PILOT MOUNTAIN - Starmount dropped a double-header to powerhouse East Surry Wednesday night in its final non-conference game of the season.
Both squads fell behind early to the Cardinals before staging second-half comebacks that came up short, with the Lady Rams’ falling 74-65 and the boys losing 64-55.
In the girls game, East opened with 44 points in the first half to jump out to a big 44-24 lead at the break.
The Rams fought back after halftime, scoring 19 points in the third to cut into the lead. Starmount followed that up with 22 points in the fourth, while holding the Cardinals to 12 in the frame, but couldn’t make up the early deficit and lost by nine.
Leading the teams’ highest scoring out-put of the year was Guilford College prospect Heaven Walters, who scored a team-high 23 points. Miracle Walters added night points, while Mackenzie Hutchens finished with eight. Alisha Baity recorded seven points with Darion Dobson and Whitney Pardue tacking on six points apiece.
The story was the same in the second game of the twinbill with East opening on a big run to put the game out of reach early.
The Cards scored 26 second-quarter points to grab a comfortable 36-23 advantage heading into the locker room before seeing the Rams fight its way back in.
Starmount out-scored East in both the third and fourth quarters to cut into the lead. The Rams poured in 32 points after halftime but couldn’t climb out of the early hole, falling 64-55.
Three Rams reached double-figures on the night, led by Ben Combs’ 14 points, which included a pair of treys. James Ashley and Luke Shore finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Josh Houser added six points on the night, while Kyler Gregory and Nathan Williams tacked on four points apiece.
Starmount returns to action tonight after Friday’s ice storm with Ashe County coming to town.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.