BERRYVILLE - Strasburg struggled to shoot the ball in the second and third periods and couldn't recover on Tuesday night.

The Rams made only four field goals combined in the two periods in a 51-44 Bull Run District loss to Clarke County.

"Obviously, we struggled offensively tonight," Strasburg coach Larry Fox said. "We couldn't score the ball. We had a lot of trouble trying to score the ball tonight. Really any basketball game like that if you're having trouble scoring you're not going to win many games. And that was absolutely us tonight."

The Rams started off strong in the first period. They used an 18-6 run to take an 18-10 lead after one quarter.

Strasburg junior point guard Dylan Hamrick had eight of his game-high 20 points in the period. The Rams shot 38.8 percent (7-for-18) in the quarter.

Clarke County 6-foot-4 forward Volkan Egren, one of the Eagles' top scorers, did not play in the opening quarter and at times the Rams were able to take advantage.

Egren entered the game early in the second period and the Eagles slowly began to seize the momentum.

Egren had four points during an 8-2 run by the Eagles to cut Strasburg's lead to 22-20 with 2:29 left in the first half.

"It was one of those nights where shots just weren't falling for us," Hamrick said. "And there was a lot of mental lapses defensively and offensively. We need to pick up the pace of the way we need to play the game. And if we play like we did tonight, we're not going to get to where we want to get to. So we just got to keep going to practice each and every day looking to get better."

Strasburg's Da'Neil Holliday scored inside the paint with 2:11 left in the first half. It would be Strasburg's only basket over a span of 13:33 of game time. During the span, the Rams missed 19 of 20 shots.

Fox said he would have to look at the film but he's sure that some of the shots were bad shots and some were good shots that they just simply missed.

The Eagles (6-7, 1-1 Bull Run) took advantage of Strasburg's shooting woes and built a 34-26 lead, led by seven third-period points from Egren.

Holliday closed the third period out with two baskets to cut the Eagles lead to 36-30.

Egren scored inside the paint to start the fourth period, but Hamrick hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 38-33 with 6:53 remaining.

The Eagles stretched the lead to nine points, but the Rams fought back with a 7-2 run to trim the deficit to 44-40 with two minutes left.

"It's a group of kids that are never going to give up," Fox said. "We're always going to have an opportunity to win games. So absolutely seeing the kids fight and play to the buzzer was a positive for us."

Clarke County's Egren and Daniel Jones scored back-to-back baskets to stretch the lead to 48-40 with 46 seconds left and the Rams would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.

It was only Hamrick's fifth game back after missing the start of the season due to a broken collarbone. He said he feels more comfortable with each game.

"My teammates are doing a great job just getting me back into the flow of the game," he said. "And letting me adjust to how they play and them getting used to how I play. But it will all play out in the end."

Egren led the Eagles with 17 points. Strasburg's Stephen Kloosterman had 5 points and 13 rebounds and Holliday had 6 points and 11 rebounds.

The Rams (7-5, 1-1 Bull Run) were coming off two good wins and Hamrick said that Tuesday's loss may be a good wake-up call for the squad.

"I guess this will kind of humble us a little bit," he said. "And we need to come back with all of the other district games and just play hard. This shows you anything can happen - either team can win. That's why you play the game."

Contact Tommy Keeler Jr. at tkeeler@nvdaily.com