was a good game for her to play against that. Olivia had a rough night shooting Tuesday at Harrison, but came back and was great today. She hit a huge 3-pointer today that really sealed the game. Callie missed some shots that she normally makes, but she took good shots, was aggressive going to the rim. We did a good job today of spreading the wealth.”
The Stars have two Sagamore Conference games next week, hosting Crawfordsville on Tuesday and Frankfort on Friday.
After that, Western Boone will just have four games left in the regular season.
“We have to continue to understand that the defense that we played today is probably our best bet against most teams,” Schelsky said. “We have to keep the basketball in front of us and provide help in the paint. Offensively, we have to make better decisions — when the right time to take a shot, when the right time to draw the defense and make a pass. We have too many unforced turnovers right now. We just have to clean up some of those little things.”