DOVER – The momentum was with Western Boone heading into the fourth quarter on Wednesday night in the boys basketball season opener.
The Stars forced eight Rossville turnovers in the third quarter, and used to 15-4 run to take a one-point lead on a 3-pointer by Seth McClaskey with three seconds left in the third quarter.
But in the fourth quarter, the Stars couldn’t keep the momentum going.
“You can only run a press for so long,” Western Boone head coach Josh Burkett said. “They figured out how to break it, and we didn’t do a good enough job of recovering when they broke it. They are a team that does that, we normally aren’t. We have to be able to play at a different gear than we are playing at right now.”
Western Boone started the fourth quarter with possession, but turned it over.
Rossville’s Austin Bray scored on the other end to give the Hornets the lead, and after another Western Boone turnover, Bray hit a 3 from the corner to give the visitors a 37-33 lead with 6:18 to play.
The teams traded baskets on the next few possessions, with a Garrett Morton basket cutting the deficit to 39-37 with 5:30 to go, but the Hornets scored the next five points to go up 44-37 with 4:07 to go.
Western Boone only turned twice in the third quarter, but turned it over on four of their first seven possessions in the fourth, and had 18 in the game.
“Turnovers kill you, they just do,” Burkett said. “We have to do a better job of controlling the basketball. It wasn’t even their pressure as much, it was 1-on-1 they were just taking it from us. Our ball control has to be a lot better, and will get there. These guys are going to work and get better.”
Down eight in the last minute, the Stars got a 3-pointer from Jonathan McAtee to cut it to five, and after the Hornets missed the front end of a 1-and-1, McAtee scored a three-point play to make it 49-47 with 3.8 to go.
But the Hornets got loose on the inbounds and were able to finish off the game.
It was the first game for the Stars after they delayed the start of the season due to the success of the football team.
Article courtesy of Will Willems of the Lebanon Reporter