Elton gains ground on Hamilton Christian

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

The champs haven’t been knocked out yet.

The Elton Indians edged Hamilton Christian 37-33 Tuesday night to move within a game of the Warriors, who suffered their first

District 4-3A loss. Elton has won the district the past two seasons.

Micah Lavan drained a 3-pointer with

1:05 left to put Elton (15-8, 5-2) ahead for good. Hamilton (12-14, 6-1)

pulled within

one on a Jalen Doucet free throw with 15 seconds left, but Elton

guard Dane Williams converted a three-point play with 7 seconds

left to put the game away for Elton.

“We were really getting after it

man-to-man,” said Elton head coach Justin Fruge. “The last couple of

weeks we have had a

big change in the attitude of the team. I guess we thought it

would be easy to win district for the third time in a row. Now

we are in a dogfight. We have to compete with everything we have,

and I am proud of my guys for doing that tonight.”

Lavan scored five of his 14 points in

the fourth quarter, scoring on a post move with 2:10 left to give Elton a

31-28 lead.

Hamilton took the lead with four straight points by Isaiah

Wheeler, but Lavan responded with a 3-pointer from the left wing

to give the Indians the lead for good.

“He is the man for us, no doubt about it,” Fruge said. “He is the leader for us in all aspects. He is always giving everything in practice; I am happy for him to have

this chance to continue our success.”

Wheeler led Hamilton with 15 points and 19 rebounds.

“He is a (heck) of a player,” Fruge said. “You can’t stop him. We just tried to hold him to the least we could. He is so good

that he is going to get his.”

Warriors head coach Dexter Washington said his team had an off-night shooting.

“The shots we normally hit, we didn’t

make,” he said. “We have been bad at the free-throw line all night. I

said that would

get us in a close game. We didn’t get the hustle rebounds we

normally get, they got a lot of second-chance points. You have

to give it to Micah Lavan, he hit the big shot. Big-time players

make big-time shots.”

Hamilton led throughout the first half, taking an 18-9 lead midway through the second before Elton scored the last eight points

of the first half, including six straight by Lavan, to pull within one at halftime.

Girls: Elton 61, Hamilton Christian 30

Jaslyn Jones scored a game-high 20 points as Elton cruised to the win.

The Indians (10-14, 4-3) scored nine straight points midway through the second quarter to take a 15-6 lead, then blew the

game open with an 11-2 run to take a 33-14 halftime lead. Jones scored 16 points in the first half.

Nique Griffin scored 16 points to lead Hamilton (4-13, 1-6). Ashley Fusilier added 11.

Lydia Faulk and Juliet Langley scored 12 each for Elton.