Walters powers Lady Rams to Battle of the Bridge victory
by Matthew Gorry
BOONVILLE - Guilford College-bound Heaven Walters powered the Lady Rams to a wild, come-from-behind victory over cross-town rival Elkin in the Battle of the Bridge Tuesday night.
Walters scored 22 points on the night - including all 11 points in overtime - as Starmount battled past the Elks for the thrilling 54-50 win.
Elkin, coming off its first victory of the season over Alleghany, came out on fire. The Elks grabbed an 8-6 lead at the end of one, using an outside game.
Bethany Turner drilled Elkin’s second trey of the second quarter to start an 11-4 burst as the Elks took a 22-16 edge into the locker room.
After Carrie Brown grabbed two offensive rebounds and laid it back up, Elkin pushed its lead out to 29-20 midway through the third. But the Rams fought back, ending the third on a 10-4 run to cut the lead down to three at 33-30.
The Elks responded and extended its advantage out to six at 40-34 on a Courtney Beals three-point play with 6:24 left in the fourth. The Rams battled back once again, completing the comeback on two free throws by Mackenzie Hutchens, drawing even at 41-41.
Brown banked a runner of glass to give Elkin a 43-41 lead before Walters sank a pair from the charity stripe to send the game to an extra session tied at 43-all.
In overtime, Walters scored all 11 points in the frame to carry the Rams to the thrilling 54-40 victory.
Darion Dobson added 12 points for Starmount, while Miracle Walters finished with seven. Morgan Randleman tacked on six points. Courtney Beals recorded a team-high 20 points to lead Elkin, while Brown added 16. Makayla Dimmette pitched in with eight points.
Starmount and Elkin return to action tonight with the Rams welcoming Wilkes Central to town and the Elks hosting rival East Wilkes.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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