By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — For three quarters, it looked like the Western Boone girls basketball team was going to cruise to their first victory against Hamilton Heights.
Huskies senior Haley Cook had other ideas. The guard scored 23 of her game-high 41 points in the fourth quarter, helping to cut a 30-point Stars' lead down to five, but ultimately Western Boone held on for a 81-76 victory.
"I honestly don't know what to say about our performance," Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. "That defensive effort is not what this basketball program stands for and that defensive effort is not acceptable. We gave up 41 points to one player, and she is a great player and competitor, but I am speechless about how the game transpired and how it went from a 30-point game to tight at the end."
Western Boone led 72-42 in the final second of the third quarter before Hamilton Heights' Caitlyn Hays hit a 3-pointer to make it a 27-point game after three quarters.
Heights started the fourth quarter on a 13-1 run, with eight of the points coming from Cook, to get within 14 with 5:05 to go, but Western Boone seemed to regain control of things when Emily Harrison went on a personal 6-3 spurt to push the lead back to 18 with 3:41 to go.
But the Stars went cold, and Cook got hot. Western Boone didn't score for the next 2:52, while Cook scored every point of a 11-0 run to cut the lead to 79-72 with 54 seconds left.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.