Basketball: Friday night kicks off basketball season


By Ryan DeCosta - rdecosta@civitasmedia.com



Elkin junior Samantha Cozart tries to dribble past two North Stokes defenders during last Saturday’s Ramboree. The season kicks off Friday against North Stokes.


Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

Elkin junior Samantha Cozart tries to dribble past two North Stokes defenders during last Saturday’s Ramboree. The season kicks off Friday against North Stokes.


Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

The girl’s basketball season is set to begin Friday night, it looks like it’ll be an exciting one.

Last year, the Elkin Lady Elks finished up at 17-10 and made a trip to the third round of the 1A State Championships where they fell to Hiwassee Dam. It’s been quite a long time since the Lady Elks made it that far in the playoffs, but the past is in the past, and their record is swept clean for the new year. They host North Stokes at 6 p.m.

If there’s a reason to believe they can get back there, it’s because of their roster. Elkin lost four seniors after last season, but with as many juniors and sophomore as it had on the varsity roster that have since moved up, the team seems poised to give others such as East Wilkes a run for its money.

East Wilkes could easily repeat its success, and would want to improve on it. The Lady Cardinals lost only two seniors last year, posting an 18-8 record but falling to Elkin in the second round of the playoffs. They worked hard to earn home playoffs in the first two rounds but had nothing to show for it in the end. However, despite having many juniors last year, there are only three seniors listed on the roster.

A common theme for both Elkin and East Wilkes is that members of the team stick together for all seasons, no matter the sport. Starmount is no different, and it’ll be looking for improvement. Nobody is expecting the Rams to go out and win the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, and why should they? Considering they haven’t won a regular season game since 2012, there’s plenty of reason to doubt them. However, flying under the radar could mean they can strike and surprise some people.

Forbush also is looking to continue its steady improvement over the years. They’re set to host North Wilkes at 6 p.m. With five seniors and five juniors on the roster, look for the Falcons to possibly threaten to two arguably top seeds in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, Surry Central and North Surry.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

Elkin junior Samantha Cozart tries to dribble past two North Stokes defenders during last Saturday’s Ramboree. The season kicks off Friday against North Stokes.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_0074.jpgElkin junior Samantha Cozart tries to dribble past two North Stokes defenders during last Saturday’s Ramboree. The season kicks off Friday against North Stokes. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

Elkin junior Samantha Cozart tries to dribble past two North Stokes defenders during last Saturday’s Ramboree. The season kicks off Friday against North Stokes.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_0074r.jpgElkin junior Samantha Cozart tries to dribble past two North Stokes defenders during last Saturday’s Ramboree. The season kicks off Friday against North Stokes. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

By Ryan DeCosta

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