Elkton Girls newcomers have chance to grow

The Elkton girls basketball program and second-year Head Coach Noah Miller will look to continue a positive trend coming into this season.

Since 2013, the Elks have not gotten less than a third-place finish in their league. Last season, the girls team only had two seniors with the rest of the team being a mix of juniors and sophomores and still going 4-1 in five league games also making it to the 1A state tournament. 

“Last year we were number two in the league,” said Head Coach Noah Miller. “1A did a big state tournament so we were able to get in there and play quite a few good teams to get an idea of where we need to be going forward. This year I return six girls, three returning starters, and then one that played quite a bit of time on varsity.”

Miller added, “So the best way to put it is in the grade school the seasons are about six weeks and that’s kind of what we had. It was throwing the girls in a new program with some stuff that they weren’t necessarily used to. This year has been a little bit more smooth, at least early on and then what’s our young ones they’re coming in and trying to learn this system.”

Coming into this season coach Miller is impressed with his team’s ability to work well together quickly so early in the season. 

“Right now, some that can tell there’s already good chemistry, all these girls get along,” said Miller. “My returners are stepping up, being good leaders, helping out and encouraging the younger girls. I think we can grow quite a bit throughout the season and that’s what we’re going to have to do. We want to compete against the good teams. If we can continue to head in that direction, which I’ve seen in the last two weeks, I think we could make some noise.”

Elkton will return three players who made all-league mentions from a season ago. Avery Block (first-team all-league), Olivia Humphries (second-team all-league) and Meleka Byle (first-team defense) will help lead this young group going into this season. 

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