Girls Varsity Basketball · Big third quarter lifts Lady Stars past Mounties

Dec 20, 2019

DOVER — History repeated itself as the Southmont Mounties dropped a 54-34 decision to Western Boone in the first game of a boy-girl doubleheader Friday night.

As was the case in the championship game of the Sugar Creek Classic last month a bad third quarter was the difference in the game.

Southmont had erased a big first-quarter deficit and managed to get within striking distance at halftime trailing just 18-15 after trailing by double digits earlier in the half.

“We felt pretty good about getting it to 18-15 at the half and we felt like we could make a run at them in the third quarter,” Southmont coach Dustin Oakley said.

That would not happen as western Boone blitzed the Mounties (6-6, 1-4) by a tune of 24-7 to break the game wide open and send the Stars to their 21st straight win over the Mounties.

In the third quarter, it was 12 turnovers and a balanced attack that led the Stars (4-6).

“We had some people step up,” Western Boone coach Megan Alexander said. “It’s not a secret that we have some injuries and tonight we had a freshman step it up and got us going in the first half and then our seniors put it together in the second half. This was a total team effort.”

Freshman Emily Conyer scored half of her team’s 18 first-half points and then ended the game with a career-high 25. Senior Hillary Reed scored 12 of her 14 points in the third quarter to see the Stars roll to a 42-22 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“In the Classic it was a 9-2 run the third quarter that broke open the game and tonight they just blitzed us in the third quarter,” Oakley said. “I can’t really explain it.”

The Lady Stars have the week off before playing in the Niehaus Lumber Classic in Vincennes Friday and Saturday.