WACO — Ellison simply could not keep up.
After going back and forth for a majority of the first three quarters, the Class 6A No. 16 Lady Eagles lost their consistency on both ends of the floor, and it cost them their season.
Irving MacArthur used a 15-5 run bridging from the third to the fourth quarter to create an advantage it would not relinquish en route to a 65-50 upset of Ellison in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Playing at McLennan Community College, neither team could create any separation during the first half with Ellison taking a slim 27-26 lead into the third quarter.
The trend continued during the period until Lady Cardinals guard Sarah Andrews made a 3-pointer moments before time expired.
Then, the sophomore connected on another shot from behind the arc to open the fourth quarter, and it ignited her team.
MacArthur’s lead ballooned to 50-37 before the Lady Eagles responded with six unanswered points, but it was not enough.
The Lady Cardinals’ used a 9-0 run to inflate their cushion to 15 points, 61-46, and did not look back.
Andrews scored a game-high 21 points to help end the high school careers of six Ellison seniors, including post Sydney Brock, who finished with a team-high 11 points and six rebounds. Additionally, fellow senior Cielo McClain had nine points, and teammate Marliah Johnson matched the offensive output.
The Lady Eagles finish the season with a 23-9 record after winning the District 8-6A championship with a 13-1 record.