Golden Elks ready for Ch­e­sa­peake com­pe­ti­tion

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

The Elkton girls’ bas­ket­ball team won 22 games, a lower-di­vi­sion ti­tle and reached the re­gional cham­pi­onship game a sea­son ago.

And the Golden Elks re­turn nearly all of those play­ers this win­ter.

“We’ve got the core back that we re­lied on last year,” third-year coach Chris Dunn said.

That core fea­tures se­nior point guard Ty Se­gure, the reign­ing All-County Player of The Year, and ju­nior Vanessa Dunn, who has made All-County in both of her var­sity sea­sons.

Se­gure av­er­aged 17.8 points, five steals and 3.7 as­sists per game, while Dunn scored 15.6 points per con­test last year.

“They’re go­ing to have to pro­duce,” coach Dunn said. “They’re no se­cret, but we think we have some other weapons that’ll al­le­vi­ate some of the pres­sure on those two. We’re de­vel­op­ing some other play­ers, our goal is to make sure that ev­ery­body con­trib­utes. I play ev­ery kid I got on the team — no­body sits.”

Dunn named Courtney Hardy, Taniece Red­den, Allison Rogers and Maia Gi­afes as other key play­ers for the up­com­ing sea­son.

Elkton’s 22-win sea­son came just one year af­ter win­ning two games. It fea­tured a 17-game win­ning streak. The Elks’ 13-1 Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion record gained them en­trance into the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­son for the 2016-17 cam­paign.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge this year of mov­ing up into the Che- speake. That’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be no cake walk, and we com­pletely un­der­stand what we are get­ting into — what that up­per di­vi­sion is like. We’re just look­ing to be com­pet­i­tive. We un­der­stand that we’re go­ing to win some, we’re go­ing to lose a bunch. We’re fully pre­pared for that, to get our­selves through the year and then hope­fully make a run and be ready at the right time of the year,” Dunn said. “Play­ing teams like that, they don’t make mis­takes. They have ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers on those teams and that ex­pe­ri­ence shows. The girls tend to not make mis­takes and it’s tough to make mis­takes against them and then have to crawl your way out of a hole that you fall into. That’s def­i­nitely a chal­lenge.

“We’re go­ing to have to re­ally de­velop a sharp game quickly if we want to be com­pet­i­tive.” Fol­low Sean Grogan on Twit­ter: @Sean_Ce­cilWhig

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Reign­ing All-County Player of The Year Ty Se­gure, left, re­turns to Elkton for her se­nior sea­son.

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