BOONVILLE — Starmount girls basketball looks like it’s on the verge of a victory, but it didn’t come Friday night.
The girls fell 58-30 to Forbush in their second matchup of the season, however, there’s reason to believe that their losing streak could be over soon, and just in time before conference play begins. The Rams looked strong early on, forcing nine turnovers, and even leading midway through the first quarter. However, the Falcons went on a run thanks to four 3-pointers to end the quarter, and they didn’t stop there. They added three more in the second quarter to lead 34-19 at the half.
Compared to last week’s performance at Forbush, the team looked miles ahead of where they were. They were aggressive on defense, forcing 20 turnovers, a big improvement from last week. The Rams turned the ball over 23 times last week, and only had 15 this week. Sophomore Maggie Freed helped keep the Rams within reach with 10 points on the night, but it wasn’t enough.
“I thought overall, our effort, period was a lot better than it was a week ago, and I just think it shows that we’re growing as a team,” Starmount Head Coach Jeffrey Hague said.
The Rams struggled to get points off of those turnovers though, and even if they were playing good defense, if Forbush had any space in 3-point range, they were taking them and making them.
“They were making shots over our hands, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about that,” Hague said. “Our defense was really good, but they have players and shooters that can make plays and they made shots.”
Staying healthy is another key to this team threatening other teams. Friday night saw starting point guard Skylar Martin and Bralyn Hampton go down to injuries, and their status is not certain entering Tuesday night’s contest against Elkin. The Lady Elks will likely be the best team they’ve seen so far this season, but if the Rams can compete with them, look for them to snap the streak by Friday night.
“It’s a process, and it’ll take hard work. We’ve got to keep working at it, and eventually, I feel like we’ll get there,” Hague said.
Tuesday’s game is at Elkin, while they’re set to host Ashe County Friday night. Both games are slated for a 6:30 p.m. start.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.