By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — It wasn't the prettiest game the Western Boone girls basketball team has played this season.
But it was enough to improve to 6-0 with a 59-47 win against Tri-West in the Sagamore Conference opener.
"It is always good to start the conference portion of the season with a win," Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. "You have to give Tri-West a lot of credit. We took their best shot in the first half. As a team, we were only giving up 33 points a game and they had 30 at the half. They really played at a high level. But at the same time, you have to give our kids credit for turning around in the second half and holding them to 17. We hadn't played in a long time. We had 10 days off and we had a lot of rust early and that gave them some momentum early because we missed some shots we normally make. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how pretty or ugly, a win's a win, especially in conference."
After allowing Tri-West to shoot 52.2 percent in the first half, Western Boone held the Bruins to just 23.1 percent in the second half.
"We got after it a little harder," Schelsky said. "We kept the ball in front of us better. We turned up our pressure and our press was really effective in the third quarter. And when we went zone in the fourth quarter we did a good job of that and got them out of sync and they turned it over. Our kids just clamped down and defended better."
The game was tied after a quarter and the Stars led by just one at the half before slowly pulling away in the second half.
Schelsky said it was good to be tested in the second half. The Stars had won their previous four games by an average of 35 points.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.