ELMA — With a first-quarter outburst, Elma’s girls shed the offensive malaise that afflicted their male counterparts earlier in the evening.
Scoring 19 successive points in the opening period, the Eagles went on to trounce Forks, 53-25, in an Evergreen 1A League girls basketball opener Friday night at Elma.
Forks thumped the cold-shooting Elma boys, 44-26, in the first half of the co-ed doubleheader
Forks’ Courtnie Paul tallied the game’s opening basket, but the Spartans didn’t score again until the 1:31 mark of the first quarter. By that time, the Eagles had long since taken control.
Brooke Goldsmith had three baskets during the 19-point run, while Miranda McDonald added a pair of buckets and Megan Finger a basket and a pair of free throws.
Goldsmith’s three baskets came in rapid-fire succession with about two minutes remaining, as Elma’s press prevented the Spartans from getting the ball out of back court.
The first-quarter spurt represented one of the few highlights as far as Elma coach Lisa Johnson was concerned. Getting very little out of their half-court offense, the Eagles (1-0, 1-2) played mainly in spurts the rest of the way. But with Forks shooting only 17 percent from the field and committing 29 turnovers, the hosts were never challenged.
“We just kind of flattened out,” Johnson said of her team’s play after the first quarter. “Our defensive intensity was poor..Offensively, it seems like we’re forcing everything. We’re not letting the game come to us. I know it’s only Game 3. I just don’t like where we’re at.”
Goldsmith finished with 16 points, while Finger added 14 points and eight rebounds. McDonald and Regan Wollen also contributed eight rebounds.
Elma freshman Madeline Thompson provided a fourth-quarter spark with five points and an assist during her only period of action.
Elma never led in the boys half of the twin bill.
The Eagles (0-1, 0-4) committed nine turnovers in the first quarter. They shored up their ball-handling thereafter, committing only nine more miscues for the remainder of the contest, but 26 percent field-goal shooting and a 34-15 rebounding deficit gave them little chance of a comeback.
“Minimize mental mistakes and take care of the basketball. We had those two things on the (blackboard for the pre-game meeting) and we just didn’t do that,” Elma coach Marvin Prince said. “Consequently, we got a little frustrated and lost our concentration.”
The Spartans, meanwhile, were able to take the ball inside repeatedly, although they didn’t always convert their close-in chances. Braden Decker, their all-league forward, led all scorers with 16 points, while Tre’ Harris added 12 for Forks.
Chance Bremer topped Elma with 10 points, while Tyson Nauman came off the bench to tally nine.
Elma’s boys host Raymond on Tuesday. The Eagle girls travel to Centralia the same night.
Forks 12 11 9 12 — 44 Elma 4 3 6 13 — 26
Forks (44) — Raben 3, Gilmore 4, Harris 12, Decker 16, Jacobson 4, Gonzales 5, Sampson. FG — 20-54 (.370). FT — 1-4.
Elma (26) — Collin, Stark 3, Horton 2, Bremer 10, Wilson 2, Nauman 9, Farr, Sayler, Stevens. FG — 11-42 (.262). FT — 0-2.
Forks 5 4 7 9 — 25 Elma 19 8 10 16 — 53
Forks (25) — Paul 7, Price 2, Weekes 2, Williams 7, Flores 3, Sheriff-Penn 1, Villicana, Raben 3. FG — 9-53 (.170). FT — 7-13.
Elma (53) — Malmstrom, Goldsmith 16, McDonald 5, Smythe 3, Finger 14, Farrar 2, Wollen 4, Cristelli, Pacheco 3, Cooper 1, M. Thompson 5, A. Thompson. FG — 19-68 (.279). FT — 11-20.