Despite the victory, Elkton head coach Rob Parker was not pleased with his team’s execution Friday night.
“We were, I don’t know, brain dead?” said Parker after the Elks (12-8, 7-2 Skyline) defeated Camas Valley (10-10, 6-4 Skyline) 39-26 at home. “We weren’t taking advantage of what they were giving us. People weren’t going to the right spots, we just didn’t play smart basketball. I’m surprised we got the win. We just weren’t playing smart basketball.”
It was the Camas Valley defense packing it inside and giving Elkton trouble. The Hornets executed a similar style of tough defense mixed with some offense in late January when they pulled off a 21-18 upset against North Douglas. The loss is North Douglas’ only league loss of the season.
But for Elkton on Friday, when they were able to find their spots on offense – or, more aptly, when they were able to find Aspyn Luzier – the team was able to score. Luzier led the way for the Elks with 19 points including three three-pointers. After some early misses for Luzier, she knew that she just had to keep shooting.
“At the beginning of the game I wasn’t making them but it was because I was rushing them. So in the second half I started taking more time and they started going in,” said Luzier. “I just keep telling myself that I’m going to make them.”
“We were trying to get the ball to her, she was our focus,” said Parker. “They weren’t covering her really well and if they’re going to leave her open, we’re going to take advantage of that. And no one else was hitting real good.”
Luzier was the only player in the game with double figure scoring. Alexis Halstead added eight points for Elkton while Sadie Olson had six.
Leading by one after the first quarter, the Elks held the Hornets to two points in the second quarter and went to the half with an 11 point lead. Camas Valley cut their deficit to six points with under three minutes to play before Elkton finished with seven straight points to record the win.
To end the regular season, the Elks have a tough test as they close out the year with three road games. After New Hope on Tuesday (after The Sentinel’s press deadline) the team travels to Days Creek on Friday and finish with North Douglas on Saturday. The Wolves and Warriors are the only two teams that the Elks have lost to in league play this season.
“I want to win three games. That’s it, win. I don’t care if we win ugly, that’s still a win. We’ll take it any way we can get it,” said Parker.
In the final week of play North Douglas, Days Creek and Elkton are fighting for the top spot in, not only the North Division, but the league as a whole. The top finisher will receive the number one seed and a first-round bye at the Skyline League District Tournament while the other two teams will face each other next Tuesday or Wednesday in the first round.