Girls Varsity Basketball · Big second half leads WeBo to Sugar Creek title

LINDEN – Megan Alexander knew that if Western Boone stuck to what they do well, they would be in good shape Saturday night in the Sugar Creek Classic title game against Southmont.

In the second half, they did just that.

Western Boone went on a 24-6 run spanning the second and third quarters, and pulled away in the second half to top the Mounties 46-35.

“We just had to stay steady,” Alexander said. “Dustin (Oakley) is a great coach and we knew Southmont knew wanted this really bad, so they were going to bring emotion and energy. We just told the girls to stay steady, we were going to feed our big dog Tori (Wilkinson) inside and make sure we didn’t get too emotional and just keep breaking them down.”

It was the 11th-straight Sugar Creek Classic title for the Stars, who have won 12 of the 13 Classics all time.

Alexander said that for the five seniors that played Saturday night, it was important that they kept that streak alive.

“We wanted to play to win, and not being afraid to lose,” Alexander said. “There was a lot of pressure coming into this game, especially for the seniors, to prove a little something to themselves. Playing to win was a key tonight.”

Kara Brewer led the Stars with 24 points, including four 3-pointers.

After scoring just six points on 0-of-3 shooting in the semifinal win against North Montgomery on Thursday, Alexander said that she knew Brewer wanted to have a big game on Saturday.

“She was ready to go,” Alexander said. “I just told her not to press. Everyone is going to face-guard her, she is a strong shooter. At first, it frustrated her, but it made her push a little bit extra. Tonight, we just kept executing and pulled away.”

Brewer’s baskets came at big times throughout the game for the Stars.

With Southmont leading 14-6 early in the second quarter, Brewer hit back-to-back 3s to bring the Stars within two, then hit another late in the quarter to give her team the lead for good 21-18.

Western Boone led by as many as 12 early in the fourth quarter, but a 7-0 spurt by the Mounties cut the lead to five with 4:48 to go.

Brewer stepped up again, hitting on a 3 on the ensuing possession and scored seven points in a 10-0 run that put the game away for good.

“Kara has always been clutch,” Alexander said. “There are a few kids on the team that I give a green light to shoot, and she definitely has it. When she can get open, I am fully OK with her pulling that trigger, because I have the utmost confidence in her.”

Western Boone’s defense was also stout in the second half.

After giving up 16 points in the first 11:22, the Stars allowed just 19 points in the final 20:38, and held Southmont without a field goal for the first 9:35 of the second half.

“I am very happy with our defense,” Alexander said. “That is going to be our bread and butter. Coming into this season, I knew we were going to have struggles to score, but knowing we can hold our opponents down, that’s important.”

Along with Brewer’s 24 points, Tori Wilkinson scored eight and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Stars.

Wilkinson was named Classic MVP, with Brewer being named to the all-tournament team.

Addy Bascom added six points, and Hillary Reed had five.

Western Boone is now 3-2 on the season, and travel to Sheridan on Tuesday.

Alexander said that she thinks the two wins over the weekend could be a good momentum boost for the Stars.

“I sure hope so,” Alexander said. “We have a tough game with Sheridan next. We will celebrate this tonight on the bus ride home, but then it is back to work. We aren’t satisfied. We are a complete team. Our defense can be stifling and when we are patient on offense, we can really get some things rolling.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.