The varsity girls basketball team wrapped up their regular season on Saturday night with a huge home game against the visiting Wayne Warriors. Prior to the start of the game, the Elks celebrated their 2018 seniors Jasmine Broner and Meghan Mattingly. Jasmine is headed to Tennessee State next year while Meghan is headed to Denison to continue their academic and athletic careers.
The Elks came out of the gates on fire and throttled Wayne in the opening quarter to take a nine-point lead, 17-8, into the second quarter. The Warriors got their feet under them in the second quarter and played the Elks evenly. As the two teams headed to the locker room at halftime, the Elks held an eight-point lead, 30-22. In the third quarter, the Warriors continued to close the gap as they outscored the Elks, 15-12, to cut the lead to five, 42-37, as the game headed to the final eight minutes. In that final quarter, the Warriors refused to go away and trailed by just two, 54-52, with just three seconds left in the game and had the ball. On what could not have been a more perfect ending, Senior Jasmine Broner stole the ball and laid it in at the buzzer to give the Elks a hard-fought, 56-52, win to wrap up the regular season.
The Elks were led by their two seniors, Meghan Mattingly and Jasmine Broner. Mattingly led all scorers with 19 and Broner added 14. Junior Sam Chable was also in double figures with 11.
In the opening game of the night, the JV team cruised to a 48-18 win.
Now 15-7 on the year and winners of 10 of their last 11, the girls now set their sights on the OHSAA State Tournament. They play their first game on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 PM at Troy High School against Stebbins.