It was the Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme come to life on Saturday night in Elkton as the Elks hosted Camas Valley.
The two teams of similar makeup (both coaches have described their teams as having athletes but not specifically basketball players), similar optimism (both coaches also are excited for the young players on their roster) and similar rankings (Elkton is ranked 57th in 1A while Camas Valley sits at 51st) matched up evenly in a fittingly close game that saw the Hornets edge the Elks 40-38.
“That’s kind of been our season,” said Elkton head coach Gary Trout. “We get right there and then we go back and then we get right there and then go back. Putting stuff together and getting consistent play has been a struggle for us all season.”
It was, unsurprisingly, a similar sentiment from Camas Valley head coach Chris Sexton.
“I think that’s sort of how our season has gone, too,” said Sexton, a third year coach. “I think we’re on the same page but the only difference is (Gary Trout) has done it forever. He’s a really good coach and I’m still second guessing if I’m actually doing this right.”
Tied going into the fourth quarter, it was Trystn Woody jumpstarting the scoring for the Elks in the quarter with five points to give the team a five point advantage. After a Camas Valley rally, including a pair of jumpers from the Hornets’ Justin Standley, the Elks were down three with 17 seconds to play in the game. It was Elkton’s Jaydn Woody who got open and hit a three to tie the game.
On the final possession of the game Camas Valley’s Standley was fouled going for a lay-up with .5 seconds to play. Standley hit both free throws and finished the game with six points, all of which came in the final five minutes of play.
On Friday Camas Valley lost to Riddle 68-36 on the team’s senior night. So Sexton talked to Standley, his only senior starter, about having a senior night do-over.
“That’s not a fun senior night for our team and so I felt a little bit that this was Justin’s senior night. He’s kind of my one senior,” said Sexton. “He has started every game this season for me so I was really glad for him to hit those shots and he did a great job.”
For Elkton, Trout was pleased with the team’s effort after their ninth straight league loss.
“I’m real pleased with how the kids battled because in the past… when it started to slip away we’d let it go and then the lead gets to be 10, 20. So I’m real pleased that we kept battling back,” said Trout.
To finish the season, the Elks will face New Hope Christian on Tuesday (after The Sentinel’s print deadline) and then will face North Douglas and Days Creek, two teams at the top of the league and in all of 1A.
“I want to see them battle like they did tonight. That’s all we can do and that’s all I can ask for,” said Trout. “Send our seniors off battling.”