ZIONSVILLE – It was a four-quarter struggle for the Western Boone offense on Tuesday night.
The Stars turned the ball over 31 times and shot 4 of 31 from the field in a 48-17 loss to Zionsville.
“You have to give credit to Zionsville’s defense,” Western Boone head coach Megan Alexander said. “Any time you have more turnovers than points, you aren’t going to win. We missed a lot of lay-ups early, that would have calmed us down a little bit. To get better, we have to go against a team like Zionsville and I think this is going to help us int he long run.”
The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Eagles, who improved to 3-6 on the year.
Head coach Andy Maguire said the win was one his team needed.
“We needed this confidence wise,” Maguire said. “It was good for us to get some easy scoring opportunities, because we haven’t had that. Our defense was solid, but we still have a lot to work on. This was good for us though.”
Zionsville held the Stars scoreless for the first 11:30 of the game, and without a field goal for the first 13 minutes.
Western Boone missed its first 11 field goals of the game.
“We were just solid today,” Maguire said. “Our entire team defense was good. We got a lot of points off our defense too.”
The Eagles couldn’t capitalize from the on their defense in the first half, leading only 12-4 with 2:37 left in the half.
Alexander said that they gave themselves a chance by hanging around in the first half, just could never click offensively.
“Even at halftime, despite the fact that we turned it over a bunch, most of their points came off our turnovers,” Alexander said. “Our defense can be tough to score on, especially at the beginning of the game. We knew eventually we would have to score, and we just turned it over too much.
The Eagles built the lead to 12 by the intermission, and out-scored the Stars 19-1 in the third quarter, getting a lot of fast-break points off steals.
Maguire said Tuesday’s game gave the Eagles a chance to work on some of their trapping defense that they haven’t had a chance to work on yet this year.
“In our conference, we won’t have that same success, but we have to continue to work on our press,” Maguire said. “We rotated pretty well tonight, but right now our best offense is our defense. We have to focus on that, and keep working on our half-court stuff.”
Laila Hull led the Eagles with 18 points, and the Eagles also got seven from Katey Richason and six from Gabby Gay.
Zionsville host Westfield on Friday night in Hoosier Crossroads Conference action.
“They are a solid team, but I think they are beatable,” Maguire said. “In our conference, I think us and them are very comparable. We are going to have to play better than we did tonight to beat them. They are a good basketball team.”
The Eagles lost the match-up with the Shamrocks 60-53 in a close contest.
Visiting Westfield led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and 27-26 at the end of the first half.
But the Eagles were unable to to mount a comeback in the second half.
Katey Richason led the Eagles with 15 points and six rebounds in the loss. Laila Hull had 14 points and four rebounds, while Aalia Carlson had 13 points.
Gabby Gay had six points, four rebounds and three assists.
Zionsville will travel to Tri-West on Thursday night, then to Franklin Central on Saturday afternoon as they look for their first Hoosier Crossroads Conference win.