The Cedarville Pirates led by as much as 21 points and Elkins managed to cut it to seven, but the Pirates grabbed the 75-63 conference win to split the doubleheader Friday night at home.
The Pirates (9-5, 1-0) took a commanding 23-7 lead in the first quarter by hitting 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:01 of the frame.
The free throws were a small indication about the rest of the game as both teams combined for 48 fouls with six Elkins players fouling out in the fourth. The Elks (5-7, 0-1) could only put four players on the floor in the final 27.4 seconds.
Elkins shot 12 of 21 from the free throw line, while Cedarville made 22 trips to the line and shot 30 of 43.
The Pirates led 64-48 with 3:06 remaining in the game, but Elkins hit a 9-0 run to pull within seven, 64-57, at the 2:04 mark. The Elks were able to convert a pair of turnovers into points during that stretch, including a three-point play by Elkins’ leading scorer, Brenton White, who drew a foul as he made his shot.
White finished with 20 points and senior Trevor Deloney paced Elkins with nine rebounds. White hit a game-leading five treys, including four in a row without a miss.
Cedarville, which began the quarter hitting just 3 of 6 free throws, finished the game sinking 11 of 12 to sustain its lead.
Cedarville, which won its 21st straight conference game on Friday, had two players record double-doubles. Garrett Parson led the game with 26 and had 10 rebounds. Junior Corey Fincher had a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with his 12 points. Beau Mille added 10 points while Kendall Pittman chipped in nine.
The Pirates had an 11-0 run that stretched from the first quarter into 5:45 of the second to give Cedarville its largest lead of the night, 28-7. Elkins finished out the half hitting a trio of three pointers and outscored Cedarville 17-9, to trail 34-24. However, Miller sank the only trey made by Cedarville all night to give the Pirates the 37-24 advantage at halftime.
Elkins 58, Cedarville 50
Both teams battled through most of the game, but the Lady Elks (10-4, 1-0) took the lead for good with a shot from Alisha Welch with 3:13 remaining in third quarter.
Cedarville’s Malia Hernandez scored 14 points in the second quarter and led the game with 28.
Three Elkins players reached double digits and a pair had double-doubles. Andrea Wilson finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Skylar Johnson added 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Welch finished with 14 points.
Both Wilson and Hernandez hit four treys each.
The game saw seven lead changes and three ties in the first three quarters. Cedarville took advantage of five early turnovers and led 7-2 at the 4:23 mark, then the Lady Pirates (3-13, 0-1) went cold. Elkins came back and was up 11-7 to end the quarter.
The Lady Elks extended their lead to 20-11 after a pair of free throws, but a 9-0 run by Cedarville tied the game up, 20-20, with 1:18 remaining. Hernandez scored seven points during the run.
Wilson hit a trey to regain the lead to halt the spree, but Hernandez responded with a trey of her own at with 28.3 seconds remaining. Another basket by Wilson had Elkins back up, 25-23.
Shanda Brown capped the frame with a trey at the buzzer and Cedarville led 26-25 at the break.
Hernandez sank a trey in the third quarter at the 4:13 mark and her team was up 32-30 to give the Lady Pirates its final lead of the night. Elkins capitalized on a pair of turnovers to spark an 8-0 run and took the lead for good.