EMS girls fall at home

ELKINS — The Lady Hornets just couldn’t get the offense going Thursday, falling to Robert L. Bland, 35-8, in girls varsity basketball action.

“We came out a little unsure of ourselves,” EMS coach Clint Bennett said. “We turned it over a few times. I think the defensive intensity was pretty good. It was a lot better than the last game. In the second half, we got a lot of shots that we wanted, we just didn’t hit them.”

Anna Belan was the top scorer for EMS with 3 points. Emily Arbogast and Bella Schumate chipped in 2 points each and Alexa Triplett scored 1 point.

RLB’s Brooke Butcher was the game’s leading scorer with 12 points. Teammate Emma Post also reached double digits in scoring with 10 points.

In junior varsity action, the Lady Hornets picked up a 21-18 victory over RLB earlier in the evening. Jaylen Florence set the pace for Elkins with 12 points. Cecilia Ricottilli, Gracelin Corley, Kenzie Phillips and Autumn Lane notched 2 points each, while Callie Loftis rounded out the scoring with 1 point.

“I thought our defensive intensity was very good (in the JV game),” Bennett said. “Offensively, in the second half, we started playing a little too fast. We started rushing shots that weren’t too good. But overall, the defensive intensity was good. I challenged some of the younger players, because I needed some of the seventh graders for the varsity game. So I had some younger players get some crucial minutes in the second half. It was a good team win and I’m proud of their effort. We’re going to keep working to get better.”

Lillie Aycon led RLB with 8 points and Jazilyn Piggie finished the contest with 4 points.

Elkins (1-7) is set to face Lincoln on Monday at 6 p.m. in varsity only action. Following the game, the EMS boys varsity team will take on Lincoln at 7:30 p.m.