James Gainer helped spark a third quarter surge as Elkins knocked off Lewis County 66-55 for its first win of the season Wednesday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
After leading 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers saw their lead slip away after getting into quick foul trouble in the second.
Lewis County connected on 16-of-20 free throws in the second stanza to take a 37-27 lead into the half.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Blankenship
Elkins High School’s Logan Phillips goes in for a score against a pair of Lewis County defenders Wednesday night in the Tigers’ 66-55 win at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
Elkins came out strong in the third quarter, however, and erased the deficit by outscoring the Minutemen 20-6 in the set.
"We decided to take the ball to the basket in the third quarter and it changed the landscape of the game," Elkins coach Roy Simms said. "I told the kids at the half if they shot another three and didn't take the ball to the basket, they would be sitting next to me on the bench. The game is won inside out and not outside in."
The Tigers took a 47-43 lead into the final quarter as James Gainer fueled the attack in the third by scoring eight of his 11 points of the contest.
Elkins opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run that pushed the deficit to 54-45 on a pair of Houston Schuler free throws at the 4:42 mark.
Lewis County got no closer than five points the rest of the way out as the Tigers went on for the win.
"It was a good team win to get the monkey off our backs," Simms said. "We had a lot of people contribute and give a great effort."
Cody Gainer and Logan Phillips led the Tigers' attack with 13 points each. Cody Gainer pulled down five rebounds, while Tyler Shreve had a solid performance with six points and five assists.
"I thought Tyler (Shreve) had a great floor game," Simms said. "He got us in our offense and ran the team. His only turnover came late in the game. Logan Phillips also had one of his best games of the season."
John Riley led Lewis County with a game-high 19 points. He was followed in the scoring column by Skylar Carlton who had 14 points. Andrew Pope chipped in with 10.
The Minutemen will travel to Grafton on Friday.
Elkins (1-9, 1-6 Big 10 Conference) will visit North Marion the same night.