Elkins Hornets defeat TVMS for first victory

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brittany Hardy Tucker Valley Middle’s Hayden Wamsley makes his way past an Elkins defender in Parsons Friday night. Elkins won the contest 46-42.

PARSONS — Austin Harris fired up 15 points Friday to help Elkins Middle School defeat Tucker Valley, 46-42, and give the Hornets their first victory of the season.

“I’m so excited for the kids and everybody involved,” EMS coach Doug Boggs said. “The guys were shooting the lights out. They were working the ball well. The kids were moving the ball and finding the open man and they were ready to shoot when they got it. Everybody was hitting. Tucker Valley was a really well coached team and they have some really good players, we just had so many weapons tonight that we came out on top. It was a really fun game.”

Tucker Valley came out of the gate hot, going up 14-9 at the end of the first period then extended the lead to 27-23 at halftime. Not to be outdone, the Hornets hit some timely shots in the third period to take a 35-32 lead and held on in the final stanza to take the victory.

Harris torched the net for 4 three-pointers, as part of his 15 points for the contest. Elkins spread the ball around well with Charlie Smoak, David Gongola, Andy Shiflett and Jaydon Shreve, all recording 6 points each.

Boggs said seventh grader Jack Bragg also played a “huge role” in the victory. Bragg went 3 for 4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and pulled down several rebounds.

In the contest, the Hornets made 10 three-pointers and 4 two-point field goals.

T. Eure was the leading scorer for TVMS with 21 points, while teammate Z. Long chipped in 17 points.

Prior to the contest, the Elkins junior varsity squad beat the Tucker Valley JVs to remain unbeaten on the season at 10-0.

Elkins (1-8) is set to travel to Lincoln on Monday for a varsity only matchup. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game, the Elkins and Lincoln girls varsity squads will square off at 6 p.m.