BOONVILLE — The Starmount girls basketball team is ready for part two of what looks to be a tough week for the team.
Following a loss to defending 2A champion Wilkes Central Wednesday night, the Rams (2-12, 1-4 MVAC) are headed to Hays to face an equally strong North Wilkes team Friday night. Wilkes Central pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 73-42 win, however, there are plenty of positives Starmount can take out of the loss. The game was hovering at 38-30 for nearly five minutes in the third quarter, but once Wilkes Central started to hit shots, the Rams could not keep the game within reach.
“I knew eventually one of us was going to make a run, and unfortunately, they were the ones who made a run instead of us,” Head Coach Jeffrey Hague said.
One of the biggest things Wilkes Central excelled in was its control of the pace. The ball was going up and down the court so quickly at times its points in transition put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter. However, Wilkes Central’s ability to slow the game down and still put points up buried the Rams hopes of an upset win.
“It’s fine to go fast paced, but at some point you’ve got to slow down and be able to execute your offense or whatever you do so that you can get quality shots and I just thought their shots were much better than our shots. They made their shots and we didn’t,” said Hague.
The difference in this team now from where it was at the start of the year is clear. It has played with much more confidence and has made some great stops on defense. Wilkes Central, like the defending champ it is, was successful in finding some holes to gain the points needed, when it needed them.
“I think we have been playing motivated with a lot more effort, which translates to us having a chance in the ballgame. Overall, I’m pleased with my team, and particularly their effort,” Hague said.
As young as the team is, there’s even more reason to believe the team will be successful long-term with a roster full of sophomores and freshmen. It’d certainly like to snag a few more wins before the season is over, but the team already has grown so much to the point Hague said his optimism for the future is very high.
“This season, to me, you’re in the best possible position you can be if you’re trying to build a program,” Hague said. “You’ve got a lot of younger players and the season’s just a foundation season that’s hopefully the start of much better things to come.”
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.