BOONVILLE – For the Starmount girl’s basketball team, the start of their season is a chance to erase the past and start anew. Although a streak they dread continued Tuesday and Wednesday night, it seems like change is coming to Boonville.
Starmount opened the season Tuesday night with a 45-30 loss to North Iredell, then fell 50-45 to South Stokes Wednesday night. It’s the beginning of a new era for Starmount girls basketball, with head coach Jeff Hague in his first season working with the girls program. Despite the opening loss, he saw progress in the team.
“We were really stagnant and we didn’t get in as much of an offensive flow as I would have liked,” Hague said “But all in all, I know eventually those shots will fall.”
Feb. 12, 2013, a 80-76 overtime win over East Wilkes marked the last time the Starmount program won a regular season game. Since then, Starmount has lost 49 straight games, but the slate is nearly clean just two games in, and they look like they’ve significantly improved in terms of talent and in size. Last year, the team was young with plenty of underclassmen, while this year they’ve picked up some senior talent and stuck with the basics.
“I have a lot of confidence that [the losing streak] is gonna change, because I have a lot of confidence in the players that we have in that locker room, and I know that with the work that we put in each and every day in practice, we will have opportunities to win games and I feel that we will win some games.”
For the team, the losses continues the streak, but with conference play not starting for another two weeks, there’s still time for them to be ready to compete with other teams in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. At that point, that’s when the games really count.
“It’s hard to erase the past. Everybody looks at the past but you just got to remember that the future is what you really want to focus on and it’s a new season, new start,” sophomore Skylar Martin said.
Their new season continues Friday night at Forbush High School (3-2) at 6 p.m.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.