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.”