Boys Varsity Basketball · Stars blow past Mustangs for second-straight win

Dec 21, 2019

DOVER – There was a little bit of a question on how the Western Boone basketball team would respond on Saturday night against Fountain Central.

The Stars got their first win of the year on Friday night in come-from-behind fashion, and were playing in their first back-to-back of the season.

But those questions were quickly answered. Western Boone jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 66-41 win over Fountain Central.

“You always wonder after getting that first win of the season, first Saturday night game, first back-to-back, you don’t know if you are going to have a let down,” Western Boone head coach Josh Burkett said. “They really responded well. The guys brought it really, really well and our press looked really good.”

Burkett has stressed throughout the beginning part of the season that the Stars defense was going to be what the team hung their hat on, and would lead to their offense.

That was fully on display Saturday night.

The Stars held Fountain Central scoreless for the first 3:51 of the game and led 17-9 after a quarter.

They were even better in the second quarter, holding the visitors to 1 of 7 shooting and just two points in the second period.

For the half, Fountain Central shot just 5 of 18 and turned the ball over 15 times. Western Boone shot 15 of 23 and led by 27.

“That’s what we have to be,” Burkett said. “We have to be able to turn teams over with our defense. I thought we took some steps forward. I didn’t think we played really well in the half court defensively, but we were a little better tonight. We still have room to improve, but we had big gains tonight.”

The lead grew to as many as 33 in the second half as the Stars cruised to their second-straight win.

Western Boone had three players in double figures. Spencer Wright led the group, scoring 21 points and shooting 8 of 11 from the field.

Cortez Stoudemire had 16 points, and Jonathan McAtee had 11. McAtee led the team with seven rebounds.

“Jonathan is just steady,” Burkett said. “He takes coaching really well, and he is the same guy whether you coach him hard or not. He can shoot the ball, and he is starting to gain confidence scoring, which is what we need. But he is just so steady and that is what you need out of your point guard.”

Western Boone is now 2-3 on the year, and are off until Jan. 2, when they host Tri-West in a make-up game from earlier in the year.

Burkett said it was important for the Stars to win the last two games before the holiday break.

“Obviously we would prefer to be 5-0, but it is good to finish with two wins and take some momentum into break,” Burkett said. “We we can get some of our football guys rest, give them the week off and then get ready for a tough Tri-West team. This is a confidence builder. You shoot better when you are playing with a lead, and I thought this was the best we shot all year long. Hopefully that is coming along, our defense is picking up and we will carry this momentum into the Tri-West game.”