ELKINS -A strong defensive effort allowed Robert C. Byrd to pull past Elkins, 45-27, Tuesday night in Big 10 Conference play at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
The Eagles (10-9) held a 26-20 lead at halftime before limiting the Tigers to just three second-half field goals.
Elkins went scoreless in the fourth quarter after trailing 34-27 after the third.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Elkins’ Charlie George attempts to dribble past Robert C. Byrd defender Samantha Buffey during Big 10 Conference action Tuesday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
"Their defense was tough," Tiger first-year coach Cathy Duffield said. "We had a really hard time getting shots off. We worked the ball better in the second half. Overall, their defense was just too much for us."
Sophomore Corin Todd led RCB with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Shayla Hinterer also reached double figures with 14.
For Elkins, senior point guard Charlie George had 10 points and eight rebounds. Megan Dolly added seven points.
In junior varsity action, Elkins defeated RCB, 37-29.
Freshmen Sierra Poling and Christine Zurbuch led the Tigers in scoring with eight points each. Jontasia Sitton scored seven points.
Tahnah Cox paced RCB with nine points. Tyra Herbig added six points.
Elkins is scheduled to host North Marion at 7:30 p.m. today. A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to cancer awareness. Members of the Elkins team will wear pink warmups for the game, and spectators are asked to wear pink in support of cancer awareness.
Two teams from the 9-10 year-old YMCA league will also play an exhibition game at halftime of the varsity contest.