Lady Tigers win opener

Free-throw shooting helps EHS get past Petersburg, 47-40

The Inter-Mountain by Logan Comer Elkins High School’s Haley Smith puts up a free throw during the first half of Tuesday night’s game against Petersburg at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

ELKINS — Elkins overcame a cold night from the floor by drilling 22 free throws in a 47-40 win over Petersburg Tuesday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lady Tigers, who were making their season debut, managed just 11 field goals on the evening.

“It was a typical first game,” EHS coach Matt Davis said. “We were able to hit our free throws and had some positives and some negatives.

“But the main thing was we were able to get the win.”

The Lady Tigers trailed 24-21 at the intermission but forged ahead in the third quarter to take the lead for good, outscoring the Lady Vikings, 13-6, to carry a 34-30 lead into the final quarter.

A free throw and layup by Haley Smith gave Elkins a nine-point lead, at 39-30, with 5:20 left in regulation.

Petersburg pulled within 43-37 after a free throw from Reece Hedrick with 45.2 seconds left,

But the Lady Tigers added two free throws each from Madison Holland and Sarah Riggleman over the final :30 to pull away.

“We need to make some better decisions with the ball late in games,” Davis said. “I think we’ll improve on that as the season goes along.”

Sarah Riggleman had 12 points and Holland 10 to pace Elkins, which collected 22 team steals on the night, led by Taylor Phillips with nine thefts.

Holland completed her double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds.

Jenna Burgess was the lone player in double figures for the Lady Vikings (0-3) with 13 points.

Elkins was slated to visit Pendleton County on Thursday but that game was canceled. The Lady Tigers will now visit Preston at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

Petersburg will also be in action next Wednesday at Keyser.