Tuesday night basketball at Elkin High School might not have offered some close games, but it did remind sports enthusiasts who the stronger teams are.
The Elkin girls basketball team is one of them. The Lady Elks were dominant all four quarters in a 49-16 win over the Starmount Rams. Much like the Elkin boys team, the Starmount girls struggled to find rhythm and couldn’t put points on the board at the end of the first half. The reason this game was won though was simple. Elkin has talent, and it used it well for the eighth straight game.
“I think nothing you can do in practice will simulate a game,” Elkin Head Coach Derek Carter said. “Everybody got a chance to contribute, and that’s what’s been fun about this team.”
No doubt they’re having fun. Elkin (8-0, 2-0 MVAC) has found a way to win all but one of its games by double-digits so far, and have distributed the ball across the entire team. They get to travel to West Wilkes Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Starmount, on the other hand, struggled to gain any momentum from the get-go, ultimately dropping down to 0-6 on the season. Their past three opponents — Mount Airy, Forbush, and Elkin — are all strong contenders for their respective conference championships, and while the odds for all of those games were stacked against their favor, Starmount Head Coach Jeffrey Hague said it helps out the team in the long run, despite losing to those teams.
“Any time you play good teams, of course you’ve got to raise your level of play. I think tonight, with the way the game got out of hand, I don’t know how it helped, but we’ve got to continue to get better every day,” Hague said.
Getting better every day is their goal.
Friday night’s their chance to prove themselves, as they host Ashe County at 6:30 p.m. If they do win, it’ll snap their losing streak that has plagued them for years.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.