EMS splits games with Taylor County

ELKINS — When the Taylor County school bus pulled out of the Elkins Middle School parking lot Monday evening, the team hauled home a varsity victory but fell short in junior varsity action.

The Hornets lost the varsity contest, 41-33, but won the JV game, 48-19.

“We hung in there, but we couldn’t close it out,” EMS coach Doug Boggs said, of the varsity game. “We came out focused and played pretty good basketball in the first half. In the second half, we just came out flat. We’ve got to put two halves together. We’re moving in the right direction. We’re competing with these teams. We have them again in two weeks, so we’ll look forward to going down there and giving them a little bit of payback.”

For the Hornets, Charlie Smoak reached double digits in scoring with 11 points. Teammate Jay Crockett also played well, contributing 7 points to the effort.

For TCMS, Ryan Maier set the pace with 26 points.

Prior to the contest, the Elkins junior varsity squad ran past the TCMS JVs, 48-19. Elkins scored 21 points within the first two minutes of action. The victory extended the EMS JV’s unbeaten streak to 12 games.

Elkins (2-10) will travel to Buckhannon Middle School on Thursday. Junior varsity action tips off at 6 p.m. and the varsity contest will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.