Girls Varsity Basketball · Second-half rally not enough for Lady Stars

DOVER – It was the tale of two halves for the Western Boone girls basketball team on Tuesday night.

After scoring just seven points in the first half, the Lady Stars fell behind 21 midway through the third quarter before getting within two in the final seconds. But a 3-pointer by Kara Brewer missed in the final seconds and Rossville held off Western Boone 44-42.

“It stinks to lose on senior night, but I am feeling a lot better right now than I did 45 minutes ago,” Western Boone head coach Megan Alexander said. “In the first half, I just didn’t expect that, especially being a senior-laden team. Our defense was awful. We weren’t getting through screens, we weren’t talking, we were slow to the ball and we have to have better pride than that on our home court. At halftime, the seniors took over and made a difference in the second half.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first quarter, with Rossville hitting just two of their first 10 shots, but found themselves tied 4-4 midway through the first quarter, with Kara Brewer making both baskets for the Stars.

But that was the Stars last offense for a while, the Hornets gradually pulled away, leading 17-4 before an Emily Conyer 3-pointer midway through the second quarter gave Western Boone their only points of the quarter.

Rossville then scored the final seven points to make it a 24-7 halftime advantage.

The Hornets built the lead to 36-15 midway through the third quarter before the Stars started their comeback.

Kara Brewer scored seven points in a 9-2 run to close the third quarter, and after the team’s traded 3s early in the fourth, Western Boone used a 7-0 spurt to get within 41-34 with 4:57 to go.

“They got out of their zone in the second half, and that helped us,” Alexander said. “We were struggling to score against the zone. We were able to move some of our sets, and Kara Brewer sparked us. She has struggled a little bit shooting coming off her injury, but she hit some big shots and got the energy going.”

As the lead continued to shrink, the Stars picked up their defensive intensity and their press created havoc on the Hornets.

Down eight with 2:57 to go, Tori Wilkinson scored inside and Emily Conyer got a steal and lay-up to make it a four-point game with 2:29 to go. After another turnover, Conyer scored again to make it a two-point game with 1:34 to go.

“I saw a spark of our old team,” Alexander said. “We had that spark of determination and we have missed that for a while. We had that at the end of the game.”

Western Boone got the ball back after a missed front-end of a 1-and-1, but after missing a shot for the tie, they were able to run a play for Brewer and her 3 was off the mark.

Brewer finished with 16 points, with Lauryn Florey scoring eight, Emily Conyer seven and Tori Wilkinson six.

Before the game, the Stars honored their six seniors – Addy, Bascom, Brewer, Lauryn Florey, Hillary Reed, Emily Voils and Tori Wilkinson.

Alexander said the group has done a lot of the Western Boone program.

“These girls have embodied everything we want our program to become,” Alexander said. “They are great young women on and off the court. They have high standings academically, they come from great, supportive families and have been dedicated. They have done a great job with the youth program. All the young girls wrote them letters for tonight, and a lot of the comments were ‘you’re my role model,’ ‘you make basketball fun,’ ‘I want to be like you,’ and things like that. That’s what it’s all about. I like to win, I hate losing, but if I can have a program to develop girls like this senior class, then I’ll be successful.”

Western Boone concludes the regular season at North Montgomery on Friday.

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