OXFORD – Southern Valley and Elm Creek split wins Friday night from the nest. In the girls game, the Eagles held off the Buffaloes in a defensive battle, 38-31 while the boys game was more lopsided. Elm Creek stole a road win, 44-22.
Turnovers became the story of the girls game. Elm Creek turned the ball over 21 times while Southern Valley gave the ball away 15 times. The Eagles also saw freshman Ann Bose go off for 18 points, a game high. Despite getting to the free throw line most of the night, the Buffaloes struggled to make Southern Valley pay only converting, 12-23 attempts. Elm Creek was led by Ashley Bauer who scored nine points while Halle Knapp and Skylar Gronewold each scored eight points. Off the bench, Brynn Baily scored seven points in the winning effort for Southern Valley. The Eagles picked up their first win of the season to improve to 1-1 while Elm Creek remains winless, now 0-2.
The Elm Creek boys controlled the game from the start, only relinquishing the lead two times the entire contest. After leading 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Buffaloes went off for 16 points in the second quarter while only allowing four points and building a double digit lead that would last the remainder of the game. Elm Creek saw two Buffaloes score in double digits, led by Carter Erickson’s 17 points. Trent Watkins chipped in 14 points. The Elm Creek defense forced 19 turnovers. Southern Valley struggled to score all night, never scoring double digits in any quarter. Kamden Bose led the Eagles with 12 points. Elm Creek improved to 2-0 on the year while Southern Valley fell to 0-2.
Up next for both teams, Elm Creek hits the road Tuesday at Alma while Southern Valley welcomes Gothenburg on Monday.
Listen to the games below.