Starmount picks up first conference win of season over Elkin


By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com



Jaylen Mayes had two points and five rebounds for the Buckin’ Elks.


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Griffin Cass (5) had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Starmount on Tuesday night.


Kristian Russell | The Tribune

BOONVILLE — With the start of Mountain Valley Athletic Conference basketball games underway, the Starmount Rams hosted the Elkin Buckin’ Elks on Tuesday night in Boonville.

Starmount had a clean sweep over Elkin as the JV boy’s, JV girl’s, varsity girl’s and varsity boy’s teams earned a win. The Starmount boy’s basketball team was able to cap off an orange and blue dominated night with a 52-37 win over Elkin.

“We played sloppy and rushed tonight,” said Starmount Head Coach Rocky Horton. “We did things at different times really well, but then there were stretches where we just played sloppy defensively and offensively. We were out of rhythm.”

To start things off in the first quarter, Elkin had several blocks in the span of two minutes. Tevin Harris had two blocks, and Austin Longworth had another block to keep the score 0-0. As time went on, Elkin broke the drought as Harris put up one point off of a free throw.

“Once the ball tips I don’t think (the rivalry with Elkin) is in the guy’s heads anymore,” said Horton. “Elkin, defensively, was scrappy and physical. They probably had eight or nine blocks and we just kind of fell into that rut.”

Starmount put the blocks out of its head for four minutes as the Rams put up six points. Charlie Smythers was able to make his way to the basket to give Starmount a 2-1 lead. Smythers’ shot was followed up by a two-point basket by Ethan Barnes, and a two-point basket by Trey Dezern, which gave Starmount a 6-1 lead. Elkin was able to to stop the Starmount scoring run as Harris put in another basket.

It didn’t take long for the Rams to pick up where they left off, as Smythers put in two more baskets for a 10-3 Starmount lead. As time was running down, Longworth gave Elkin its last shot of the first quarter. Starmount answered back with several more shots by X-Savior Johnson, Tavis Bridges and Brendon Eads to make the score 18-5 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Elkin and Starmount both put up 13 points each. Both teams went shot for shot and the Buckin’ Elks tried to climb their way out of the hole. Griffin Cass started to turn things on in the second quarter as he became one of the main play-makers for the Rams. At one point in the second quarter, Cass made his way down the court and put up a behind the back pass to Eads who put up a lay-up.

“Another thing about tonight was the leadership from Griffin. I thought he did a great job of rebounding, and driving to the basket,” said Horton. “Trey had 12 rebounds tonight. They were big rebounds. That’s something we are preaching a lot of right now. Defense, rebounds, and transitions.”

At halftime Elkin had managed to close the gap a little bit, but Starmount still had a 31-18 lead. The third quarter saw Elkin and Starmount once again score 13 points each, and the Rams held on to a 44-31 lead. In the final quarter, Elkin tried to make a comeback but the Rams were able to outscore the Buckin’ Elks 8-6 to take a 52-37 win.

“I still think we have a lot of things to improve on,” said Horton. “Our first three games we played well, I just think tonight we got a little sloppy with it.”

Starmount moves to 3-1 overall, and 1-0 in the MVAC. Elkin moves to 0-6 overall, and 0-3 in the MVAC.

Elkin Stats:

S. Price – 9 points and 1 rebound

B. Burgess – 9 points and 5 rebounds

A. Longworth – 6 points and 8 rebounds

T. Sturdivant – 3 points and 2 rebounds

T. Harris – 3 points and 3 rebounds

B. Loredo – 2 points and 1 rebound

J. Mayes – 2 points and 5 rebounds

M. Renegar – 2 points and 1 rebound

J. Gallion – 1 point and 1 rebound

Starmount Stats:

C. Smythers – 12 points and 6 rebounds

G. Cass – 11 points and 3 rebounds

E. Wiles – 9 points and 1 rebound

B. Eads – 5 points and 1 rebound

X. Johnson – 4 points and 2 rebounds

T. Dezern – 4 points and 12 rebound

E. Barnes – 4 points and 5 rebounds

T. Bridges – 3 points and 2 rebounds

Jaylen Mayes had two points and five rebounds for the Buckin’ Elks.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_DSC_1449-copy.jpgJaylen Mayes had two points and five rebounds for the Buckin’ Elks. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Griffin Cass (5) had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Starmount on Tuesday night.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_DSC_0015-copy.jpgGriffin Cass (5) had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Starmount on Tuesday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

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