The Elk River girls fended off a struggling but competitive Armstrong team 56-47 in their final conference home game Tuesday evening.
The Elks led 20-13 after a first half in which each team shot poorly and sputtered with their ball handling. Armstrong took the lead in the second half with a full-court press that took a toll on the Elks.
However, Shelby Gracik and Jordyn Sohns each hit a 3-point shot in consecutive trips down the floor to give the Elks a 5-point lead and they hung on.
Gracik scored 21 points and Sohns was next with 14. Abi Scheid had 8 in the second half after sitting most of the first half with early foul trouble Anna Rollag scored 7, Molly Detloff 4 ad Jaime Langebehn 2.
The Elks clinched an above .500 finish. They’re 10-9 in conference and 14-11 overall with one regular-season game left, at Maple Grove on Thursday.
Armstrong is 3-16 in conference and 3-22 overall. The Falcons play rugged, physical defense that keeps them in most games, but have trouble scoring. The Elks beat them 64-56 in the earlier meeting.