The William Byrd boys basketball team was back on the court Tuesday after a week and a half hiatus due to snow and the Terriers picked up a big win. Byrd beat neighboring Staunton River, 62-51, in a Blue Ridge District game in Vinton.
“Staunton River came out in a 2-3 zone look which we kind of expected them to do based on what we had been seeing and how certain teams have played us this year,” said Byrd coach Brad Greenway. “They really lifted their zone to take away shooters and basically dared us to play inside, which we struggled with for a while but were able to get it going enough to get a ‘W’ against a hot shooting team.”
Byrd led 27-19 at the half and outscored River in every quarter, although the Eagles managed to cut the lead to just two points in the fourth quarter before the Terriers finished strong.
“Staunton River made the game closer than we’d have liked,” said Greenway. “They hit five threes in the fourth quarter alone. Just everything they put up went in. Our guys stayed the course and we did a good job hitting free throws down the stretch to finish them off.”
Trevor Ruble finished with 22 points to lead Byrd while Ross Divers had 11. Three Terriers had six each, Isaiah Board, Grayson Webb and Jaiden Childress.
“It wasn’t always pretty but at the end of the day that doesn’t matter,” said Greenway. “After 11 days off without playing a game we were able to come out and get a W. We will take it all day.”
Now 6-10, Byrd is back home Friday to host Franklin County.