By Will Willems
The Western Boone Lady Stars basketball team had their defense running in mid-season form Tuesday night in the season opener against Lafayette Jefferson.
The Stars held the Bronchos to 20.5 percent (9-of-44) shooting and forced 18 turnovers in a 39-27 victory.
“I was very, very, very pleased with our defensive effort tonight,” Western Boone head coach Rich Schelsky said. “We hit a little lull in the third quarter and gave up a few more points than we probably would have liked, but to play the first game of the season against 4A opponent and hold them under 30 points — that’s this team. We are going to win on defense.”
Western Boone put the game away in the first half.
Trailing 5-4 midway through the first quarter, the Stars scored the final eight points of the stanza to lead 12-5 after eight minutes.
The Bronchos’ Kara Homeier hit a 3-pointer 37 seconds into the second quarter, but the visitors didn’t score again before halftime.The Stars scored the final 10 points and led 22-8 at the break.
The impressive part of the run was that the Stars only shot 33.3 percent (4 of 12) from the field in the quarter. Western Boone shot slightly better for the game at 39.5 percent (17 of 43).
“It’s obvious we don’t have our basketball legs yet,” Schelsky said. “That is affecting a lot of our shooting. We got a lot of good looks tonight but we just didn’t make many of them. I told the kids that I’m not mad at them for missing them and I’m not mad for them shooting them, it is just going to take us some time to get in shape. That is going to come. For the first night, and basically being a brand-new team with a new style, I am so proud of them.”
The lead was 13 after the third quarter and the Stars’ offense sputtered to start the fourth, not scoring for the first 3:24.
But the Bronchos were only able to manage one free throw during that span. Western Boone ended any doubt with a runner by Nicole Chance and a 3-pointer by Kaitlin Miller to push the lead to 17.
Chance finished eight points in the game and Miller added seven.
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