The Lady Elks came up short in their home opener on Wednesday night against East Surry. Both teams battled through two quarters, until the Cardinals were able to take a substantial lead in the third quarter. When it was all said and done, East Surry rallied to take a 65-36 win over Elkin.
In the opening quarter, both teams went shot for shot. East Surry opened up the first quarter with a two-point basket by Madison Bowman. The game was then tied by Kyley Cook as she went up for a basket to make the game 2-2. The Cardinals were able to take the lead back to make the score 6-2 after a basket by Bowman and two free throws by Bethany Clayton.
With the score 6-2, Elkin knew it had to get back into the game before the first quarter was over. With time winding down, Audrey Jennings put up a three-point basket from behind the arch to pull the Lady Elks within one. Elkin was able to hole the score at 6-5 for a few possessions, but the Cardinals turned up the heat and put in shot after shot to take a 13-5 lead. Just as the buzzer was about to sound, Chloe Osborne put in a three-point shot to score Elkin’s first basket in three minutes. East Surry then put in a two-point shot at the buzzer to make the score 15-8.
Although East Surry had a lead at the end of the first, things turned around in the second quarter for Elkin. The Lady Elks came out firing on offense, and put up man-to-man defense to take the lead going into halftime.
Elkin outscored the Cardinals 16-8 to take a 24-23 lead at the break. Out of the 16 points scored by Elkin in the second quarter, Jennings put up 11 points on her own. Osborne put up four points, and Catie Beth Brown made a free throw.
Coming out of the half East Surry put on the pressure and never looked back. The Cardinals scored 20 points and held Elkin to just eight. In the fourth quarter, the baskets kept coming for the Cardinals and they put up 22 points and held the Lady Elks to four points. At the end of the fourth, East Surry had cranked up the pressure to take a 65-36 win over Elkin.
Jennings ended her night with 14 points for Elkin, while Osborne had 10, Brown had eight, and Kyley Cook had four.
The Lady Elks are 0-2 overall at the start of the season. Elkin will be back in action on Dec. 5 with a home game against West Wilkes. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.