Basketball: Everything clicks for Elk boys in 76-52 win over Edina

Clay Elrod ducked under an Edina defender before going up for two of his 21 first-half points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River’s Clay Elrod ducked under an Edina defender before going up for two of his 21 first-half points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River Elks had one of those rare games where a team can seemingly can do no wrong Tuesday evening, and thumped a good Edina Hornets squad 76-52 at home.

Their big guns took turns taking over the game as junior forward Clay Elrod scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half and senior guard Porter Morrell scored 12 of his 20 in the second half.

Mitchell Weege, who scored 13 points, lined up a free shot. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mitchell Weege, who scored 13 points, lined up a free shot. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Meanwhile, Mitchell Weege had his best game, as the soph guard potted 13 points off the bench.

The Elks nailed 11 of 17 three-pointers with Morrell 4-for-4, Weege 3-for-4, Elrod 3-for-6 and Max Person 1-for-1.

Bryan Edwards added 8 points and drew 5 fouls, sinking six of 10 free shots. The senior forward collected the fifth foul of two Edina starters, including their imposing 6-foot-9 post Reggie Lynch with a head fake with 13 minutes left (sinking both free shots).

The Elks opened a 38-22 halftime lead with Elrod, Weege and Morrell all hitting a three in the final 2 1/2 minutes and Weege adding a 15-foot jumper at the horn.

It was officially a rout early in the second half when Morrell buried a 3-pointer from 25 feet while a Hornet was committing a pushing foul, giving the ball right back to the Elks, with Weege adding a long three from the other side for a 52-28 lead.

Elk guard Porter Morrell was stopped on the baseline by Mark Handberg and another Edina player, but slipped the ball to Clay Elrod on the blocks for a basket. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk guard Porter Morrell was stopped on the baseline by Mark Handberg and another Edina player, but slipped the ball to Clay Elrod on the blocks for a basket. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Edina senior guard Graham Woodward, an amazing ball handler headed for Penn State, scored 20 points. Senior forward Mark Handberg was next with 11.

Elk River improved to 12-4 with the non-conference win. Edina dropped to 11-6.

Edina was added to the Elk schedule this year as part of a deal to keep the large and athletically-powerful Lake Conference schools (Minnetonka, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, Wayzata and Edina) from trying to join the Northwest Suburban. The NWSC and Lake teams play “cross-over” games to help the latter fill out their schedules.

The Elks will resume conference play on Thursday at Anoka.

Elk scoring — Porter Morrell 23, Clay Elrod 25, Mitchell Weege 13, Max Person 5, Isaac Howard 2, Bryan Edwards 8 … Team: 25-47FG (11-17 3FG), 15-20 FT,

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