It was a final score that was fit for a football game: 49-7. But this was not a battle on the gridiron. Instead, it was the first game of the season on the hardwood for the Elkton girls team last Thursday against Reedsport.
From the start, it was all Elks all the time and at the end of the first quarter the Elks were up 21-0 and had held Reedsport to just three shots. The Braves finished the game shooting two-of-twenty from the field.
“We had good effort, people were going to the right places. We executed what we wanted to do and we also saw some things we need to work on which is what you want to see in that first game,” said Elkton head coach Rob Parker.
Elkton’s dominance, that saw Reedsport go scoreless for two quarters, came in the form of their stifling full-court press and their rebounding advantage. The Elks created 37 Reedsport turnovers and outrebounded the Braves 37-16.
Reedsport attempted to press the Elks but Elkton was just a pass away from breaking the press and having an advantage on the offensive end. This helped lead to 16 points for Hannah Maxwell and 12 points added in from Keryn Carnes.
“They came out and we took them out of their press. I don’t think they knew what they were doing,” said Parker.
In the second half Elkton grew more patient on offense as they looked to find the best scoring option.
“That’s what we talked about at halftime, slow it down, let’s work the ball, let’s get better shots. We didn’t need threes, we didn’t need a lot of outside shots. We wanted to work for lay-ins,” said Parker. The Elks took just one three all game.
Elkton continued their winning ways on Thursday as they defeated Riddle 64-31. Maxwell led the team with 24 points.