ELKIN - Elkin second-year head coach Derek Carter had a list of the teams’ scores and stats from the first 17 games of the season on a board in the locker room.
After falling in the second half to conference front-runner North Wilkes Monday night, Carter took that list down and wrote down the final seven games remaining on the Lady Elks’ schedule.
He told them “keep digging.”
All that digging finally paid off Tuesday night as the Lady Elks snapped a 17-game losing streak in a big way. Elkin breezed past Alleghany in dominating fashion, cruising to a comfortable 48-21 victory to notch its first win of the season.
“Finally,” Carter said with a smile,”We’re obviously pleased to get a ‘W’, especially after last night. I wasn’t looking forward to playing right after playing North Wilkes, but it didn’t seem to bother us. We were a little bit beat up.
“Tonight we jumped out, and instead of playing from behind, we played ahead and that made a difference. We’re excited,” he added.
After four-straight points by Courtney Beals to open the game, Elkin grabbed a 6-4 lead on a Madison Carter jumper and never looked back.
The Elks started the game on an impressive 20-6 run - including an 18-2 burst - to blow the game open early, getting points from five different players in the stretch.
Elkin cruised to a 27-10 halftime lead, nearly matching their out-put from Monday night’s loss to North (32 points) in the half.
The Elks continued their strong play in the third quarter, pushing their lead out to 22 at 35-13 late in the frame, taking a commanding 37-16 advantage to the fourth.
Makayla Dimmette scored five-straight points in the final period as Elkin knocked down free throws (9-for-16) down the stretch to preserve the 48-21 victory.
“We knew from last time we played them that they could shoot the ball well. We decided that we would take away their threes and make them drive to the basket and create,” Carter explained. “We only gave up one three on the night. We played out and made them drive and create, and it seemed to work. We wanted to play man up and not chase them around like we did last time.”
All seven players scored on the night for the Elks, led by a dozen from Dimmette. Beals added 10 points, while Carrie Brown and Carter finished with eight and seven points, respectively. Kaitlin Faw added six.
“Everybody scored and that’s what we have to have,” Carter added. “Courtney is starting to get into a flow; it’s coming easier for her. It was a good team effort.”
Despite starting the season 0-17, Carter said the team had been “expecting to win,” evident of strong performances in their past several games.
“We were excited, but we’ve been expecting to win. It’s not like ‘oh my gosh, we just won a game,’” he explained. “I told the girls that if we keep working hard and doing the little things, we’d win. I knew it was coming. We’ve played well in spurts, but we put it all together tonight.”
Carter joked that “horrible” warm-ups might have been the answer to the teams’ struggles.
“Tonight we changed warm-ups, so it’s kind of a running joke. Monday night our warm-ups were really horrible, so maybe we got it all out then. We did it again tonight,” he added.
The Lady Elks (1-9) return to the court tonight against defending conference champion Wilkes Central in Moravian Falls, weather permitting.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or email@example.com.