In the first game between conference rivals Starmount and Elkin Tuesday night, it didn’t take long for one team to establish it was superior.
Starmount rammed the Buckin’ Elks 66-32 to move to 2-4 on the season. Following a loss last Friday night to Forbush, the Rams (2-4, 1-0 MVAC) were out for blood, and quickly blew the game out of proportion. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 20-0, and Elkin (0-8, 0-2 MVAC) would never recover.
“Coach Horton told us if we didn’t go out and win by 20 it was a loss, so we came out with the mentality that we were going to put ball pressure, and we weren’t going to let any easy baskets in,” senior Brandon Prescott said.
Prescott finished the night with 15 points, while the top scorer came from an underclassman. Sophomore Griffin Cass kept the Rams within reach in their loss to the Falcons last Friday night, and had a breakout night Tuesday with 18 points. Starmount distributed the points well, and part of that has come from senior Kyler Gregory going down with a foot injury. Since then, the team has spread the floor, and has had good results.
“I wouldn’t say it has helped, but it has made us play different,” Cass said. “We had to crash the boards harder, and different people had to step up. When he comes back they’ll be double-teaming him and he can fire it out to us and we’ll make shots.”
Up next for Starmount is a home game Friday night against Ashe County at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, on the other side of the court was Elkin, who continued its rough start to the season. Early on in the night, the team had open shots but none of them fell, and once the first quarter expired, the Buckin’ Elks looked sluggish the rest of the way.
“We weren’t physically or mentally ready as we should have been,” Elkin Head Coach Kenneth Abrams said. “[Starmount] just came to play. They beat us on both ends of the court, and when a team jumps on you from the start, and don’t look back, you’re going to have a long night, and we had a long night.”
Abrams noted expectations weren’t extremely high at the start of the season to begin with, but said he believes the team can scrap together a few wins by season’s end. They travel to red-hot West Wilkes Friday at 8 p.m.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.