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From baseline to baseline, the Goulds are integral cogs in the Drifter framework of talent.
Currently both Drifters varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball teams are having a stellar 2012-2013 season. Both teams are in position to win the Northern Neck District, which will mark a milestone in the Drifter sports program. While both teams are benefit from a pool of standout players, the most intriguing aspect of their journey to success is that the teams feature a brother and sister duo of Billie and Monte Gould. Whether it’s a game-saving basket by Monte, or a buzzer-beating rebound by Billie, fans faithful to the Drifterdome are confident that the sibling-district-standout-duo will eventually bring victory to the pride of the “Black & Gold.”
The Drifter juniors’ rise to stardom began years ago during their pre-teen years during athletic director Steve Swope’s open gym basketball events. Swope’s vision for the Drifters basketball program was to create a haven for aspiring young athletes to live out their basketball dreams on the courts of the Drifterdome.
Through commitment and the pursuit of their dream, the Gould family found their sports niche. Although they never competed against each other, they were forever vigilant as each other’s biggest fan.
Billie is the Lady Drifters’ X-factor. She is the often overlooked, unsung hero who digs down deep to get the crucial rebounds or score points while boxing out against much taller opponents. “Billie is my energizer bunny,” Drifters varsity girls head coach Keith Dickerson said. “Our defense starts with Billie, ends with Billie, and is fueled by her endurance. She is the heart and soul of our defense.”
Billie has averaged 10.8 rebounds, 6.3 points per game, 5.1 steals per game, while scoring a current total of 107 points. Most recently, Billie nearly had a double-double, as she scored 15 points, while recording nine rebounds, while leading the Drifters to a 56-33 win over Essex.
While Billie was busy competing against other girls of equal talent, Monte decided to take his game to the next level. “The people you see in the stands now are the very same people that I learned from—which made my game better,” Monte said.
Until last week, Monte was the area’s top male scorer. Presently, he is second behind Culpeper’s Nik Steward (388 points. 22.8 avg.). Not counting Tuesday’s recent game against Rappahannock, Monte has accumulated 286 points, with a 19.1 average over a course of 15 games.
Realizing he has a gem in the form of Monte, Drifter boys’ varsity head coach Jonathan Parker has faithfully stood by his talented point guard throughout his varsity basketball career. “He’s a tough kid, who handles pressure well—even though I am an intense coach, I sometimes have to get into him. He takes it at heart to become the leader for our team.”
While the Lady Drifters are hot on the heels of district first place Lancaster, their male counterparts are resting atop the division in first place. In addition, the Drifters boys are currently undefeated in the district.