By Will Willems
The Western Boone boys basketball team out-scored Class 3A No. 8 Lebanon 35-24 in the second half Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Stars, they had fallen behind by too much in the first half. Western Boone was held to eight points on 3-of-14 shooting in the first half and Lebanon held off the Stars in the second half in a 52-43 win.
“The first half we got after it and it set the tone for the game,” Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. “Sometimes the problem with that is, when you play that well for a half, you come out flat and your kids lose focus. We talked about it at halftime. Western Boone did a nice job of making some adjustments and we didn’t rotate as well in the second half. We were lazy because we had the nice lead.”
Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said the 20-point hole the Stars dug was too much to overcome.
“You surely can’t beat a team like Lebanon only playing a half of basketball,” McClelland said. “We can’t win playing a half of basketball. We aren’t that good; we aren’t good enough to spot teams a half — I don’t care who we play. We can play a YBA team, we are just not good enough to spot teams a half. Very few teams in any level of basketball can spot a team a half. Give credit where credit is due, Lebanon played extremely well. They did a nice job of pressuring us and getting the ball out of C.J. (McMann’s) hands, but the lesson is you can’t just play one half of basketball and have a chance to win.”
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.