By Will Willems
The Western Boone boys basketball team desperately needed a win Saturday night against North Putnam.
The Stars got it in convincing fashion, never trailing in a 69-54 win.
“It was much needed,” Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said. “I was very encouraged with having four guys in double figures. They kept changing defenses, we had to keep changing on the fly. From an offensive standpoint I was encouraged by our balance and how we reacted to them mixing up the defenses and trying to keep us off-balance. And I thought Austin Burtner was absolutely outstanding tonight, I am really excited for him.”
It was the Stars first home game since Nov. 24 against Rossville.
Western Boone had played five road games since. After winning the first road game against Tri-West, the Stars dropped the final four.
“It was great; we needed to be back at home after five-straight on the road at tough places,” McClelland said. “At Zionsville, at Lebanon, at Southmont, those are tough places to play. Not that that is an excuse, but it was nice to finally get back home, get a win in December and I am really proud of the kids.”
Western Boone scored the first five points of the game and led 15-9 after a quarter.
An 8-2 run highlighted by two 3-pointers by Burtner pushed the lead to 10 with 5:47 left in the first half, a margin the Stars would maintain into halftime.
Burtner tied for the team-high with 17 points off the bench
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