By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — The Zionsville boys basketball team opened up their season a week and a half later than they expected to.
But those watching their season-opening game against Western Boone wouldn't have known it. The Eagles out-scored the Stars 16-4 in the second quarter and never looked back in a 60-48 win.
"We knew coming into the game that Western Boone had a late game Friday and had a tough loss to Tri-West," Zionsville head coach Shaun Busick said. "We knew they would maybe be a little down after that, but to their credit they battled the entire night. I think for us it looked like a typical first game. We played two and a half quarters of excellent basketball and after that we reverted a little bit — our fundamentals, our intelligence and our toughness waned a little bit in the fourth quarter."
Busick said he was concerned with the fact that it was Western Boone's fourth game and the Eagles first.
The Eagles had match-ups with Brebeuf Jesuit and Westfield postponed due to the success of those school's football teams.
"That was a big concern of ours, especially playing without our 7-footer (Derrick Smits)," Busick said. "I know one thing, forget the records, forget who is in what class, whenever Western Boone and Zionsville play it is going to be a battle. Their kids have pride, they work hard and they want to beat us. We are the big school now in the county and that has not always been the case. I thought our guys did a good job. We had some good debuts today. Cassius Smits played a good first game and Chris Pappas brought good minutes off the bench."
Western Boone took a 7-2 lead in the opening minutes before Zionsville went on a 7-2 run of their own to tie the game at 9.
The rest of the first quarter was close, with Zionsville holding a 20-16 lead after eight minutes.
"That first quarter we missed a couple of easy ones and free throws and we were still right there," Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said. "I don't think we played as hard as we did Friday night. I don't know if that was because we were gassed or because we were playing Zionsville. Then we missed a couple shots and not only does that effect your offense, but it effects your defense. That is right now is a glaring thing for us. We show, when we are hitting our shots that we have a chance to be pretty good. We just have to keep shooting."
The Eagles pulled away in the second quarter.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.