The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Devin Guard drew 18 points and nine rebounds out of Thursday’s game.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Devin Guard drew 18 points and nine rebounds out of Thursday’s game.

Western Boone used two first-half runs and converted from the line in the fourth quarter, to earn a 52-39 Sagamore Conference victory over Crawfordsville Thursday evening.

The Athenians led 4-0 to start the game but the Stars went on a 13-0 run to take a 13-4 lead early in the second. They went on a 10-0 run later in the quarter to lead, 27-16, at half.

“Our guys didn’t come ready to play,” Athenian coach David Pierce said. “We started the game with two unforced turnovers and we lost our fire from there.”

Devin Guard singlehandedly tried to get the Athenians back into it in the third. He scored 10 of his 18 and pulled down four of his team leading nine rebounds in the quarter.

“I was really proud of Devin tonight,” Pierce said. “He was one rebound away from a double-double, just on effort alone.”

The Athenians cut the lead to 33-30 with under a minute to go in the third, but left Zach McMann open in the corner. The senior buried it to give the Stars a six-point lead, 36-30, at the end of the quarter.

Crawfordsville cut it to four with 5:00 remaining, but the Stars closed it out from the foul line hitting 10-of-12 for the final margin.

“We need to learn to bring it every night,” Pierce added.

Konnor Smith added six points and six rebounds for the team.

Kaleb McCloskey had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Stars (8-10, 2-5 SAC), while McMann finished with 16.

The Athenians (6-10, 1-4 SAC) dropped to seventh in the conference. Western Boone moved to a tie with Frankfort in fifth place. Crawfordsville have a chance to bounce back Saturday as they host Riverton Parke at 2:30 p.m.