For the second-straight season, Western Boone was denied in the Sugar Creek Classic title in the championship game.
After falling to Southmont last season, the Stars lost to Crawfordsville this year 73-58.
The loss dropped the Stars record to 4-6 on the season.
"First of all, hats off to (Crawfordsville) coach (David) Pierce and their staff and their kids," Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said. "They played a very good game. The first half, they sped us up so much and that is something we talked about. We didn't handle that very well early. We got it down to 52-47. had a 3-on-1 and settled for a long shot instead of attacking the rim. We did get it down to four, but we could never get over the hump. I just felt like every 50-50 ball went their way and that was the difference of the game."
The two teams were tied at 7 early before a 9-2 Crawfordsville run gave them a 16-9 lead with 43.5 seconds left in the first.
A Braxton Porter 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in the first quarter sparked a 10-2 Western Boone run and give the Stars a 19-18 lead.
The two teams traded the lead for the next couple of minutes before being tied at 23 with 3:51 left in the half.
Then Crawfordsville took over. The Athenians closed the half on an 11-3 run to take a eight-point lead into the half.
McClelland said the Athenians press, which forced 13 turnovers in the game, caused the Stars problems at times.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.