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