Guard Bethany Montgomery didn’t come close to hoisting a goofy, spinning, throw-from-behind her head shot in Wilson High’s West Central District III girls’ basketball opener against Auburn Mountainview.
The last time she tried that – in Thursday’s practice – a fuming coach Michelle Birge almost kicked her out.
“I like to goof around with coach a lot and when I do, I don’t think it’s serious,” Montgomery said. “But she got really mad and I was just like, ‘Oh.'”
Birge believes that the fourth-ranked Rams can continue to play as well as they did in a 75-35 victory against Auburn Mountainview on Friday night at Clover Park that gave them an automatic ticket to the regional tournament if they just play with focus and discipline.
It’s hard to argue with her when you look at the domination Wilson has exhibited since its loss to No. 2 Cleveland on Jan. 21. The Rams have won seven games in a row by a combined score of 518- 156 – an average of 74-22.
The Rams clearly got Birge’s message from practice, because they came out against Auburn Mountainview as disciplined as a team could be. They jumped out to a 23-7 first quarter advantage, then adjusted to the Lions’ zone and caught fire from beyond the arch in the second quarter to take a 49-18 lead into the half.