ELKIN - The young Lady Elks took a big step towards their first victory of the season Tuesday night.
Elkin, which held its first halftime lead of the season at 23-21 in the game, ran out of gas in the second half against North Wilkes Tuesday in the Mountain Valley Conference opener for both teams.
“We played a really good first half - I’ve been waiting for that,” head coach Derek Carter said. “In the second half, their press hurt us and got us out of whack. We still played hard, I’m tickled. I’ve been waiting for them to just play.”
Coming off a brutual non-conference schedule, the Lady Elks came out strong and tied the game at 10-10 with a Carrie Brown fast break layup late in the first quarter.
Madison Durham nailed a three to open the second, bringing Elkin even at 14-14. The Elks outscored North 12-9 in the quarter, including scoring the final three points to take the two-point lead into the break.
“We’ve seen little pieces of that, I haven’t seen that in a whole quarter before. But then to put a whole half together like that, I’m definitely tickled,” Carter added.
The Vikings, which scored 120 points against Challenger last week, showed some flashes of that explosion in the third quarter, scoring 18 points in the frame to take an eight-point advantage to the fourth.
North clamped down on the Elks defensively, holding them to just three points in the final quarter to seal the 55-34 conference victory.
“I want them to be consistent and just play. Coming out of the non-conference schedule, we’ve played some really good teams, so hopefully that’ll pay off for us in the long run. I’ve told the girls to keep their heads up and keep playing hard, and they did.”
Courtney Beals led the Elks offensively with nine points, but left the game in the second half with an ankle injury.
“I’m a little worried about Courtney. She has a bad back already so she’s been compensating and tonight she did something to her ankle,” Carter said.
Brown added nine points on the night, while Bethany Turner and Durham tacked on six and five points, respectively.
The Lady Elks fell 52-29 to South Stokes Wednesday night.
Elkin returns to the floor tonight still searching for its first victory against Alleghany.
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