Friday night’s showdown in Elkin is promising to be a great one, featuring two unbeaten teams. For the Elkin Lady Elks to get there, they had to show some depth in Wednesday night’s contest.
They did just that with a 44-28 win over South Iredell at home. Down midway through the third and with their point guard in foul trouble, the Lady Elks were unfazed as players came off of the bench and put points on the board.
“We were just passing and cutting, and then we started moving, and all of a sudden we had a new energy level,” Elkin Head Coach Derek Carter said. “Our shooting percentage overall was awful, but for a period of time, it was like 90 percent.”
That period of time was the perfect time for the Lady Elks (13-0, 4-0 MVAC), just before the end of the third quarter. South Iredell had pulled ahead to a 17-13 lead, but thanks to junior Cameron Beals tying it up at 19, and senior Cassidy Cook’s 3-pointer to put Elkin back up by 3.
“That’s what’s made this team fun. It’s always a different group that gets it going. Morgan was in foul trouble tonight and normally Morgan’s running the show,” Carter said.
The momentum that Elkin had closing out the third carried over to the fourth, with junior Kylie Thomas coming up big with 14 points in the final stanza, finishing with 15 total. Senior Miracle Walters had 13 points, and rest assured, many eyes will be on her come Friday night.
Walters came into Wednesday night with 976 career points, and she came out of the night just 11 shy of joining the 1,000-point club. Fans didn’t know whether Wednesday night would be the night she’d reach that milestone, and while she didn’t, she led the team in assists for the night. Carter said that’s a great sign of who she is as a player.
“She’s very unselfish, so if she gets it, I’ll be very pleased because it’s been a team effort for the last three years,” Carter said.
That potential for a milestone only adds to the storyline for Friday night’s game. North Wilkes comes into town also undefeated (12-0, 3-0 MVAC) with a lot of intensity that will almost certainly make the game come down to the wire. Both teams have a great senior class, so it’s likely that there will be some recruiters giving this game a closer look. That game is scheduled to start roughly at 6:30 p.m. in Elkin.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.