The 2018-2019 varsity girls basketball team continues to impress with their suffocating defense, willingness to share the basketball and total team play. After winning their first two games of the Hoops 4 Pink Tourney in Hammond, Indiana by 31 and 41, the Elks found themselves matched-up against Winchester Community High School from Winchester, Indiana in game three. The 10-0 Elks knew they would have to play well to beat the 15-1 team from Winchester and did just that.
In the first quarter, the hosts from Winchester hung around with the Elks and trailed by just six points, 14-8, as the game headed to the second quarter. That was where the girls took firm control by using a 19-7 scoring advantage to up their lead to 18, 33-15, as the teams headed to their respective locker rooms at halftime. If anyone in the crowd felt the Elks were satisfied with that performance and lead they were proven wrong right away in the third quarter. A suffocating defense which led to many easy scoring opportunities for the team resulted in a 29-6 third quarter which pushed the lead to 41 points, 62-21, heading to the fourth quarter. In that fourth quarter, the girls once again outscored Winchester, this time 9-4, to walk away with a 46-point win, 71-25, and remain unbeaten on the year.
Another balanced scoring attack helped propel the Elks to the win. Senior Sam Chable led all scorers with 14. Freshman Cotie McMahon added 12, junior Emma Stanley had 11, and senior Kelsey George and freshman Molly Scott each had 8.
Now 11-0 on the year, the girls will face their biggest test of the tourney Saturday night when they take on host, and fellow unbeaten, Bishop Noll Institute at 8:30 PM.