SPARTA - In a physical contest that resembled an Elkin/Alleghany football game, the Lady Elks came up short Friday night up the mountain.
Trailing by only three heading into the final quarter, Elkin was outscored 28-14 in the fourth and dropped a hard-fought 51-34 decision to Alleghany.
Head coach Derek Carter called it a “long night,” after a game of hard fouls and questionable calls by officials.
Playing without leading scorer Courtney Beals, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, the Lady Elks opened on a 9-2 run and lead 9-6 after one.
But the Trojans claw their way back in the game as Alleghany took an 18-16 lead heading to the locker room.
In a low-scoring three quarters of play, Elkin trailed just 23-20 going to the fourth before both teams found their rhythm offensively.
Alleghany put up 28 points in the frame, as the Elks hung around. After two Cassidy Cook free throws cut the lead down to 38-30 with 2:25 left to play, the Trojans scored 13 of the final 17 points to seal the victory.
In a balanced scoring night, Makayla Dimmette led the way with 11 points, while Ashlen Rector tacked on eight. Carrie Brown finished with seven points with Cook adding four points on the night.
The Lady Elks (0-8) return to action against defending conference champion Wilkes Central Tuesday night.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or email@example.com.