Tournament sees Elkin place fourth, Rams seventh

By Kristian Russell -
Audrey Jennings had 21 points for the Lady Elks. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune

BOONVILLE — On the girl’s side of the 2017 Cook’s Holiday Classic Tournament, Elkin placed fourth after fighting hard against North Stokes, and Starmount placed seventh with a win over Salem. East Wilkes also participated in the tournament. The Lady Cardinals took a loss to Surry Central in the opening round, then took a win over Starmount in the second round, before taking a 64-33 win over South Stokes to place fifth.

Vikings down Lady Elks

In the opening quarter of the Lady Elks game against North Stokes, it was a low-scoring event. Chloe Osborne and Audrey Jennings put in a three-point basket a piece, while Osborne also knocked in a two-pointer to start things off on the right foot for Elkin. North Stokes was able to put up seven points of its own to make the score 8-7. 

As things continued in the second quarter, Elkin started to fight for every ball. Kyley Cook knocked in a two-point shot to give Elkin a 10-8 lead, then North Stokes put up a shot to tie the game 10-10. Elkin took the lead again as Osborne drove down the court and made a three-point shot for a 13-10 lead. Jennings followed up Osborne’s shot with a three-pointer of her own to extend Elkin’s lead to six points. North Stokes started to make a comeback, but the Lady Elks were able to hold the Vikings off. Casey Matthews and Cook finished out the second quarter by putting the game in Elkin’s hand 21-18 at halftime.

Coming out of the gate in the third, North Stokes was able to make the most of the break. Both teams went back and forth until the buzzer sounded. Elkin put up 13 points, while North Stokes put up 16 points to tie the game 34-34 at the end of the third.

The final quarter saw North Stokes hold Elkin to 12 points, while the Vikings put up 16 points. It came down to the wire as Jennings made a two-point shot for 50-43 game, then she made a three-pointer for a 50-46 game. It was the last shot the Lady Elks made as North Stokes took a 50-46 win.

Elkin stats:

Jennings – 21 points and 3 rebounds

Osborne – 13 points and 6 rebounds

Cook – 6 points and 4 rebounds

Matthews – 4 points and 1 rebound

C. Flores – 2 points and 4 rebounds

Edwards – 6 rebounds

A. Flores – 2 rebounds

Starmount takes seventh place over Salem

The Lady Rams finished off the Cook’s Tournament by taking a 65-57 win over Salem Baptist Christian. The win gave Starmount seventh place in the tournament.

Salem Baptist had an 11-7 lead over Starmount at the end of the first, but the second quarter things took a turn. Salem put up several points to take a 17-10 lead, but Starmount made its comeback with less than three minutes to play. Chloe Ford was back on the court for the Lady Rams and she put up shot after shot as she put Starmount back in the game. Ford put up three two-point shots to make the score 17-16.

Taylor Wood was fouled and made her free throw, which tied the game 17-17. From there, both teams went into the see-saw battle as momentum changed hands as quick as the seconds ticked by. Salem put up a three-pointer, then Ford put up a three-pointer for a 20-20 game. Ford kept putting up shots as she put up another three baskets in a row to tie the game 26-26 at the end of the second quarter.

In the final two quarters, the game had a back-and-forth momentum until Starmount was able to take the lead and hang on to it. The Lady Rams put up a 65-57 win to take seventh place in the tournament.

Starmount stats:

Ford – 26 points and 12 rebounds

Martin – 10 points and 3 rebounds

Manns – 8 points and 8 rebounds

Wood – 5 points and 7 rebounds

Freed – 5 points and 2 rebounds

Pozo – 2 points and 1 rebound

Audrey Jennings had 21 points for the Lady Elks. Jennings had 21 points for the Lady Elks. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell