Twice in the third quarter the Stars were within nine, but back-to-back baskets by Lebanon’s Alexis Wines and Carissa Smith pushed it back to 13 and it was 11 at the half.
“You hate to say you are happy with a loss, but we are getting better,” Western Boone head coach Megan Alexander said. “We are playing some tough competition and that is a tough Lebanon team. I think our girls rose to the challenge, we competed and I think in some aspects out-hustled them today.”
Coming out in the second half, the Tigers increased the pressure and put the game away.
The Tigers closed the quarter with eight-straight points, then added the first basket of the fourth quarter to go up 20.
The lead was as many as 22 and Western Boone got no closer than 17 in the quarter.
Wines had nine for the Tigers, and Kierston Smith had eight points and four rebounds.
For Western Boone, Emmy Roys had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Katheryn Rutherford led the Stars with 15 points.
The 15 points were her career high.
“Katheryn is starting to emerge,” Alexander said. “Last year at this time, she started doing the same thing at the JV level. She sometimes tries to do too much, but she is getting better with her ball handling and having Emmy helps too. It allows Katheryn to relax a little bit and play like she did today.”
Western Boone is back in action on Tuesday at Southmont.
Article courtesy of Will Willems of the Lebanon Reporter
Junior Varsity Recap:
The JV Lady Stars traveled to Lebanon Saturday night for a hard fought defeat against the Tigers. Turnovers plagued the young Stars throughout the game with the first half ending 0 to 6 and a final score of 5 to 38. Highlights of the game were Brook Smith knocking down a 3 pointer in the forth and Stef Dickerson taking 2 charges.