Starmount goes ice-cold against West Wilkes
by Matthew Gorry
MILLERS CREEK - Starmount opened a busy week of play with a tough make-up double-header in Millers Creek Monday night.
After snow pushed the game from Friday to Monday, the Rams were swept in the twin bill with West Wilkes after ice-cold shooting performances that resembled the freezing temperatures in the area. The Lady Rams dropped a 54-35 decision to a solid West Wilkes side, while the boys fell 64-42 in the second game of the double-header.
In the opening game, a cold second half doomed the Lady Rams. Starmount scored just 11 points after the break that turned a one-point halftime lead into a 19-point loss.
The Lady Rams led 24-23 heading into the locker room after out-scoring West 16-5 in the second. But Starmount lost its rhythm in the second half, only managing seven points in the third and four in the fourth.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks dropped 31 points in the half to cruise to the 54-35 victory.
Guilford College signee Heaven Walters was limited to 14 points on the night - four in the second half - to lead the Rams. Bralyn Hampton scored seven points, while Miracle Walters and Whitney Pardue added six points apiece.
While the Lady Rams hit their funk after the intermission, the boys came out of the gates cold, falling behind early before trying to fight back.
A 13-point first half put Starmount behind 35-13 at the break. The Rams scored 29 points after the break but could not overcome the early deficit, falling 64-42.
Gunner Cass led Starmount’s second-half charge with nine points, finishing with 11 on the night, while Luke Shore scored eight of his 10 after the break. James Ashley and Nathan Williams added seven and six points, respectively.
Starmount steps out of Mountain Valley Conference play tonight, heading to Pilot Mountain to take on East Surry in their final non-conference game of the season. The Rams cap the busy week with a meeting with Ashe County Friday night in Boonville.
The Lady Rams (2-7) will be looking to snap a six-game conference losing streak in the final two games, while the Rams (2-7) look to bounce back from two-straight losses.
Ashe swept the first meeting between the schools. The Lady Rams fell 48-43 when the schools met on December 11 in West Jefferson, while the boys dropped a 38-36 heart-breaker to the Huskies.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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