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After losing Class of 2013 District 8-5A co-MVP Kenesha Saygo, and starters Deja Pointer and Kaitlyn Shearer, Ellison faces an uphill climb in its quest to repeat as District 8-5A champion.
COPPERAS COVE — There is nowhere to hide. After entering last season intent to prove itself as one of District 8-5A’s elite teams, Copperas Cove eliminated any doubt by cruising to the program’s first undefeated district championship.
Demarco Marcel Adams
The thought never crossed Analise Watson’s mind until it actually happened.
Kenesha Saygo was unapologetically reckless at times. It was never strange to see the Ellison senior point guard peeling herself off the floor after haphazardly hurling her body into the lane to draw contact, only to flail her arms and put up an awkward, off-balance shot at the last second in hopes of an and-one opportunity.
Ellison’s Kaitlyn Shearer, Harker Heights’ JaQuan Jackson, Killeen’s Jasmine Goodwine, Copperas Cove’s Shawnte’ Goff and Ellison’s Deja Pointer pose as the 2013 Killeen Daily Herald All-Area team.
Ellison girls basketball coach Sherry McKinnon saw it during offseason workouts last season following their first-round playoff to DeSoto: This group of Lady Eagles was special.
Ellison junior Francesca Patrick drives as Flower Mound Marcus junior Ashley James applies pressure in the first half of their Class 5A area-round playoff game Friday. at Waco High School. Marcus upset Ellison 47-35.
WACO — As the ball dropped through the net, Kenesha Saygo held her post-release pose — right arm extended above her head, wrist bent forward.
Ellison senior Kenesha Saygo shoots the second of two free throws that gave her team a 46-44 win over Desoto in their Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday at University High School in Waco.
Ellison sophomore Brianna Gray hugs senior Kaitlyn Shearer as they celebrate their 46-44 win over DeSoto in a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday at University High School in Waco. Senior Kenesha Saygo hit two free throws in the waning seconds to give Ellison the win.
As cameras flashed and shutters went off, the No. 11 Ellison girls basketball team looked more like celebrities posing on the red carpet then a sweaty heap of bodies exhausted after a nearly two-hour game.
Even after last Friday’s convincing 67-43 win over first-place Temple, creating a two-way tie atop the District 8-5A standings, Ellison head coach Sherry McKinnon didn’t want her team to feel accomplished — not yet, at least.
Ellison's Kaitlyn Shearer drives to the basket against Copperas Cove on Tuesday at Ellison.
TEMPLE — Kenesha Saygo called it.
HARKER HEIGHTS — Sherry McKinnon loves the games when she can utilize her entire bench.
At Ellison, five Lady Eagles scored at least eight points apiece and Ellison asserted its dominance with a 16-2 first quarter to remain one game out of first place in District 8-5A.
At Hewitt, Kenesha Saygo scored 17 points and the Lady Eagles outscored the host Pantherettes 18-5 in the second quarter for a 28-11 lead at halftime.
Ellison Lady Eagle coach Sherry McKinnon doesn’t think her team has hit its peak yet.
Copperas Cove senior Shawnte' Goff shoots overs Ellison senior Kaitlyn Shearer in the first half of their District 8-5A showdown Friday in Copperas Cove.
Ellison senior Deja Pointer (10) celebrates a play with fellow senior Kaitlyn Shearer during the second half of their District 8-5A win over Copperas Cove on Friday in Copperas Cove.
Malik Hawkins felt like he was throwing rocks into the ocean.
At San Marcos, the Lady Eagles' pressure defense held Austin Westlake and Kyle Lehman under 40 points as they won the San Marcos Tournament.
At San Marcos, Kenesha Saygo combined for 30 points over two games and contributed three of Ellison’s 10 3-pointers in a 74-23 blowout of New Braunfels Canyon during a Friday sweep to win Pool A at the San Marcos Classic Championship.
It was a pair of top-15 teams and two preseason favorites for the District 8-5A championship.
The Citizens for Soldiers club will have its monthly meeting and workday from noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.