ELMA — Bouncing back after a pair of losses, the Lady Eagles beat the Forks Spartans, 53-25, in their 1A Evergreen League opening game.
The Lady Eagles hosted the Spartans in the second half of a double header featuring both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams. Elma quickly jumped ahead of Forks and kept the Spartans to single digit periods.
“Offensively, we are forcing everything. We are not letting the game come to us,” Elma Coach Lisa Johnson said.
Working off the bench late in the game, freshman Madeline Thompson added five points in her limited time of play. Working at the top of the key, Thompson quickly adapted to the game on the court and made her presence known to the Spartans.
Eagle point leader Brooke Goldsmith, with 16 points, worked off her teammate to rally the Eagles and distance the team further from the Spartan grasp. A trio of Eagles shared in rebounding, each with eight: Regan Wollen, Miranda McDonald and Megan Finger. The trio kept the ball under Elma’s control. Finger posted up the second highest Eagle point total at 14.
From the free throw line, the Spartans did edge out the shooting percentage of the Eagles, going 58 percent to Elma’s 53 percent team shooting.
Leading in points for the visiting Spartans, Courtnie Paul and Casey Williams each scored seven points.
With a 27-9 game at halftime, the Eagles kept pecking at Forks and managed another 26 points to the Spartan’s 16.
The Eagles will face Montesano in a double header Dec. 18 after two away games against Centralia and Tenino.