DOVER — The Western Boone girls’ basketball team scored a victory over North Putnam Tuesday, 54-38.

“This is the first team this year that we were able to win against, after previously losing to,” said head coach Willie Smith. “We figured out what it took to win this game.”

The Stars’ record is now 6-7. Western Boone held the lead throughout the whole game and stepped up their playing both offensively and defensively.

The first quarter started with both teams in a zone defense, which seemed to keep the scores low. Senior Trisha Nicley scored the first two points for the Stars, followed by Laura Lawson with four and Lindsey Lowhorn with three. Sophomore Kassie Yates showed off her shooting skill by swooshing a three-pointer, and that led to an 11-10 WeBo lead at the end of the first quarter.

“We were able to see the open man beneath, and also finish our shots,” said Smith.

This was obvious in the second quarter, with the Stars seeing the open players and making better passes to them. Along with playing good offense, Western Boone’s defense also excelled, only letting North Putnam score two points in the whole quarter. This was done with a man-to-man defense strategy. Senior Alex Burns and Lawson showed off their defending skills in this quarter.

“Burns and Lawson do a good job at shutting down. Burns made (North Putnam’s) #24 work for everything, and shut her down throughout the game,’ said Smith.

WeBo led 22-12 at the half. In the third and fourth quarters the stars continued to play well, always keeping at least a 10-point lead against North Putnam.

Junior Heather Theademan played aggressively, scoring six points in the third quarter, along with Nicley with four and Lawson with three.

During the fourth quarter both teams went into bonus, and because of that North Putnam started to come back from the free throw line. However, this didn’t stop Western Boone, especially with players like Bramblett and Mercer underneath, and Burns and Lawson defensively.

Senior Jill Purdy also showed off her guard skills by keeping Western Boone’s offense running.

“When they started to pressure us our guards did a good job seeing the open man and looking down the court. Jill always does a nice job with running the offense,” said Smith.

The Star’s were able to hold on to their lead, and come up with the victory.

“We’ve lost seven games, six of those we’ve at one point had the lead in the fourth quarter. Tonight we were able to get that lead and hold it,” said Smith.

The top scorer in Tuesday’s game was Nicley with 16 points, followed by Burns with 10, Lawson with nine, and Theademan with eight. Other scorers were Bramblett with six, Yates with three, and Lowhorn with two.

The WeBo junior varsity team also defeated North Putnam 34-15. The leading scorers in that game were Alicia Asher and Lindsey Woody both with six. The junior varsity’s record is now 11-2.

The Stars will travel to Frankfort Friday for a doubleheader. Tip-off for the girls game is at 6 p.m., with the varsity boys game to follow.

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