Sports preview: The week ahead for Elkin, East Wilkes, Starmount

By Ryan DeCosta -

Round two of the Battle of the Bridge is Friday night, and that’s just the beginning of an exciting week for sports.

Starmount hosts Elkin Friday night in basketball for both the boys and girls, and with them being rivalry games, anything is possible. The Starmount girls (2-13, 1-5 MVAC) haven’t been great this year, but since getting the monkey off their back with a win over North Forsyth over the holiday break, they’ve looked rejuvenated at times, and have been competitive with just about anyone. As the team has grown over the course of the year, fans in Boonville should be optimistic that the future for their program is bright.

Standing in their way is Elkin (14-1, 5-1 MVAC). The girls have been impressive all season long, and were a desperation shot away from being 15-0 on the season. However, in a crazy game against East Wilkes last Friday night, a shot by Chelsea Edwards went in to tie things up at the end of regulation, and the Cardinals went on to win in overtime. With the win, the Cardinals (8-4, 6-0 MVAC) took sole possession of first place in the MVAC. The Lady Elks now are looking to rebound and keep pace with the Cardinals and the North Wilkes Vikings.

Appropriately, the Cardinals and Vikings squared off Tuesday night, with the potential of a three-way tie between Elkin, North Wilkes and East Wilkes. Those results were pending at press time, as were Elkin’s game vs. Wilkes Central, and Starmount’s game against Alleghany.

East Wilkes closes out its week on the road against West Wilkes (4-11, 1-5 MVAC).

On the boys’ side, the opponents are the same, but the stakes are certainly different. Starmount has won five straight, narrowly escaping defeat in a defensive battle against North Wilkes last Friday. The Rams (7-8, 5-1 MVAC) have a tough match against Alleghany Tuesday night before their headliner against Elkin Friday night. The Buckin’ Elks (1-14, 0-6 MVAC) are still in search of their first conference win this year after falling to East Wilkes last Friday. Turnovers will be the key for the team. They’ve given the ball away too many times to stay in games, but when they control the ball, they can be tough to beat. They demonstrated just that with a win against South Iredell earlier this month.

East Wilkes (3-10, 1-5 MVAC) hasn’t gotten off to the start it would have liked to this year, but it’s making progress and took a leap forward with a win against Elkin last Friday. The Cardinals took on North Wilkes (9-7, 4-2 MVAC) Tuesday night, and have a makeup game Wednesday night against Atkins. That game was supposed to take place back in November, but thanks to the phenomenal run by the football team, the game was moved to a later date. Many members of the football team are on the basketball team, so there’s still time for the players to work their magic on the court and grab some wins. They close out the week on the road against West Wilkes (5-10, 3-3 MVAC)

Note: All scores and records are as of Jan. 18.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

By Ryan DeCosta

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