For the second time in two nights Wilkes Central and Elkin battled to the wire in women’s high school basketball at N.H. Carpenter Gymnasium.
And on both nights the team leading late had to hold on to secure a win.
But Tuesday night it was Wilkes Central making enough plays to walk away with a 49-46 victory. The Eagles advanced to a Mountain Valley Conference semifinal game at North Wilkes Thursday.
The Eagles had opportunities to seal it and the Lady Elks had opportunities to win it, but in the end the Eagles pulled down just enough rebounds and caused just enough turnovers to survive.
“All year long we’ve been on both sides,” Central Coach Scott Waugh said. “We’ve won some close games and we’ve lost some close games.”
Wilkes Central led 46-40 with 3:16 to play, but Elkin rallied behind a layup by Makayla Dimmette and an inside basket from Miracle Walters on a bullet pass from Courtney Beals to pull within two with 2:04 to play.
Elkin Coach Derek Carter said he told his team they were “going to get some opportunities” to win the game late. “We did,” he said. “We just didn’t finish the deal.
“In a tight game, a play here and a play here will decide the game.”
The Eagles. committing six of their 13 turnovers, gave the Lady Elks chances in the fourth quarter. After committing just 10 turnovers in the first three quarters, the Lady Elks committed six themselves in the final quarter - including two in the final minute.
Overall, Carter said his team “took some steps forward the last two nights. They are starting to believe a little bit.”
The Lady Elks held off the Eagles to take a 46-44 win Monday night. Carter said playing the same team two nights in a row didn’t have anything to do with the result Tuesday. “I think both teams might have played better,” Carter said of the Tuesday contest.
The game featured five lead changes with neither team leading by more than seven. The Lady Elks led by seven, 18-7, as Madeline Carter hit a 3 with 1:03 to play in the first quarter. The Eagles led 38-31 with 2:24 to play in the third after Amber Godfrey sank three free throws after being fouled on 3-point attempt.
Godfrey, with 10 of her points coming from the free-throw line, led the Eagles with 19 points. Kylie Thomas, doing most of her damage on cuts to the basket, scored 14 to lead Elkin.
The Lady Elks will now await the pairings for the state tournament which begins Monday. The pairings will be announced Saturday.
Wilkes Central (15-10): Taylor Mastin 2-0-4, Amber Godfrey 3-10-19, Laken Blackburn 4-0-8, Hannah Williams 3-0-6, Kailey McNeil 0-3-3, Caitlin Kilby 2-3-9. Totals: 14-FG 16-28 49.
Elkin (12-13):Morgan Randleman 1-2-4, Makayla Dimmette 1-2-4, Miracle Walters 3-2-8, Madeline Carter 1-3-6, Bethany Turner 2-0-5, Courtney Beals 1-1-3, Kylie Thomas 7-0-14, Carrie Brown 1-0-2. Totals: 17-FG 10-16 46.
WC 14 11 13 11 - 49
E 18 8 11 9 - 46
3-Pt FG: WC 5 (Godfrey 3, Kilby 2); E 2 (Carter, Turner). Total Fouls: WC 15, E 23. Fouled Out: Beals (E). Technicals: None. Officials: Crosby, Gadby, Holt.