Starpoint girls basketball team back to winning ways
Monday February 18, 2013 | By:Mike Pidanick, Metro Source | Sports
A mid-season slump seems to be a thing of the past for the young Starpoint High School girls basketball team.
Now that they’re on a roll, the Spartans are hoping to prove to be a dangerous team in the playoffs.
“We keep trying to climb higher and higher and if we continue the way we’re playing right now, I think playoffs are going to look really good for us,” Starpoint coach Megan Rumschik said.
After an impressive 5-1 start to the season, which included a championship at the Roy-Hart Tip-off tournament, the Spartans cooled off.
They lost five of seven to fall back in the ECIC-II race, but have since rolled off three straight victories to get on track again.
“We hit a little bit of a rough patch,” Rumschik said. “Right in the middle of the season, sometimes it’s hard for teams to get over that hump. But we definitely have gotten over it.”
And with a young roster, the best seems yet to come, not only this season for coming years as well. Starpoint’s leading scorer is a freshman and its 13-player roster consists of just three seniors.
In fact, the team leader in all the major statistical categories is an underclassman.
“Young team, but a very athletic team,” Rumschik said. “The big thing is, you can tell the girls really like being here. That’s all you can ask for.”
Ninth-grader Erica Bradley leads Starpoint in scoring (13 points per game), rebounds (10 per contest) and blocks (14 for the season).
“We’re working hard every day,” Bradley said. “We keep improving ourselves and pushing each other to get better.”
Also for Starpoint, guard Liz Wilson, who serves as a tri-captain, along with fellow seniors MacKenzie Britton and Erika Longwell, are contributing about eight points per game.
Sophomore guard Jenna Faulkner is scoring 7.7 points per game to go with her team-best 84 assists and 39 steals on the season.
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