For the first 23 minutes of Saturday's match-up between Western Boone and Fountain Central, it was a back-and-forth contest where neither team led by more than five.
But when Western Boone started to hit shots, the Mustangs had no answer. Western Boone held Fountain Central scoreless for the final 9:30 minutes and defeated the Mustangs 60-43.
"We were active in our zone," Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said of the decisive run. "I think they were having troubles getting into any rhythm offensively. We were able to get a couple of stops and easy baskets and one of the things we talked about was we were able to extend the lead when we were holding the ball a little bit because we were passing up shots to get better shots. That is just a great sign of kids being tough and resilient and maturing. It was just really good to see."
Fountain Central came in 4-1 on the season and was scoring around 58 points a game.
McClelland was extremely happy with the way the team prepared for the Mustangs.
"The kids were were just unbelievable tonight," McClelland said. "I'm speechless, I really don't know what to say other than they were just outstanding. They were resilient all week. We have dealt with adversity early on, we were punched in the mouth a couple of times and the kids have handled it all. We are getting different guys to show some leadership and make some plays; I am just really excited for our guys, they did a great job. And our assistant coaches, the boys deserve the credit, but our assistants Brian (Bowerman), Willie (Smith) and Gunner (Reed) got these kids ready to go. I was so concerned about (the conference game) last night that they did most of scout for this one. Those three guys did an unbelievable job of getting our guys ready and our kids were just magnificent tonight."
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.