ELKINS - The Elkins High girls' basketball team opened their season Tuesday by hosting Hampshire. The Lady Tigers fell to the Lady Trojans 48-30.
EHS held close in the first half, trailing only 27-22 at the break, but turnovers cost them as the visitors gradually pulled away in the second and third quarters.
Logan Dudley was the high scorer for EHS with eight points. She also grabbed 11 rebounds for the home team.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Steve Swick
Elkins High School's Jaycie Saseen advances the ball in Tuesday's season opener for the girls' basketball team. EHS lost to Hampshire by a score of 48-30.
Following Dudley in the scoring column was Charlie George with six points and six rebounds. Haley Lloyd contributed six boards.
For Hampshire, Emilynn Corbin led the way with 11 points, followed by Mary Feaster with eight.
The Tigers shot 10 of 38 from the field, including two three-pointers, and were 8-15 from the free throw line.
Elkins' coach Cathy Duffield said, "I'm disappointed that we lost, but I'm not disappointed with our girls at all. They hustled all night and they never quit."
"We have a new staff here and we're installing a new offense, so naturally this is starting out as a rebuilding year, but the team has improved from our practices to the scrimmage and even now in the first game. In time we're going to be fine. I have a lot of confidence in these girls."
Duffield also wanted to credit Hampshire.
"Turnovers killed us tonight and it was due to their tremendous pressure defense," she said.
The Lady Tiger JV team had a more successful debut in their game, winning 40-32 earlier in the evening.
In that game, Sierra Poling led the way with 14 points, followed by Christine Zurbuch with seven, and Jontasia Sitton and Shayla Koerner each contributed six points.
Hailey McAllister poured in 10 points for the Hampshire JV squad.
Elkins will host Buckhannon-Upshur at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and end the week hosting Parkersburg at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
In other girls' high school basketball action Tuesday, Moorefield defeated Berkeley Springs 66-50.
For Moorefield, Beth Cook scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Tara George followed with 13 points and Kellie Bedell contributed 12 with six boards.
Berkeley Springs' Sarah Haynes shared game-high honors, pouring in 22 points for the Indians, while Alana Compton added nine.