Feb 15, 2019
Clayton — Western Boone just needed to get some shots to start falling.
The Stars had a slow offensive start Friday night in a road game against Cascade, but once they got going, there was little Cascade could do to stop them in a 56-37 win for the Stars.
“We couldn’t get a bucket in the first quarter, and it seemed like there was a lid on it,” Western Boone head coach Bronson Lickliter said. “We were getting good looks, and were doing a good job creating for one another, the shots just weren’t falling. Adam Pratt hit a big shot at the end of the first quarter, and the guys responded from there.”
But their defense was able to keep them in the game, and Cascade only built the lead to 9-5. Pratt’s 3 cut the deficit to 9-8 at the end of the quarter, and the Stars used that momentum in the second, out-scoring the Cadets 22-6 in the second frame to go up 15 at the half.
“Defensively, holding them to just nine points in the third quarter is pretty good and kept us close,” Lickliter said. “Adam’s shot was a little shot in the arm for us and we were able to continue building off that. We were able to get some easier buckets in that quarter off our defense and we did a good job of attacking the basket.”
Western Boone got 11 points from Connor Hole in the second quarter.
“He did a good job of holding his follow through and making sure he was setting his feet,” Lickliter said. “He played with a lot of confidence tonight. He has been working hard and getting up extra shots in the gym and it was great to see that pay off for him.”
Spencer Wright led the team with 18 points, with Peyton Young adding eight and four assists. Pratt chipped in eight as well.
The Stars are back in action tonight against Sheridan, with the JV tip at 6 p.m.
In between the JV and varsity games, the Western Boone football team will be receiving their state championship rings.
“Sheridan likes to press a little and have a 2-2-1 that morphs into a 2-3 on defense,” Lickliter said. “We have to take care of the ball and be smart when we attack the basket. Offensively, they have four guys that are right around 10 points a game, so they have so guys that can hurt you. We have to apply good ball pressure and make sure we make things difficult on them.”