EAST BEND – The Starmount girls basketball team reached a milestone Friday night against the Forbush Falcons, but it’s one that they shouldn’t be proud of.
The program lost its 50th straight game 71-37, extending a losing streak dating back to Feb. 12, 2013. Despite leading early in the game, things started to quickly fall apart for the Rams (0-3) from the second quarter on. The Falcons (4-2), decked in red white and blue looked like the defending NCAA-champ University of Connecticut Huskies, and played like them in the second quarter, piling on a season-high 31 points and sinking 7 3-pointers.
“We were playing decent [defense], but I knew all along that they have shooters,” Starmount Head Coach Jeff Hague said. “You’ve got to cover the shooters and we didn’t do a good job of that later in the game.”
For the final three quarters, Forbush dominated the potential arrow thanks to their dominance on the boards and on defense. In all, the Falcons forced 23 turnovers, and there was one sequence where while Forbush couldn’t get a shot to fall, they had five straight rebounds.
“Our rebounding, period, is just not good right now. If you give teams four or five shots of course they’re going to make one of them. You’re not going to win any basketball games that way,” Hague said.
However, despite the big loss to a rival team, there’s still at least three reasons to believe that this team will not only end the streak, they’ll threaten some teams in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. First, the team is still in non-conference play, buying them some time to work on working on their weaknesses. Second, they get another look at Forbush at home next Friday night in their final non-conference game. Third, they’ve outplayed their opponents in some quarters at some point during all three of their games so far. If they can play a full 32 minutes, then this streak will be snapped very soon.
Starmount plays Mount Airy (3-0) Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. before hosting a rematch against Forbush Friday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.