Preston took advantage a cold-shooting performance from Elkins to claim a 57-30 win Friday night in a Big 10 Conference encounter at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium
The Lady Tigers connected on just 15 percent of their chances from the floor, and trailed 14-10 after a pair of free throws from Carly Kelley with 4:55 remaining in the first half.
Elkins answered back 41 seconds later when Kelsi Trippett hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 14-13 with 4:14 left in the quarter.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Elkins High School’s Meghan Dolly drives to the basket against Preston defender Mary Braham in Big 10 Conference play Friday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium. Braham had 21 points as the Lady Knights claimed a 57-30 win.
Jesse Feather's jumper, however, started a 16-1 run over the last 4 minutes of the half as the Lady Knights carried a 30-14 lead into intermission.
"I was happy with our team defense, especially in the first half in holding Elkins to just five field goals," Preston coach Brian Miller said. "We have been working on our defense all year."
Mary Braham and Feather had five points each during the game-changing run for the Lady Knights.
"We put in a couple new offenses this past week and we were slow in getting the hang of it," Miller said. "But we played better in the second quarter to build on the lead."
Preston built its biggest margin of the game at 42-19 on a Braham layup with 1:30 left in the third quarter, and extended the margin to 46-22 entering the fourth.
Elkins came no closer than 21 points the remainder of the game as the Lady Knights finished the contest on an 11-5 run.
Braham had a game-high 21 points, while Feather added 14 points and Kelley 13 for Preston (9-2).
Trippett led the Lady Tigers with 15 points, while Ashley Simmons finished with six."I thought we played well defensively tonight," Elkins coach Nancy Lewis said. "We just didn't make any baskets ... you can't win many games shooting 15 percent from the floor."
Elkins lost the junior varsity contest, 43-30.
The Lady Tigers will travel to North Marion Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for another conference contest.