From the first tip off to the final buzzer, the Rams disrupted the rhythm and flow of the Elk squad, and eventually took the 72-22 win.
“Tonight we tried to get back to the basics,” said Ram Coach Kyle Hutchens.
Despite not having played a basketball game in a week, Starmount didn’t seem to lose a step against the Elks.
From the get go, Starmount pounded the boards with strong offense, and caused trouble for the Elks with a disruptive defense.
With Kelli Bonner’s deadly outside shot, and Amber Wooten’s inside presence, the Rams offense rolled all night.
Bonner and Wooten combined for 52 points in the game, with Bonner knocking down 30 and Wooten adding 22.
In the first quarter alone, Starmount put 12 points on the board, six of which were courtesy of Bonner from three-point range, while holding Elkin scoreless.
Although scoreless in the first quarter, Samantha Dimmette got Elkin on the board in the second. Sydney Carter added a pair of buckets to help get the Elk’s offense moving.
The Rams added another 21 points in the second quarter and held a 33-6 lead going into the half.
“The thing with Kelli, we were trying to not to rush her shot,” Hutchens.
Starmount’s offense didn’t slow any in the second half either.
Although Elkin exited the half and Dimmette got the quick two-pointer, Starmount responded when Bonner drained a three.
Despite being down, Elkin began to mobilize their offense.
Dimmette and Shanlyn Wagoner combined for all of Elkin’s points in the third.
By the end of the third quarter, Starmount held a 50-14 lead over Elkin.
The Rams continued to pound the boards in the fourth quarter when they opened with a 13-0 run against the Elks.
The Elks were able to add another eight points, but couldn’t overcome the deficit and were defeated 72-22.
Bonner was lights-out shooting all night.
Nearly automatic from three-point range, she hit seven three-pointers to lead the Rams with 31 points.
“She (Bonner) was feeling it tonight,” Hutchens said.
Samantha Dimmette led Elkin with eight points.
Both squads faced Wilkes County teams in make up games on Saturday as well.
Starmount was able to edge West Wilkes in overtime and Elkin was able to bounce back into the win column against North Wilkes.
Starmount- 12 21 17 22- 72
Elkin- 0 6 8 8- 22
Starmount: Kelli Bonner 30, Amber Wooten 22, Becca Aplin 8, Courtney Barnes 6, Haley Hartman 4, Erin Barr 2
Elkin: Samantha Dimmette 8, Sydney Carter 4, Shanlyn Wagoner 4, Cara Schell 4, Carly Pippin 2