BOONVILLE — Starmount is ready for its upcoming game against Elkin, but what North Carolina isn’t ready for is Mother Nature.
For the Rams, there’s no certainty that their basketball games, which are scheduled for Friday night, will be played as scheduled due to snowstorms which are set to hit the area. However, if the Rams bring the heat they’ve put out on the court lately, they’ll be ready for whenever it is.
The boys won their sixth straight game with a 40-39 win over Alleghany Tuesday night. It also marks the fourth straight game the Rams (8-8, 6-1 MVAC) have won by single digits. Last Friday night, the Rams eked out a 26-25 win over North Wilkes, so make no mistake; they’ve found ways to win when it matters most.
The winning streak came at the perfect time for them as well, as with the majority of those wins coming against conference rivals, they’re now a game ahead of North Wilkes in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
When it comes to the girls team, this season has been a tale of two halves. Early on, nothing seemed to mesh on the court. They struggled to rebound and took low-percentage shots. However, in a loss to Ashe County just more than a month ago is when it appeared this team really started to turn things around. While it did not win that game, the players were aggressive to the ball, even leading up until the third quarter. The fact that they were competitive ignited a spark they’ve carried with them since.
The Lady Rams (3-13, 2-5 MVAC) went on to snap a 54-game losing streak the following game against North Forsyth, and have since looked rejuvenated. The team has gone 2-2 in its past four games, including a win over Alleghany Tuesday night.
They’re not a perennial superpower in the MVAC yet, but with so many underclassmen on the court, that’s OK.
In many ways, they’ve shown just how strong the team will be in coming years, and even living in the moment, they’re taking teams to the limit. The young team with only two seniors has looked to build a foundation that will bring them success come 2017 and beyond.
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