Boys Varsity Basketball · Shamrocks hand Stars fourth-straight loss

Feb 18, 2020

Short-handed Western Boone couldn’t keep up with visiting Westfield on Tuesday night.

The Stars were resting senior Spencer Wright, and only scored 15 points in the second half in a 57-34 loss to Westfield.

“If we would have shot a little bit better, like we normally do, this game would have been closer,” Western Boone head coach Josh Burkett said. “I thought we executed our game plan pretty well, they have some great shooters, but we shot 29 percent and that won’t get it done against a tough opponent.

Westfield jumped out in front early, taking a 9-2 lead just minutes into the game.

Western Boone closed to within 15-11 by the end of the second quarter, and then were within 17-15 midway through the second quarter.

The Stars stayed as close as three when Connor Hole scored with 3:04 left in the second quarter, but the Shamrocks scored the final seven points of the quarter to go into the break leading by 10.

“We definitely didn’t want them to get that 10-point lead at halftime and we wanted to close the first quarter better too,” Burkett said. “We have to finish quarters better, that has kind of been the tale of our season. We are working at it, and are getting closer, but we have three games to get it right befor the sectional.”

Things didn’t get any better for the Stars in the second half.

Western Boone scored just four points in the third quarter, and saw the Shamrocks push the lead to 21.

Western Boone got no closer than 18 in the fourth quarter.

“We were getting the shots we wanted, and worked the ball pretty well, but the shots just didn’t fall,” Burkett said. “When we reverse the basketball, we get better looks and it makes it a lower possession game which we need against a quality team. We did that pretty well, they just weren’t falling.”

Connor Hole led Western Boone with 12 points. Cortez Stoudemire and Jonathan McAtee each had six, with Jake Jones and Caleb Freeman having five each.

The Stars are back in action on Friday night when they host Cascade of senior night.

“We are in the middle of the grind of the season,” Burkett said. “We have lost four in a row, and that makes the grind a little more difficult. We are trying to make sure everyone is staying healthy for the sectional, and we still believe we can compete for that. We want to get some momentum heading in there, and we feel like all three games the rest of the way are winnable for us. But nobody is going to lay down for us, so we have to be mentally prepared and ready to go.”

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