In the first quarter, Boone got off to a very sluggish start defensively and Carlisle couldn’t miss. Lack of aggressive closeouts and energy allowed the Wildcats to have a long range party early in this game. Offensively, Boone was very patient and managed to get some inside scores from sophomore John Herrick. At the end of one, the score was 26-13 in favor of Carlisle.
Sophomore Trevor Van Pelt talked about the first quarter action. “Carlisle came out and made a ton of shots in the 1st quarter. But we kept fighting and chipping away,” said Van Pelt.
In the second quarter, Carlisle started the quarter with a long range 3 pointer courtesy of junior Max Evans. After that, Boone locked in defensively and limited Carlisle’s deep attempts. The Toreadors kept the Wildcats out of the middle and secured rebounds. Offensively, Boone began to heat up the nets sparked by junior Ethan Lewis and his 3 point expertise. Also, the Toreadors made it a priority to drive to the rim and convert their layups. Easy baskets propelled Boone back into the game and at the half the score was 36-31 in favor of Carlisle.
In the third quarter, Boone established their first lead. Early defensive stops allowed the Toreadors opportunities in transition and Carlisle was on their heels. The home crowd encouraged the Wildcats and they wouldn’t go away. Freshman Collin Lister got hot from deep and Carlisle regained their lead and held it for the remainder of the quarter. At the end of 3, Boone trailed by a score of 57-52.
In the fourth quarter, Carlisle went on a run and went up by 12 points and it looked very difficult for Boone to mount a comeback. Boone pulled out a series of elevator screens to free up Lewis and he put on a 3 point barrage to put Boone back in winning position. The score remained close and the game was tied up at 73 with Boone in possession. Coach Justin Baute drew up a play for Lewis, but he couldn’t free himself up for a shot. At the end of regulation, both teams were knotted up at 73.
In overtime, Boone got on the board first and took a 75-73 lead. Carlisle then countered with a layup and brought the game back to a tie. Carlisle was held scoreless and Boone got a monumental win over the Carlisle Wildcats by a score of 80-75. Boone moves to 6-8 overall and 5-4 in the Raccoon River Conference.
Senior Danny Anderson summed up the big win. "The whole team worked together. Whether we were down or had the lead we played with energy and effort and prevailed in the end," said Anderson.
Come out and support your Boone boys basketball team on Friday night as they take on the Bondurant Farrar Bluejays at the Kate Shelley Fieldhouse at 7:30 PM.