Byrdsters sweep Eagles

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Tough times on the hardwoods

  A topsy-turvey season for Staunton River basketball continues to get topsier and turvier.

We'll take our hit with the language police, but there's simply no better term to describe the plight of both the men's and women's crews.

The Eagle men fell to 0-8 in the Blue Ridge (2-16 overall) when they dropped a 64-60 contest to William Byrd.  In a game that was moved to Saturday night because of Friday's snows, the Eagles made it close for the Terriers.

Credit Head Coach Brandon Harris's charges with a "never say die" attitude.

Keep in mind that Byrd is the hottest team in the Blue Ridge, riding a five-game district winning streak and poised to take the top prize.

Also keep in mind that, over the course of the Eagle's current eight-game losing streak, the closest they've come has been 13 points.

The team had every reason to throw in the towel, but they gamely gave the Byrdsters all they had.

During the playoffs, overlook the Eagles at one's peril.


Ladies of mystery

The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, might have wished their Friday contest with the Lady Terriers had been rescheduled.

The homestanding Byrdsters stunned the high-flying Eagles, taking a 39-27 win.

Terrier Maggie Self scored 23 points, causing the Eagles to do some Self-analysis.

The loss was the third straight for Staunton River and comes on the heels of a 49-34 defeat at the hands of Lord Bot.

In that game, a stout Lady Cav defense allowed not a single River player to crack double figures.

The losses officially knocked Staunton River out of the chase for a regular-season title.  With a record of 4-4, it is mathematically impossible for the Lady Eagles to catch Lord Botetourt, which stands 9-0.

Now the question is:  Where Staunton River will wind up in the final standings?  The answer to that question determines the team's playoff prospects, to a large extent.

It would be nice for the team to capture a #2 seed (and the first-round tournament bye that comes with it), but Northside, at 6-2, has a solid bead on that prize.

So, the Lady Eagles should be gunning for a #3 spot along with Alleghany.

The team headed up to face the Mountaineers on Tuesday night (after press time) in a game that should have decided who will get that #3 spot.

The Lady Eagles wrap up their regular season on Friday night, when they head to Northside.  The Lady Vikes will be seeking retribution for River's stunning early season victory over them.