BELTON — Sherry McKinnon went into the season with a goal to be more explosive on the offensive side of the ball, so she hired a new coach — a shooting coach.
After beating the Belton Lady Tigers 64-30 on Friday night, it’s safe to say that the Lady Eagles are well on their way to achieving McKinnon’s goal.
“Coach (Blair) Hodges has been spending a lot of time with the girls,” said McKinnon. “(Because of that) we are a very good shooting team.”
The Lady Eagles (15-2, 2-0 8-5A) scored 33 points on 11-of-20 shooting behind the 3-point line, outscoring the Lady Tigers (7-12, 0-2) with just their long-range shooting.
Ellison senior guards Deja Pointer and Codi Simmons led the barrage with three and four 3s, respectively. Pointer led all scorers with 17 points and four steals.
“I am so proud of Simmons because she usually wants to pass first but she is a such a good shooter — so we want her to take more chances,” McKinnon said.
Ellison came out firing from the opening tip, blasting Belton from the start with a 17-0 advantage as six different players scored during the run en route to a 22-4 first-quarter lead.
“(All of us) have the same goal and that is to win — we don’t care who scores,” Pointer said.
Ellison played just as well on the defensive side of the court as well, forcing Belton into 41 turnovers and routinely using its full-court press to force the Lady Tigers into bad positions.
“I thought we did a great job of putting pressure on them and getting points on some turnovers,” McKinnon said.
During the second and third quarters, Belton played Ellison evenly and even managed to outscore the Lady Eagles 11-10 in the third. But the Lady Eagles’ huge first quarter was too much for the Lady Tigers to overcome.
Kinsey Williams his four 3-pointers and led Belton with 14 points, scoring eight points in the second quarter alone after hitting back-to-back 3s to make it 25-10.
“We lost her for (most of the game) because she was moving through screens and running around the backcourt,” McKinnon said. “She’s a really good shooter and nobody helped off the screen.”