Elkton girls’ basketball opens season with win over North East
Special to the Whig
Sometimes it takes a while for a team to get into a rhythm on offense during the early stages of the basketball season as teammates often have to re-learn how to build chemistry with one another.
That was not the case for Elkton in its 55-24 season-opening victory over host North East in nondivisional UCBAC girls’ basketball action Monday night.
“The girls really understand what we’re trying to do and understand their spacing really well, and we work really hard on ‘the open shot gets the shot,’” Golden Elks head coach Chris Dunn said of his offense. “It doesn’t matter who gets the basket, we move the ball until we get an open shot.”
Elkton (1-0) took control of the game with a strong first quarter after it jumped out to a 19-2 lead. It then continued that strong play into the early stages of the second quarter, increasing its lead to 28-3, but the Indians threatened to get back into the game with a 10-2 run, bringing the deficit back down to 17 points with less than a minute left in the first half.
After a timeout, the Elks responded by closing the second quarter on an 8-0 spurt to take a 38-13 lead into halftime. They cruised from there to earn to tip off the season in the right direction.
While Elkton played well in most phases of the game, it struggled from the foul line, making just eight of 24 free throws. Elkton knows it will need to improve for the charity stripe if it intends to compete in the Chesapeake Division.
“We’re moving up a division, so we’re going to up our game. We’re going to have to be stronger and be more tough and play ball,” said senior point guard Ty Segure, who scored a game-high 20 points. “That’s the main thing. Free throws wins game. We also have to make our layups, and they have to be more crisp. We were making our shots, but that’s not enough.”
Vanessa Dunn and Courtney Hardy added 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Elks.
Janiya Bibbens scored a teamhigh 14 points to lead North East (0-1). While the Indians had a rough first game of the season, they feel optimistic about the rest of the campaign.
“We probably played the best team on our schedule in our first game. We’ve have been injured and hurt and sick and haven’t had the chance to get together and gel,” Indians head coach Chris Hadjis said. “I think we’ll be alright. We took our bumps, but we’ll be back.”