Elkton girls’ basketball opens sea­son with win over North East

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

NORTH EAST—T

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.”

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