By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — It wasn't a thing of beauty for the Western Boone girls basketball team in their season opener at Lafayette Jefferson. But, the Stars made enough plays down the stretch to top the Bronchos 55-47 to earn the season-opening win. "That was a normal first game of the season, especially on the road," Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. "All of our concerns heading into the game were skewed to the offensive end and how we would shoot the ball, how we would play and the pace we would play. I thought we were really sluggish offensively, especially in the first half. But, at the end of the day, that is why we scheduled this game; we wanted to be tested. We want to face adverse conditions, so coming on the road against a school that is a lot bigger than us in a big-time league, we need to be tested like that. Our kids persevered at the end and found a way to win. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how pretty as long as the check goes in the left-hand column." Western Boone led 7-5 at the end of a quarter and 25-20 at the half in a foul-plagued first half. Twenty-nine fouls were called in the half and put players on both sides in foul trouble. Western Boone shot just 6-of-27 from the field in the first half and 12-of-23 from the free throw line. The Bronchos were nearly as bad, shooting 7-of-25 from the field and 5-of-10 from the line. Schelsky said the amount of fouls contributed to the offensive struggles. "It definitely did," Schelsky said. "Like I told the kids at halftime, it is the officials first game too. Jeff is a much improved team and they play their butts off. They were going to come at us 150 miles an hour, they were going to bump us and hit us â€” not play dirty â€” but going to be physical and do the things they needed to to stay in the game. Games like that make it hard on the officials. Neither team probably had a possession for more than 15 seconds." The Stars played much better coming out of the half. A 9-2 run midway through the quarter gave the Stars a 39-26 lead and the visitors held a nine-point advantage at the end of the third quarter. For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.