A quick start and balanced attack spurred Wilkes Central to its second-straight Mountain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball championship on Tuesday night in Elkin.
The Eagles (17-5, 11-3) led by as many as 20 points in the first half but Elkin tried its best to cut into the deficit. The Buckin’ Elks could only get as close as 15 at 42-27 after a deep two from Olivia Martin.
However, Central would respond with back-to-back 3-pointers from Madison German and Sarah Lowe; a pair of German free throws pushed the advantage back to 20.
A Catherine Chaquea layup and a 3-pointer from Azariah Banks extended the lead to the eventual 28-point margin of victory.
Eight different Eagles got into the scorebook, led by 21 points from Erica Wyatt, who connected on her 1,000th point in the first quarter. German added 11 points; Lowe and Chaquea added nine and eight, respectively.
Audrey Jennings paced the Buckin’ Elks (3-19, 1-13) with 21 points and Selena Islas added five.
With the win, the Eagles finished in a three-way tie with Ashe County and Alleghany for the MVAC title. The MVAC tournament is slated to begin on Friday at the higher seed. Final brackets will be unveiled later this week.
Note: According to Head Coach Greg Davenport, a ceremony to honor Wyatt’s scoring milestone will be scheduled for the Eagles’ first-round tournament game.
Elkin boys 45, Wilkes Central 43
A big fourth quarter propelled the Elkin boys basketball team to a big senior night upset over the Eagles on Tuesday.
After being held to just a pair of free throws in the third quarter, Elkin (8-14, 7-7) erupted for 20 fourth-quarter points and took the lead, 40-38, with 1:40 to play on a deep two from Austin Longworth.
A Marcus Lopez runner from the free-throw line tied the game 41-41 with less than a minute to play but Ty Parsons took over from there.
The junior gave Elkin the lead for good with 35 seconds to play with a layup and made it a two-possession game (45-41) with a pair of free throws.
Lopez, who finished with 13 points, made it a one-possession game with six seconds to play. Elkin had a chance to put the game to bed but Maston Renegar missed a pair of free throws; however, the Buckin’ Elks was able to grab a late rebound as time expired.
Zach Mastin paced the Eagles (13-8, 11-3) with a game-high 18 points and gave the visitors a 34-25 lead after a 3-point play in the final seconds of the third.