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Blue Devil girls fall to Elkin

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A 17-2 Elks run in the second period doomed Grayson County in its 38-32 loss.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

SPARTA, N.C. –– After holding Elkin to just two points in the first quarter, Grayson County managed just two points itself in the second period, falling to the Elks 38-32 in a nondistrict game Monday at Alleghany High School.

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“We really did play hard,” Grayson County coach Tiny Funk said. “We gave ourselves a chance. They hit a lot of big shots, and we didn’t hit a lot of shots at all. We got the ball where we wanted it most of the night, we just couldn’t get them to fall.”

Grayson County (1-8) led 8-2 after eight minutes, but Elkin went on a 17-2 tear the rest of the half to lead 19-10 at halftime.

The Blue Devils made a game of it, pulling to within striking distance several times in the second half. Trailing 23-12, Grayson held Elkin scoreless for nearly six minutes, reeling off seven unanswered points. Catherine Vaughan’s baseline jumper pulled the Devils to within 23-19, but Elkin’s Brittany Stike nailed a 3-pointer to halt the run.

Vaughan hit two foul shots with 3:11 to play for a 34-30 score, but Elkin hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win, including 5-of-6 in the fourth quarter by Bailey Carter.

“I thought we defended well,” Funk said. “They hit some shots I didn’t mind them taking. We showed a lot of improvement since our last game.”

Vaughan and Devin Osborne led Grayson County with eight points each. Elkin got 12 points from Jordan Eldridge.

Grayson County 8 2 10 12––32

Elkin, N.C. 2 17 9 10––38

Grayson County (1-8)

Halsey 0 2-2 2, Spurlin 1 5-6 7, Wingate 0 3-6 3, Hall 1 1-4 3, Osborne 3 2-4 8, Vaughan 3 2-5 8, Caudill 0 1-2 1. Totals 8 16-29 32.

Elkin (3-3)

Eldridge 3 3-4 12, Brooks 1 0-0 2, Newman 3 0-1 6, Stike 1 2-2 5, B.Carter 1 5-6 8, S.Carter 1 1-2 3, Wagoner 1 0-2 2. Totals 11 11-16 38.

Three-point field goals – Grayson County none, Elkin 5 (Eldridge 3, Stike, B.Carter).