BB: Starmount boys eke out a win, girls struggle against full-court press

By Ryan DeCosta -

HAYS — The Starmount boys and girls split their games Friday night against North Wilkes.

Boys : Starmount 26 – North Wilkes 25

Every point mattered Friday night for the Rams, and in the end, they had just enough to come away with its fifth straight win.

A low scoring affair, the Rams led 21-18 after the third quarter, and were able to hang on for a 26-25 win. The Rams (7-8, 5-1 MVAC) and the Vikings (8-7, 4-2 MVAC) both matched up well defensively, and it made it that much harder for either team to score.

After taking a 20-18 lead in the third, the Rams tried to get the Vikings out of their zone defense. Yet, the Vikings would not budge, and thus the head games would begin. Since the Vikings would not move out of their zone, the Rams kept the ball at half court as time began to tick away.

The Rams hope that the defensive exercise they put on will carry over into Tuesday night’s game when they host Alleghany (11-4, 4-2 MVAC). The Trojans are averaging over 30 rebounds per game compared to Starmount’s 27.3. However, the Rams’ shooting percentage is significantly higher at 64-percent compared to Alleghany’s 40. Both numbers are impressive, making Tuesday night’s game likely one of the more exciting games all week.

Girls: North Wilkes 83 – Starmount 40

Behind a stout North Wilkes defense, the Starmount Lady Rams fell to the Vikings 83-40 in a blowout.

Early on, the game had the makings of a close one. Sophomore Skylar Martin was shooting the 3-pointer well, and finding ways to put points on the board. However, the Vikings transitioned to a full-court press, something the Rams struggled to adjust to as by halftime, the Vikings had pulled ahead by 22, 53-31.

From there, the North Wilkes defense got to work, allowing only nine points in the second half.

Starmount’s next opponent is the Alleghany Trojans (3-12, 0-6 MVAC) at home, and the team can take some positives in the loss to one of the best teams in the conference in North Wilkes. To be competitive against that team is no easy task, and while it didn’t end with them being competitive, the Rams now know they’ll have to work on playing against a full-court press more. It’s all part of the process for the young team that continues to grow into what the players and coaches hope will be a constantly improving team in the years to come.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

By Ryan DeCosta

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