Strasburg looking to reach big heights this season

Christyan Reid

STRASBURG — Strasburg’s girls basketball team is hoping to reach heights it hasn’t been to in a while. To get there the Rams will need to rely on their height.

Strasburg has three players 6-foot-2 or taller, all of whom can make a big impact for the team this year.

Christyan Reid, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, said that it’s a nice advantage to have so many tall players on the same team.

“Having two 6-2 girls and a 6-4 girl, it’s easy to just pass it to each other,” Reid said. “I think we’re one of the tallest teams in the state.”

Reid along with 6-foot-2 junior Daniella Henry and 6-foot-2 sophomore Jaden Alsberry, should pose problems for teams this season.

Natalie Hott

However, the season didn’t start out the way the Rams hoped it would on Tuesday. Strasburg fell to Page County, 57-41, in the season opener at Strasburg.

The Rams struggled shooting the ball, and when Reid got into foul trouble the Panthers were able to start to pull away.

“I thought early on we got Christyan (Reid) involved,” Strasburg coach Darin Jenkins said. “I thought she was sort of setting the tone, and obviously she got in foul trouble so that hurt us. And then I think they did what any team would do. When they realized we couldn’t shoot the ball very well they packed in and made sure our bigs didn’t get it. So I think that was sort of the story of the game.”

Reid finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Rams.

Jenkins said he wants his team to practice with more intensity, so it will be better prepared for the intensity level in a game.

One real bright spot for the Rams in the loss was the play of freshman Natalie Hott. She scored 10 points off the bench in the fourth quarter for the Rams.

“She had 10 quick points,” Jenkins said. “And I was telling the girls at the end of the game that’s not always the easiest thing to do, is to sit there and watch the whole game, and not really be warmed up and come in and hit shots like she did. That was encouraging.”

The Rams have a very young squad with just two seniors, Camerin Alsberry and Hannah Alexander. They have two juniors in Henry and Debra Dillman. The rest of the team is composed of freshmen and sophomores.

“I think we got some young girls that can play,” Jenkins said. “I think as the year goes on we’re going to have a team that we’ll play all 12 and try to play a little quicker and get everyone involved. It’s just getting those young girls some experience at this level.”

Strasburg plays at Stonewall Jackson on Friday.

The Rams had nine different players score in the loss to Page County.

Jenkins said it may take a little time, but he’s excited about his team this year.

“I think we have some pieces to the puzzle,” Jenkins said. “We just got to put the puzzle together.”