By Will Willems
It was a long night on offense and defense for the Western Boone Lady Stars basketball team Friday night.
Class 4A No. 10 Westfield controlled all phases of the game en route to a 58-24 victory, dropping the Stars to 1-1.
“I will say this, I haven’t seen every 4A team across the state the last two years, but that is not a top-10 team. That is a top-5 team,” Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. “Especially when they shoot the ball like tonight. They have a lot of weapons, they use them, they are all basketball savvy kids and they play together well. We knew the challenge was very stiff and we had a game plan which honestly we executed early in the game. They are a really good team and a lot of the kids we had have only been playing a couple of weeks and are in new spots, we are going to have our ups and our downs and tonight was a down but we won’t dwell on it.”
Western Boone was able to slow down the Westfield attack early, trailing just 4-0 in the first four minutes.
But the lead grew to 13-1 after a quarter (the lone WeBo point coming on a first-quarter free throw by Emily Harrison) and led 25-1 with four minutes left in the half.
BayLee Mitchell hit the first Western Boone field goal with 3:24 left in the first half.
“They have some good length and quickness in spots which we knew,” Schelsky said of the Westfield defense. “But I wouldn’t call their defensive pressure ultra-quick. We just have to get better when people get in our space because we don’t like that. That is basically what it revolved around. They guarded us just hard enough that we had to do something with the ball and our kids have to get better at handling the basketball when people are in our space.”
The Stars played better in the second half, but had no answer for the Shamrocks’ Jenn Anderson.
The 6-3 center and IU commit had 10-third quarter points, including six straight to push the lead to 49-13. She finished with 23 points.
Schelsky said that is the first of many quality post players the Stars will see this season.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.