Dover — All wins in the Sagamore Conference are good wins.
So although the second half wasn’t as crisp as the Western Boone boys basketball team would have liked Friday night, they are more than happy to take the 60-47 win against Frankfort and move on from there.
“Every win is a great win, and you don’t have to win pretty, as long as you win,” Western Boone head coach Bronson Lickliter said. “Obviously they came out in that 2-3 zone in the second half, and it stymied us a little bit and they hit a few 3s that they didn’t hit in the first half and had a little momentum there. But we had some resolve again, kept it around a 10-point lead and never really relinquished that.”
The Stars led 21-8 after a quarter, and pushed the lead to 43-20 at the half to be in complete control. Outside of the win on the road at Clinton Central, it was arguably the best first half of the season for the Stars.
“We talked about attacking with poise and attacking as a team,” Lickliter said. “In the first half, we probably had as many assists as we did for the total game the last two games. We were working the ball a little better, and we were playing a little better as a team in the first half. That led to us getting better shots.”
After scoring 43 points in the first half, the Stars offense sputtered a little bit in the second half after the Hot Dogs switched to a 2-3 zone.
Frankfort went on an 11-2 run to get within 45-31 with 3:58 to go in the third, and got as close as 12 with 1:45 to go in the third stanza.
The Hot Dogs got as close as 11 three different times in the fourth quarter, but could never cut it to single digits.
“Against a 2-3, teams have a tendency to hesitate, or get complacent, or don’t attack as much,” Lickliter said. “Coming out in the second half up 20, we probably should have just held the ball and made them come out to us, because if you are up 20 at the end of the third, eventually they are going to have to play man or they will just lose. In the end, it wasn’t as much not attacking offensively as it was not getting stops on the other end.”
Spencer Wright led the Stars with 21 points in the win, with Connor Hole chipping in 11.
Lucas Morton and Andrew McAtee each had eight.
“Whenever he scores, it is a big plus for us,” Lickliter said. “That is something we have been talking to him about. He brings so much energy coming in — he gets offensive rebounds, he is a really good defender and he wreaks a little havoc out there. When he sets his feet, and gets a good inside-out look, he is a pretty good shooter. He got himself into the flow of the game early, which enabled him to be successful offensive, because we never have to doubt his defense or hustle.”
The Stars are scheduled to take on Hamilton Heights at the historic Hoosier Gym today at 6 p.m.
Lickliter said it will be a fun event for the kids to be a part of.
“I think the kids are looking forward to it,” Lickliter said. “To have a chance to relive some of those moments and experience something that is pretty special in the state of Indiana is cool for our kids.”