Lebanon Reporter

January 18, 2014

Defense propels Stars to SAC victory at Frankfort

By Jimmy Gillispie For the Lebanon Reporter
Lebanon Reporter

---- — After a tightly-contested first quarter, the Western Boone girls’ basketball team clamped down on defense on a night when its shots weren’t falling.

The Stars led 17-15 after the first quarter of action before allowing only 17 points during the next three quarters. They held Frankfort without a field goal for almost 10 minutes as they pulled away from their Sagamore Athletic Conference foe. Western Boone (12-2) defeated Frankfort (6-8) 53-32 Friday night at Case Arena.

“We gave up too many points in the first quarter,” WeBo head coach Rich Schelsky said. “In between quarters, we said that had to stop. This team has done that a lot this year. When they’ve bucked down and decided to guard people, we’ve put some really good defensive quarters together. The second quarter tonight put the game where we wanted it. It was a lot more comfortable from there on out.”

WeBo and Frankfort battled neck-and-neck for the first eight minutes. There were three lead changes, two 6-0 runs and a 5-0 run during the first quarter. WeBo scored with 18 seconds left to grab a 17-15 lead over the Hot Dogs. That was as close as the Hot Dogs could come to knocking off the Class 3A No. 7 team.

Frankfort went scoreless for more than four minutes as the Stars’ defense created turnovers and the Hot Dogs went cold offensively. However, they didn’t allow the Stars to pull away much, keeping the game within 10 points or fewer. The Hot Dogs scored only two points – a pair of free throws from junior Taylor Kirby – during the quarter. WeBo led 28-17 at the break.

For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.