Fresh off a 4-1 tournament at Copperas Cove over the weekend, Ellison head coach Sherry McKinney admitted she didn’t know how her girls would respond after a great weekend. Her team showed no sign of slowing down on Tuesday as Ellison whipped visiting Waco 68-33.
‘’Last year when we played Waco, we didn’t beat them like we should have,” McKinnon said.
“Our team has to understand that you can’t take anybody for granted, and you go out there and play. Waco is going to improve; they have a good coach, and they are going to get better. The fatigue I thought set in yesterday at practice, but I thought my girls did a good job of not showing it too much.”
After a quick Waco 3-pointer to start the contest, the quick and scrappy Ellison defense did not allow another point in the opening quarter.
After an Ellison missed free throw, Cielo McClain grabbed the rebound off the rim and went up for the two-handed putback to send the Lady Eagles (6-1) up 11-3 with a minute left in the first quarter. The Green and White outscored the Lady Lions (0-2) 14-3 in the quarter and never showed any sign of a letdown for the entire game.
McClain finished the evening with 14 points.
Just before halftime, Deija Planas passed ahead to Marliah Johnson downcourt, and she drove to the basket for layup, putting Ellison up 33-10. Johnson finished with 12 points.
All game long, the Lady Eagles were quick to swarm on the Lady Lions inbounding the ball.
Ellison forced 27 turnovers.
In the third quarter, Ellison was at it again. Madison Hattix-Covington stole the ball away from a Lady Lion at midcourt, and passed ahead to Gemma Alhambra, who went coast-to- coast for the layup. She was fouled in the process, sending Ellison out to its largest lead, 39-14, with five minutes remaining in the third.
Alhambra finished with seven points on 50 percent shooting, and did an excellent job all evening of being a floor facilitator.
Hattix-Covington led all scorers with 15.
“Genny did a great job of finding her teammates open all game and even came up big for us tonight on the boards,” McKinnon said. “That was one of her better games this season.”
The Lady Eagles outscored Waco 17-8 in the fourth quarter.
“At times we played really well, but we also had way too many turnovers that shouldn’t have happened, even though we outscored them early on, we still missed a lot of easy shots, and we have to fix that,” McKinnon said.
Sydney Brock contributed with eight points in the win for Ellison.
Ellison stays home to host China Spring on Friday.