The Western Boone girls basketball team got off to a great start in the regional final Saturday night against Bishop Chatard, making it appear like their three overtime game from the afternoon semifinals against Tri-West was going to have little impact.
But midway through the second quarter, the Stars hit a wall and Chatard gradually pulled away in the second half to win the regional 54-40, ending the Stars' season with an 18-6 record.
"I think the best way to sum it up is that we played a lot on emotion in the first half and that carried us through," Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. "I am not going to use (the semifinal game) as an excuse, because everyone has to play two games today, but I think we ran out of gas in the second. That, coupled with how physical they were and how much hanging on to us they were doing, that ran us out of gas in the second half. Any time you only score 13 points in a half, you are probably going to be looking uphill and not downhill."
Western Boone, playing in an atmosphere that resembled a home game with far more Stars' fans than Chatard fans, scored the first six points of the game and led by as many as 10 in the first quarter before settling for a 14-7 lead at the quarter break.
Schelsky said the team was grateful for the strong support.
"I know that I speak for our players and coaches by saying that we greatly appreciate the crowd we had tonight," Schelsky said. "To see our entire side full tonight is one of the reasons it makes me proud to coach at Western Boone."
The Stars continued to play well to start the second quarter, starting the frame on a 7-2 run to take a 21-10 lead on a 3-pointer by Nicole Chance.
Chatard cut it to eight, but a three-point play by Chance put the Stars up 26-15 with 4:11 to go in the second quarter.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.