PILOT MOUNTAIN - In their first matchup with non-conference power East Surry in a Thanksgiving tournament, the Lady Elks were blown out in a hurry.
In their second meeting Wednesday night, Elkin hung tough despite being “out-sized and out-manned,” before dropping a tough 66-34 decision in Pilot Mountain.
“They’re a handful,” head coach Derek Carter said. “I felt like we competed tonight. Last time we played them, they wore us out and it was over in a hurry; it was ugly. But tonight we actually looked like a ball team.”
Elkin started strong, limiting the high-powered Cardinals in the opening minutes, as East only led 6-2 midway through the frame. But the Lady Cards, led by Wake Forest signee Keri Fulp, closed the first quarter on a 12-3 run to grab an 18-5 lead.
East poured in 22 points in the second frame, doubling up Elkin, to take a comfortable 40-16 advantage into the break.
But in the third, the Lady Elks held serve, scoring 11 points in the quarter to keep the game from getting out of hand, something they failed to do in the teams’ November 24 meeting. In the first showdown, East outscored Elkin 18-5 in the third period before cruising to the 71-38 victory.
The Elks added nine points in the fourth Wednesday night, but fell 66-34.
Despite the loss, Carter said the Lady Elks are still digging and getting close to their first victory of the season.
“We played hard,” he said. “That’s a really good ball team; we were out-sized and out-manned. We focused on what we wanted to work on. We had a goal to hold them. We handled the press most of the time. We got some things accomplished and I think we’re starting to find our speed of the game.
“We’ll keep digging. It’ll come around,” Carter added.
Carrie Brown powered Elkin’s offense with a dozen points, while Courtney Beals added eight tough points in the paint. Makayla Dimmette tacked on seven points, while Ashlen Rector and Madeline Carter added four and three points, respectively.
The Elk defense limited Division I bound Fulp to just eight points on the night.
The Lady Elks (0-15, 0-7 in the Mountain Valley Conference) return to conference play Tuesday night against West Wilkes in Millers Creek before taking on front-runner North Wilkes Friday night in Hays.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or email@example.com.