ROSSVILLE — The Western Boone boys basketball team is continuing to make progress.
Now they have to start getting the results. The Stars battled back and forth with host Rossville on Tuesday night, but fell just short of a fourth-quarter comeback in a 61-56 result.
“We need to find a way to win,” Western Boone head coach Josh Burkett said. “It’s time now. We need to practice more, that’s obvious. We are fouling too much, and we want them to be aggressive, but we have to play smart and take better shots. There are things we have to work on, we have to be more business like and I think we will be and bounce back this weekend.”
The Stars led again at 50-49 with 4:34 to go, but Rossville used a 5-0 spurt to take the lead for good.
“We had five stops in a row, scored after three of them and got the lead,” Burkett said. “Marcus (Stepp) tried to draw a charge and it was a close call, and he took one to face and was bleeding, which really acted like a long timeout. Marcus was giving us great minutes, and we had to take him out and they took the momentum back. It’s a huge game of momentum, and they took it there late.”
The Stars got within a point on a 3-pointer by Cortez Stoudemire with 31.3 to go, but the Hornets beat the Stars press for a lay-up, and after a WeBo miss, beat the Stars’ trap for another lay-up to finish off the game.
While they weren’t able to come all the way back to get the win, Burkett said the Stars played with the heart that he wants them to play with for 32 minutes.
“It all starts on the defensive end, that’s our bread and butter, and we have to be great defensively to win games,” Burkett said. “We haven’t shot it well yet, and hopefully that starts to come around, but it’s going to start with our defense.”
The Stars got off to a good start in the first quarter, jumping out to a 13-2 lead in the opening four minutes of the game.
Rossville got within five by the end of the first quarter, and finished off an 11-1 run to take a 23-20 lead with 5:12 left in the half.
The Hornets ultimately led by a point at the intermission.