BOONVILLE — In front of a highly energized crowd, the Lady Rams earned a hard fought 56-52 win over West Wilkes.
Entering Friday night’s match, to find Starmount girls basketball’s last home win, one would have to look back at February 8, 2013, when the Rams took down Alleghany 63-45. Fans won’t have to look nearly as far now.
Starmount (2-11, 1-3 MVAC) had seven players score multiple points, and three players reach double digits. The team looks rejuvenated since breaking a 54-game losing streak back in December, and looks like it can take down some more opponents if the players keep things up.
“It was just an overall team effort. It definitely helped a lot — she didn’t start — but getting our point guard back on the floor to distribute as well,” said coach Jeffrey Hague.
Point guard Skylar Martin returned to action for the first time since going down Dec. 11 in a game against Forbush. The sophomore was eager to get back on the court, and added to the energy that the entire team had right from the get-go.
“We walked onto the court with a lot of energy, and we left the court with a lot of energy,” Martin said. “You could just feel it was there. It clicked tonight.”
“The team works better together when Skylar’s on the floor,” assistant coach Carla Cave said.
Starmount started the week struggling to move the ball around in a big loss to East Wilkes Tuesday night. The passing was not there, and the defense struggled to put pressure on anyone. However, the way the girls responded Friday night is what matters most to Hague.
“[After the loss] we went back and watched film, and I think that was a lot of the difference as well because when the kids see themselves on film and not doing what they’re supposed to do, it’s just accountability is what it really boils down to,” Hague said. “They’re happy to see that their hard work is starting to pay off.”
Of the top scorers, Martin had 12 points, junior Courtney Byrd had 10 points, and sophomore Taylor Wood led the way with 15.
Next up for the Rams are defending 2A champion Wilkes Central (9-5, 2-2 MVAC) Wednesday night at home.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.