Nov 17, 2018
Crawfordsville – Western Boone continued its dominance of the Sugar Creek Classic Saturday night.
The Lady Stars won the title for the 10th-straight season, and 11th in 12 overall, topping Crawfordsville 60-27.
“We take a lot of pride in winning this,” Western Boone head coach Megan Alexander said. “We aren’t just representing the girls on this this team, but when this streak started, these girls were like six years old. We take a lot of pride in the Western Boone community and school, and the program as a whole. Coming out and doing well in this tournament isn’t just about this team, but Western Boone.”
The Athenians made the opening basket of the quarter to get within one at 12-11, but the Stars scored the next 14 points.
The biggest difference came on the defensive end for the Stars.
“Defense wins games,” Alexander said. “We were having a terrible shooting night, and this is a tough gym to shoot in, but defense travels. Defense is all effort and positioning. We were trying to take away the middle and dribble-drive early, but then we decided to just put pressure on them, and it worked out for us.”
The turnovers and rebounds also helped Western Boone get out in transition.
The Stars shot poorly from the outside, but were able to get out on the break and get inside whenever they wanted.
“Transition starts with a defensive rebound, or a steal,” Alexander said. “In the first quarter, we weren’t rebounding at all, and that hurt us. Tori Wilkinson came in and gave us a spark. We started rebounding the ball, and that allowed us to get some steals and get into some transition more. That was key.”
Madison Jones was named Sugar Creek Classic MVP, scoring 24 points.
Lauryn Florey added 13 and was named to the all-tournament team.
After missing a full season with a knee injury, Wilkinson is getting closer to be 100 percent.
“I think she is getting closer,” Alexander said. “She brings us a lot of athleticism. I think her mind is running a lot faster than her body right now, so it can put her in some tough spots shooting and her positioning in the post. She is definitely getting back into full form and getting used to that varsity game speed.”
The Stars have a tough stretch ahead, starting with Westfield on Tuesday.
Western Boone then travels to Tri-West and Chatard, before hosting Zionsville and going to Lebanon.
Alexander said her team has to clean up some of the miscues from the weekend if they want to be successful.
“Going against the best in the state is a good measuring stick,” Alexander said. “This weekend, we did a lot of fundamental things wrong. So we have a lot of work to do to get ready for Tuesday against Westfield. Quite honestly, if we play like we did tonight, we are going to get blown away.”