Boys Junior Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball · Poor shooting holds Stars back against Gophers

Western Boone traveled to Clinton Prairie Friday as they finish the regular season and looked to finish the season on a three game winning streak heading into Sectionals. The Stars started off strong defensively. Western Boone led after the 1st quarter, 12-11. Connor Hole picked up an early second foul in the second quarter and the Gophers were able to tie the game at 21 by halftime. The Stars struggled all night from the field, only shooting 28% in the first half, but they felt good about having a tied ball game heading into the second half after shooting so poorly. Unfortunately, Clinton Prairie got hot from the field and jumped out to a solid start in the second half. Western Boone continued to struggle from the field finishing the game shooting only 24% from the field and 11% from three-point range. The Gophers ended the game with a 59-43.
The Stars and Gophers could see each other again on Friday night in the Sectional 38 semi-final contest.
The JV team won 38-33 over Clinton Prairie in their final game of the JV season. After building a lead early with some defensive pressure, the Stars fought to hold onto the lead throughout the entire game. The Stars had a balanced scoring night with multiple people making contributions. Connor Garrity provided strong minutes around the basket while Marcus Stepp and Seth McClaskey hit free throws late to put the game away. The JV team finished the year with an 8-13 record.
The Stars look to channel their focus on Fountain Central as they face the Mustangs in Tuesday’s Sectional Quarter-Final at 7:30 PM.