The Lady Elks basketball team earned its first win in four games on Friday night. The Elks met up with their Battle of the Bridge opponents, the Starmount Rams, in front of a packed crowd. The Elks came out firing as they scored double digits in every period and came away with a 58-39 win over the Rams.
Kylie Thomas was the Elks saving grace and she put up an explosive performance with 23 points. Thomas helped get things going as she served up an assist to Laken Brown who scored the first basket of the game with a lay-up. Starmount answered back two minutes later as Chloe Ford was fouled and made one of her free throws. The Rams stole the momentum from the Elks as Claire Maske fed the ball Ford who put up a three point shot to give Starmount a 4-2 lead. The Rams lead didn’t last long, as the Elks went on an eight point run with baskets by Chloe Osbourne, Corrin Shores, and Thomas. Ford was the only Ram to score until Skylar Martin was sent to the free throw line where she made one of her shots. The Elks kept up their momentum as it scored several more points to end the first period with a 16-5 lead over the Rams.
The Elks were able to score eight points before Starmount scored its first points of the second period. Starmount looked to be catching up to the Elks, but Thomas made sure to keep the game out of the Rams’ reach as she came away with several points. At halftime Elkin had a hearty 31-17 lead over Starmount.
The final two quarters saw Elkin take firm control of the game as it scored 27 points compared to Starmount’s 22. The Rams made several substitutions to try and throw off the Elks game plan, but the Elks kept things swayed in its favor until the final period was over. Elkin earned another conference win over Starmount with a 58-39 victory.
Several Elkin players ended their night with a few baskets; Corrin Shores ended her night with eight points, while Catie Beth Brown and Regan Parks each had six points. Chloe Osbourne came away with five points, Laken Brown and Samantha Kozart each had four points, and Bayle Wood had two points. The Lady Elks win takes the team to 7-9 overall and 4-4 in the MVAC. They will face off against Wilkes Central on Monday night at home.
For Starmount, Martin and Ford each had 10 points while Maggie Freed had six, Cartwright scored five, Pozo had four, Byrd had three, and Molly Maske had one. The Rams move to 2-15 overall and 0-8 in the MVAC, they will match up against Ashe County on Tuesday night in Boonville.