The Times photo by Aaron Snyder
Westfield senior Zach Banks drives towards the basket during the Shamrocks’ loss on Friday night. Banks finished with a team-high 21 points and shot over 60 percent from the floor.
The Times photo by Aaron Snyder Westfield senior Zach Banks drives towards the basket during the Shamrocks’ loss on Friday night. Banks finished with a team-high 21 points and shot over 60 percent from the floor.

The Shamrocks varsity basketball team (6-5) took on Brownsburg (11-4) on Friday night in Westfield, and the Shamrocks were defeated by the tenth-ranked Bulldogs 65-49.

Senior Zach Banks led the Shamrocks scoring with 21 points—making 8 of 10 from inside the arc—and senior Caleb Welch added 12 points of his own. Standout freshman Braden Smith had 6 points and 5 assists.

Westfield couldn’t seem to find a bucket from behind the three-point line. They finished the game shooting 3 of 18—just below 17 percent—from deep.
Westfield won the third and fourth quarters 14-8 and 16-13 respectively, but after finding themselves with a 27-8 deficit at the end of the first quarter, the Shamrocks would have needed to knock down a lot more shots to have caught up.

The Shamrocks started things off in the first quarter playing a 2-3 zone defense, which seemed to open up the perimeter for the Bulldogs early on—who started the first two minutes of play by going on a 9-0 run.

With two minutes remaining in the first quarter it was Brownsburg on top 19-8 and, by the end of the first, the Bulldogs had extended that lead to 27-8.
The Bulldogs 6-foot-2 senior guard Cameron Alford had a great start to the game, scoring 18 points in the first quarter alone.

In the first four minutes of the second it was more of the same and the Bulldogs extended their lead to 25 points. By the end of the first half it was Brownsburg on top 44-19.

The Shamrocks picked things up on offense during the third quarter—outscoring the Bulldogs 11-5 in the first six minutes of the quarter. By the end of the third it was the Bulldogs ahead 52-33.

In the fourth Brownsburg slowed down the game, passing each possession until finding a wide-open shot. The Shamrocks, on the other hand, were forced to play with a sense of urgency after starting the quarter down 19 points.

A steal by Westfield’s Braden Smith created a shot for Zach Banks at the basket, and cut the deficit to 13 with two minutes left, but that was as close as the Shamrocks would come to evening the score.

By the time final buzzer sounded Brownsburg was ahead 65-49.

The Shamrocks are set to play Tri-West Hendricks (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Westfield.

Brownsburg will travel to Carmel tonight to take on the third-ranked Greyhounds (11-0) in what should prove to be an exciting contest. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.