Sherry McKinnon didn’t feel like she had just watched a blowout.
Her Ellison Lady Eagles lacked the intensity they had in a 61-point thrashing of Waco University a day earlier.
Worse than that, Ellison got beat time and time again on the offensive glass.
Still, the Lady Eagles routed an opponent for the second straight day, this time handing the Waco Lady Lions a humiliating 56-33 defeat.
“It just didn’t seem like it was a blowout to me,” McKinnon said. “(I want to see) intensity and the hard work ethic. I think we got outworked (today).
“I just want them to rest up and see that intensity again.”
Sophomore post Jordanna Porter led Ellison with 19 points and hit two 3-pointers that keyed runs in the first and fourth quarters.
“We knew they had gotten better than last year and we just went out there and were able to get a bit of a lead,” Porter said.
The Lady Eagles rebounding might have been off, but their hot hands were not. Ellison shot 46 percent from the field and 57 percent from beyond the 3-point arch.
“We shot pretty well,” McKinnon said. “I think we were patient on offense and that is positive and ... we had a lot of transition points. Jordanna got down the court and got some easy layups.”
Ellison (9-1) traded baskets with Waco early, as both Kenesha Saygo and Shamaya Blake exchanged three-point plays.
However, the Lady Eagles went on an 8-0 run after a 3-pointer from Porter.
“If she left me open I was going to shoot it,” Porter said. “Sometimes I would dive in for the post up, but when I stayed out she didn’t come to me and when Saygo dished it off I just shot it.”
The Ellison defense, which only allowed Waco to shoot 26 percent from the floor, took over in the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles began the quarter on a 10-1 run and after Armoni Pittman hit a runner to cut the Ellison lead to 14, the Lady Eagles did not allow another field goal in the quarter.
The stifling defense allowed Ellison to take a comfortable 35-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
McKinnon began yelling soon thereafter.
Blake had four offensive rebounds in the third quarter and scored eight of her 11 points on second-chance opportunities. Waco actually outrebounded Ellison on the offensive glass 14-13 for the game.
“The ugly part was I just don’t like giving any team second-chance opportunities,” McKinnon said. “The whole ball game they got shot two and three. ... We looked sluggish and I don’t know if that is because we went back-to-back and have played a lot of basketball. But, that is no excuse because so have everyone else.
“We need a break.”
That need did not show up on the scoreboard. Porter hit another 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter and Ellison outscored the Lady Lions 14-8 in the final frame to complete the “ugly” blowout victory.
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