ROSMAN - Elkin took host Rosman down to the wire before falling 44-40 in a 1A West playoff Wednesday night.
“All in all, the kids played hard,” Elkin Coach Derek Carter said. “It was back and forth the whole way. We played well on defense. We just couldn’t execute like we needed on offense.
“Defensively, I was definitely pleased.”
The Lady Elks had the ball twice in the final minute down 41-40, but could not get the go-ahead basket. “We didn’t finish really,” Carter said. “You have those nights.”
Selina Hoxit and Rachel Owen led the Tigers with 13 points each.
Elkin’s Kylie Thomas led all scorers with 14 points. Carrie Brown added 10; Miracle Walters eight; Madeline Carter four; and MaKayla Dimmette and Kenley Burchette two.
Rosman led 12-10 after the first quarter, but Elkin led 28-26 at the half. Rosman took a 38-34 lead into the final quarter.
Carter said the atmosphere at Rosman was great. “The crowd was loud,” he said. “A fun environment to play in.”
It was the last game for seniors Kaitlin Faw, Bethany Turner, and Courtney Beals. “I told them tonight,” Carter said, “that is is the year we turned it around. Those seniors have been with me my whole career. I told them, ‘You’ve been through the tough times.
“It’s bittersweet, but it’ll get sweeter as we look back on it.”
Elkin, the No. 13 seed, finishes the season at 13-14. They were 2-22 a year ago.
Rosman, the No. 12 seed, improves to 17-9.