WEST JEFFERSON — Another season of basketball in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference concluded Friday night in Ashe County with the conclusion of the MVAC tournament for the girls and boys.
In the end, it was Starmount defeating Ashe County 69-48 to win the boys tournament, and North Wilkes defeating Elkin 60-40 in the girls tournament.
For years, if the Elkin girls basketball team was at the final game of the tournament, they were in the crowd cheering another team on. Head Coach Derek Carter made it a goal at the start of the season to change that, and they did.
Unfortunately for the Lady Elks, they couldn’t find the stroke they needed as they fell to 2A North Wilkes 60-40 in the championship game.
The third time was the charm for North Wilkes, who had lost both regular season games to Elkin by a combined nine points. Despite leading 14-9 after the first, the Lady Elks were held to single digits over the next two quarters. During that time, the Vikings went on both a 6-0 run and 9-0 run to pull away for good.
“North, they did a good job tonight. I thought they played really well after they got going, and you can’t dig a hole against a team like that,” Carter said.
The two teams shared the regular season conference championship, and are both poised to make deep runs in the playoffs in their own classes. Elkin earned a No. 4 seed in the West and will host No. 29 Chatham Charter Tuesday night.
“This is what you play for. We’ve got some goals set, and it’s to be playing ball for a few more weeks,” Carter said.
Elkin 70 – Wilkes Central 53 , North Wilkes **44 – East Wilkes 24
Third place settled by coin flip — Wilkes Central
GIRLS OPENING ROUND
Elkin 59 – West Wilkes 27 , East Wilkes 51 – Alleghany 39 , North Wilkes ** 70 – Starmount 29 , Wilkes Central 47 – Ashe County 31
** — Tournament Winner
Starmount defeated Ashe County in the finals. For a recap of that game, see today’s article.
Starmount ** 47 – Alleghany 33 , Ashe County 75 – West Wilkes 58
BOYS OPENING ROUND
Starmount ** 45 – Elkin 24, Ashe County 93 – East Wilkes 75 , Alleghany 51 – Wilkes Central 47 , West Wilkes 60 – North Wilkes 49
** — Tournament Winner
Ryan DeCosta would like to thank the players, coaches, and fans of Starmount, Elkin, and East Wilkes for making his experience at The Tribune fun. He can be reached via Twitter @rsdecosta.