The Western Boone boys basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday night in the form of the Hamilton Heights Huskies.
Hamilton Heights used a 23-1 run spanning the end of the first and the beginning of the second quarters and never looked back in a 76-59 win against the Stars.
"That run was the difference in the game," Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said. "They are very, very good and they are very well-coached. They won the sectional last year and want to make a deep run this year and showed they have the pieces to do that. I thought we got off to a great start. We were patient, we were competing and then they hit a couple of shots. We expected them to do that, but then we got so stagnant on offense, and that affected our defense. It is disappointing. I know they are good, but we are going to have to play two really good teams next week if we want to win the sectional."
Western Boone got off to a strong start, taking a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game.
The Stars' lead was 10-8 with 2:42 left in the first quarter after a basket by Riggs Baxter when the Heights' run started.
Over the next 6:17, the Huskies out-scored the Stars 23-1 with the lone point coming on a free-throw from JT Whitaker.
The big contributor to the run was the Huskies offensive rebounding. Hamilton Heights rebounded 17 of their 32 missed shots, leading to 21 second-chance points.
"The offensive rebounds hurt us too," McClelland said. "They got to every loose ball. They out-toughed us and out-scrapped us. I'm not sure deep down we really believed we could win and we have to get past that. The offensive rebounding is disappointing because that is just a toughness thing and a heart and desire thing. Credit them. They made it tough on us and we didn't get those plays."
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.