Just two games into the season, the Elkin Lady Elks have had no shortage of success, and continued to build momentum with a win on Monday night.
Behind a dominant defense in the first quarter, the Lady Elks were able to pull ahead to a 22-6 lead in the first eight minutes, and built off of that for a 56-27 win over West Stokes. Holding West Stokes to single digits every quarter, the Lady Elks forced 28 steals creating pressure through the press defense.
“We had a lot more energy than last week, we were more aggressive,” Elkin Head Coach Derek Carter said. “We had 17 deflections when we didn’t steal, so that means that we’re very active with our hands, and I’ve been harping on them to do that.”
Senior Morgan Randleman led the way in steals with 7, and finished with 6 points. Senior Miracle Walters shot the 3-pointer well early, finishing with 16 points, while junior Kylie Thomas was strong along the lane lines, finding her way to the basket for 12 points.
“We were really intense, we just really wanted to start the game right,” Walters said.
While it’s good to start the season 2-0, they’re constantly looking for ways to improve to get into midseason form.
“I think they got more rebounds than they should have,” Randleman said. “[We can’t get cocky], because not all of the teams are like this. We have stronger teams to play against.”
“We’ve got to work on some of the shooting, but it’s early. That’s what these non-conference games are for, to see where you’re at and move on to the next one,” Carter said.
Following Monday’s win, Elkin traveled to North Stokes Tuesday night for the second match-up between the two teams on the season. Elkin defeated North Stokes 52-30 on Nov. 20, but their result from Tuesday was not available at press time. Following Tuesday night, Elkin’s next two games are away, with their next game being at South Iredell Friday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.