Lebanon Reporter

February 28, 2014

Gophers hold off Stars 60-52

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Lebanon Reporter

---- — Sometimes it just isn't your night.

Such was the case with the Western Boone boys basketball team Thursday night at Clinton Prairie.

The Stars didn't lead for the final 28 minutes of the game and ultimately fell 60-52 to the Gophers.

"The first quarter we didn't guard anybody," Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said. "We let them go right by us, we were flat, we weren't active in the gaps and I thought that just dictated the whole night. Overall, the game got away from us in the first quarter when we didn't defend and let guys drive by us. It is disappointing, but there is no reason to dwell on this game now, it's over. We can't change the result and now we have a one-game season. We have to decide if we want it to be only one game or if we want it to be more."

Behind a strong start from senior JT Whitaker, Western Boone took an 8-4 lead (with all points scored by Whitaker) with 4:24 left in the quarter.

But an 8-0 run by the Gophers gave them the lead for good.

Despite shooting 29.4 percent (10-of-34) in the first half, Western Boone found themselves down just 25-23.

The Stars tied the game at 25 on the opening possession of the third quarter, but the Gophers countered with a 12-4 run to go up by eight and ultimately led by 12 heading into the final quarter.

"Again we didn't do a good job defending and we settled for a couple of rushed shots early in that quarter," McClelland said. "We had really established JT early in the game and that was really good. But then we got sped up and took quick shots."

Clinton Prairie led 51-37 with less than 3:30 to go when Riggs Baxter decided to bring the Stars back into the game.

Baxter had a three-point play with 3:11 left then stole the in-bounds pass and had another three-point play just two seconds later to bring the Stars within eight.

For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.