W-E Blue Devils continue to sizzle
Coming off a big road win over region rival Wagener-Salley High, the Williston-Elko High varsity boys could have easily overlooked a 0-7 Estill High team Friday night in the Devils’ Den.
That was anything but the case, though, for Williston-Elko High. The Blue Devils came out hotter and more balanced than ever on their way to torching the Gators by a score of 79-56.
Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland said they weren’t concerned about Estill High’s record going into the game.
“Records can be deceiving because they nearly beat us in our first meeting at Estill,” Crossland said. “We took them seriously from the start and just went out and executed our game plan.”
With the victory, Williston-Elko High moves to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in region play. The team has been on a hot streak of late, winning eight of its last nine games including the last four in a row.
“Right now, we’re continuing to play at a high level. Offensively, we’re playing more up-tempo. On the defensive end, we’re rebounding much better and not giving up those second shot opportunities that can hurt you in a game.’
Against the Gators, the Blue Devils came out hot. The team shot a sizzling 53.2 percent from the field in the first half on its way to a 37-22 halftime advantage.
For the Blue Devils, eight players scored in the contest. Desmond Murray was one of four players who scored in double figures. Murray inked his fourth double-double of the season with a game- high 23 points. He also registered 11 steals and six assists.
Keshawn Toney and Demarkiis Doe weren’t far behind in offensive production. Toney recorded 14 points along with 12 rebounds and four assists. Doe also had a good, all-around game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Also stepping up offensively were Meddikis Priester and Austin Smith. Priester finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. Smith registered seven points, five steals and four assists.