By Will Willems
Dover — In a match-up of the only two unbeatens in Sagamore Conference play, the Class 3A No. 12 Western Boone Stars made sure there was no doubt who the top team in the conference was.
Western Boone cruised past Crawfordsville 25-13, 25-10, 25-20 to move to 22-3 on the year and 4-0 in the Sagamore Conference.
“It feels good especially since Crawfordsville was undefeated in conference coming into this match,” Western Boone head coach Laura Lawson said. “It is great that we can come out and show the other conference teams that the team that was undefeated, just like we were, lost to us in three.”
The Stars suffered their third loss of the season Saturday in the finals of the Western Boone Invitational, losing in two games to Class 3A No. 3 Bishop Chatard.
Lawson said she was happy with the girls response following that loss.
“Chatard was not fun at all,” Lawson said. “But it was a great learning experience because Chatard was so fast-paced and we could not adjust to that. One of the timeouts in the first game today, I told the girls to take it out on Crawfordsville. All the anger the girls had after Chatard I wanted them to take out on Crawfordsville. We wanted to make them feel like we did when it was too fast to handle.”
After being tied at 5 early in game one, the Stars started to pull away from Crawfordsville, scoring nine of the next 11 points.
A 7-0 run to move the score to 22-9 was the final nail in the Athenian coffin in the game. Game two followed a similar pattern.
After being tied at 3, Western Boone jumped out to an 8-3 lead and another 7-0 run in the game to push the lead out to 14.
The difference in the games was the Stars’ tempo. Lawson said her team continues to work on improving their pace of play.
“We are just designing more plays and more drills in practice to help us play at a fast tempo,” Lawson said. “We did a drill (Monday) where the girls worked hard the whole time and after 20 seconds they could take a break. The girls were huffing and puffing like they did 10 suicides but that is the fast pace we need to work on.”
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