Elks jump out to huge lead, coast past Tigers in girls’ hoops

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Two sea­sons ago, the Elk­ton girls’ bas­ket­ball team was a young squad en­dur­ing its way through a two-win sea­son. This year, the Golden Elks are the de­fend­ing Susque­hanna cham­pi­ons with their sights set on a re­turn to a re­gional ti­tle game.

And two sea­sons ago, Ris­ing Sun went 13-1 in the lower divi­sion while post­ing a per­fect record against county op­po­nents. This year, it’s the Tigers that have a youth­ful and in­ex­pe­ri­enced unit that ex­pects to deal with some grow­ing pains through­out the sea­son.

ELK­TON

The ta­bles have turned. “This group re­mem­bers what it was like when they were fresh­men a cou­ple of years ago,” Elk­ton coach Chris Dunn said fol­low­ing his team’s 54-21 non-di­vi­sional vic­tory over the Tigers on Thurs­day.

Tigers coach Kathy Stoudt said the out­come was ex­pected.

“Chris and I talk a lot about where they were when we were suc­cess­ful two years ago and hav­ing a good run and his team was weak,” she said. “We’ve just switched roles, so now we just have to keep work­ing through it.”

The new roles were ev­i­dent as the Elks jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the game’s open­ing min­utes. Elk­ton made the first three 3-points it at­tempted in that span, while Ris­ing Sun turned the ball over on its first four pos­ses­sions be­fore it ever crossed mid court.

“We’re pretty fast. They’re a very young team and we knew that, so we took ad­van­tage of that right out of the gate,” Dunn said, adding that the Elks will use the full-court press through­out the sea­son. “We know we’re un­der­sized. We set out from the get go to be quick and score in tran­si­tion.” Elk­ton led 27-5 af­ter one quar­ter. “I have the ut­most re­spect for Chris, they could’ve beat us 100-0. What an in­cred­i­ble team, though. They are so quick and I’m look­ing for­ward to what they do in the up­per divi­sion this year” Stoudt said. “It’s their speed, it’s their an­tic­i­pa­tion, it’s their con­fi­dence in their ball han­dling, it’s how well they know each other — you can tell they play to­gether all year. But mostly, the speed. The speed of their game is so much faster than ours.”

Stoudt added that she be­gan to see some pos­i­tives from her play­ers over the next three quar­ters once they set­tled down.

Vanessa Dunn led the Elks (2-0) with 15 points and eight as­sists, Taniece Red­den scored 13 and Ty Se­gure added eight points and four as­sists.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier with the way we’ve per­formed,” Dunn said of the first two games. “The team came ready to play this year, we’re un­der no il­lu­sions about what the Ch­e­sa­peake is go­ing to bring and we’re pre­pared to take ev­ery team one at a time and we’re go­ing to give ev­ery­thing we got, win or lose.”

Maddie Foard and Bella Bar­bato led Ris­ing Sun with six points apiece, while Me­gan Brown added five.

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