ELKINS -- Tink Harris nailed two free throws with 29 seconds left to help Elkins earn a tough 49-41 victory on senior night Friday.
Elkins 10 18 14 7
Pea Ridge 10 13 10 8
Elkins: Harris 15, Parrish 10, Coleman 9, Diaville 7, Burton 3, Kestner 3, Ritchie 2
Pea Ridge: Olson 13, Swope 10, Davis 9, West 4, Adams 2, Hooten 2, Socha 1
"I was like, 'I have to make these shots or coach is gonna kill me," Harris said with a laugh. "I was honestly thinking if I hit these, there's no way they're gonna catch up."
Wells energized her team on both ends of the floor, and she opened the game by draining a 3-pointer. She responded with a fist pump and a jubilant scream.
"It got me really excited for the rest of the game," Harris said. "It just kind of pumped our team up, and we were ready to play. We came in here to show up, and that's what we did."
The Lady Elks found themselves in a dogfight after the first quarter, as Pea Ridge matched Elkins' intensity. Much of the Lady Blackhawks' success was a result of senior guard Sunny Olson's strong 11-point first-half performance. Their press forced Elkins into a number of turnovers, but the home team settled down and took care of the ball.
"We teach our kids to be aggressive, and sometimes they're a little too aggressive," Elkins coach Monica Wells said. "I don't blame them, but we've gotta continue to get smarter in those situations."
The second quarter was capped off by a deep three-point buzzer beater by junior guard Allison Coleman that sent the Lady Elks to the locker room with plenty of momentum.
"After school, before the game, the kids were lined up practicing half-court shots," Wells said. "I guess practice paid off."
Coming out of the locker room, the Lady Elks were energized and ready to fend off any Pea Ridge comeback attempts. Harris finished the game with 15 points, which led all scorers.
"That kid has loved basketball for as long as I can remember," Wells said. "She loves the game maybe as much as I do. It's well deserved any accolade she gets."
Senior forward Sarah Parrish scored 10 to round out Elkins' double-digit scoring. On the other side, Olson finished with 13 for the Lady Blackhawks, followed by junior guard Katelyn Swope with 10.
Boys: Pea Ridge 65, Elkins 47
The Blackhawks found themselves tied with Elkins at halftime, and senior guard Hayden Holtgrewe knew he had to be a better facilitator in the second half if he wanted to spoil the Elks' senior night.
Elkins 10 16 8 13
Pea Ridge 12 14 19 20
Elkins: Hipps 18, Graham 10, Evans 5, McClain 5, Barnett 4, Shackleford 3, Stewart 2
Pea Ridge: Coble 17, Mahoney 16, Rose 14, Holtgrewe 3, Allison 3, Duncan 3, Rhine 3, Feemster 2, Yates 2, Sheppard 1, Wilkerson 1
By the time the third quarter buzzer sounded, Holtgrewe had dished out a number of assists to a variety of scorers, and the Blackhawks came away with an impressive 65-47 victory.
"I'm a slasher, and my first thought is to pass the ball because whenever you have the best shooters in the state, that's what you have to do," Holtgrewe said. "You kick it out to shooters, especially when (Elkins) is extending out their zone like that."
One of Holtgrewe's favorite targets in the second half was junior forward Mikey Mahoney, who proved to be a mismatch on the boards and in the lane. He finished with 16 points.
"Mikey got us going down low, Hayden got us going downhill," Pea Ridge coach Trent Loyd said. "We knocked down shots, and that's what we wanted to see."
Junior guard Nick Coble led the Blackhawks with 17 points. Junior Kobe Rose added 14 of his own to round out the double-digit scoring for Pea Ridge. For Elkins, senior guard Ethan Hipps poured in 18 points in the losing effort, followed by junior Chad Graham with 10.
Preps Basketball on 02/10/2018
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