By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — Rossville — The Western Boone boys basketball team has played well at points during the first two games of the season.
But unfortunately for the Stars, they haven’t been able to put it all together to get wins. Western Boone dropped to 0-2 Saturday night with a 64-53 loss to Rossville.“I think more than anything I take away from the game is that we played well at times,” Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said. “We are struggling to hit the bucket right now. We are getting good shots, we just aren’t consistently hitting the basket. I think we were 38 percent overall from the field. It’s not like we aren’t getting good shots though, we just have to play through it.”The Stars have players that have proven capable of scoring on the varsity squad in prior seasons.
That has McClelland confident things will turn around for the offense.“I have to think that it will turn around,” McClelland said. “It would be one thing if we weren’t getting good shots, but that is not the case. We are getting good shots and running our offense, they just aren’t dropping right now. We missed 14 shots in the paint, too. We just have to keep shooting and staying the course. We will continue to work on it in practice.”Despite the 0-2 record, McClelland said he has liked the effort his team is playing with.“The effort is there, we are just missing shots,” McClelland said. “We had 13 offensive rebounds, but only scored off three of them. That also effects your defense because you are thinking about the shots you miss as you are running back. We aren’t hitting our free throws either, we were 9 of 19 and missed three front ends of 1-and-1s. But it isn’t an effort thing by any means, we just aren’t scoring.”Both of the losses so far this season have come against quality teams on the road, McClelland said.
He added that will help his team in the long run.“When you look back at the end of the season, both those teams will probably have 14 or 15 wins,” McClelland said. “They are tough places to play. The effort and the things we can control have been there. I don’t fault the kids effort we have showed. We are getting rebounds, we are trying to draw charges into the fourth quarter. Those are the things that if we continue to get that, when the execution comes, we will be OK. It is tough to look up and see a couple of losses, but the kids are playing hard.”J.T. Whitaker led the Stars with 14 points and six rebounds on Saturday. Austin Burtner added 11, and Logan Wethington had 10.
In the first two games of the season, five different Stars have scored in double figures.“I think as we continue to build on that it will make us tough to defend and scout,” McClelland said of the balance. “I mean, who do you want to take away? We have multiple guys who are capable of scoring. We have had great balance and that makes us better. There is no question we have had to change who we are as a team a little bit after losing a couple of guys from last year. But the kids are adjusting to those changes.”The Stars are off until Friday when they host Tri-West in the conference opener. The next night they host Zionsville in the annual county match-up.“It is a tough weekend,” McClelland said. “When you asked most of the conference coaches in the pre-season, they would say Tri-West is one of the top couple of teams. We have them at home and they are going to want to get us back from beating them last year. They are a good team; they are athletic and long. (Tyler) Waite is an all-conference player from a year ago and they have a nice transfer. Zionsville is traditionally good and I like playing them early in the season. They have beat us 8 or 9 times in a row but it helps us in the long run. We have to recognize that we are playing against length and utilize shorter passes. We have to slow down and box out well, because we will be giving up 2-3 inches at every spot. They are good challenges and hopefully we put ourselves in position to get a good win.”