Ellis girls beat South; Tigers beat North

Published 1:02 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Kinsley Harbour hit three 3-pointers on her way to a season-high 13 points, Annabelle Wright pulled down 12 rebounds and the Ellis girls basketball team raced past visiting South Davie 39-8 on Jan. 29.

Harbour came out hot during an 18-2 first quarter and had five steals to go with her scoring.

“We’ve got plays designated for her to shoot 3s,” coach Roger Blalock said. “Karah (Shore), Ellyana (Holbrook) and Kinsley all shoot pretty good. They are our three guards.”

Shore had eight points. Jordyn Warren had four points and five steals. Katie Lou Cornatzer had four points. Holbrook had four points and three assists. Miranda Sapp had four points and seven rebounds. And Zoey Harpe had two points.

“We’ve got Jordyn, Annabelle and Miranda who are our bigs,” Blalock said. “They are physical and they rebound. They even get steals. They’re like linebackers.”

Hallie Head had six points for South, while Shania Brown had two.

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North Davie lost at Mooresville on Jan. 29 and at South Davie on Feb. 1. The Wildcats were undone by South’s Ashley Cockerham, who poured in 12 points to lead the Tigers to a 17-9 win that stopped their losing streak at five.

Kady Joyce (four) and Head (one) had the other South points.

“We played much better against North. We only had six players when we played Ellis,” coach Julie Snow said after South improved to 2-6. “Our game-changers have been Hallie and Kileigh Lynch. They played every minute of both games. Against North, Ashley Cockerham had the hot hand. She had strep when we played Ellis. She is always asking questions and striving to be better. This is a great group of girls. They smile and motivate each other. We are very proud of them.”

Camila Sa’ had 7 points for the Wildcats (2-5), who suffered their third straight loss. Madison Stanley had 2.

Ellis (2-3) lost at Selma Burke on Feb. 1.