After one quarter of play, North Douglas (15-9, 10-3 Skyline) and Elkton (5-19, 2-11) were locked in a close game.
“Elkton always comes ready to play and it makes me nervous because they always want to beat us,” said North Douglas head coach Tyler Vancil who saw his team holding a 12-8 lead after the first quarter. “And their team can shoot really well from three. So I told the boys, ‘Don’t overlook them just because we beat them by 20 or 30 last time, they’re going to come ready to play.’”
But then the Warriors went off as they paired poor shooting with great rebounding and recorded a 53-20 senior night victory. North Douglas held the Elks scoreless in the second quarter and to just 12 points, all three-point field goals, in the second half.
“We just knew that we could grind it out on defense. And even if our shots weren’t falling in the first half, we knew that if we kept rolling with it that in the second half hopefully most of those would fall,” said North Douglas senior Cal Parks. “A lot of our buckets came off of rebounds that turned into offense. So a lot of our defense helped our offense which kind of helped us with our slow shooting night.”
The Warriors outrebounded the Elks 42-17 in the game including 25 offensive rebounds. Parks led the team in scoring with 14 points and also brought down nine rebounds. All 10 North Douglas players scored with during the game. Tanner Parks was the next highest scorer for the team with eight points on the night.
Three Elkton players scored on the night. Mason Cox had eight points while Trystn Woody and Jaydn Woody each had six. The team shot two free throws on the night.
“We were flying around, getting out on their shooters because they’re going to keep jacking it up. I mean, we knew that we outsized them rebounding wise,” said Vancil. “We were trying to get all the boys to get all those rebounds so we can take advantage of those mismatches. And they did a great job of that tonight.”
The Warriors finished fourth in the Skyline regular season and third in the North Division. Because they are third, that means they will travel to the second place team in the South Division in Pacific on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The Pirates (10-12, 6-6) finished fifth overall in the league standings and the Warriors defeated them earlier this season 50-22.
“By no means will that be an easy game. We know that they’ve got a lot better and from what we heard they’ve cleaned up a lot of things,” said Parks. “So we know that as long as we play well, this should be a good battle for us and should be a good matchup as a game.”