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 on Saturday, Dec. 7.
"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.
For more of this story, read the Dec. 11 edition of the Times Sentinel.