Sherry McKinnon could not ask for much more. 

In its final game before opening District 12-6A play, Ellison dominated Hutto at home, building a 50-point lead by halftime before cruising to a 70-19 victory.

While the lopsided win was nice, the Lady Eagles head coach was satisfied for more reasons than just the final score.

“I got to play all the kids,” McKinnon said, “and they all got about equal minutes. Then, some that don’t play a lot for us got plenty of time on the court, and we were able to do what we wanted to do.

“I’m always happy when all my kids get quality minutes.”

Thanks in part to a smothering press defense, Ellison only allowed two field goals in the first half as it created a 54-4 advantage by the end of the second quarter.

While the defense prevented the Lady Hippos from generating any momentum, the Lady Eagles’ offense was on point from the opening tip.

Junior guards Lapraisjah Johnson and Madison Hattix-Covington each recorded multiple 3-pointers early to create the sizeable cushion.

“They were just on fire from deep,” McKinnon said. “I was very, very pleased with their shooting, and my posts have been playing great lately, grabbing offensive rebounds.”

McKinnon praised senior forward Arriyanna Forch, center Naomi Burnette and sophomores Cielo McClain and Aujunnae Smith for their efforts on the boards.

With the victory, the Lady Eagles improve to 12-4 heading into their district opener against Harker Heights on Friday, but McKinnon knows earning a win against the Lady Knights will not be anywhere near as easy.

“There is always a rivalry between us,” she said, “and I think it is going to be a good game.

“It is going to be a really hard-fought game, and whoever wants it more and whichever team is more focused is going to come out with that win.”

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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