Ellis girls win third straight

Published 10:56 am Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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Ellyana Holbrook came out blazing, Annabelle Wright ripped down rebounds and Kinsley Harbour made steal after steal as the Ellis girls basketball team stomped Mooresville, 30-11, on the road on Feb. 13.

Holbrook pumped in seven points in the first quarter to spark the Jaguars to an 11-0 lead. Unfortunately, he sprained an ankle later in the game.

“Ellyana shot good in the first quarter, but in the third quarter she twisted her ankle and was out the remainder of the game,” coach Roger Blalock said.

Wright delivered team highs in points (eight) and rebounds (12). Holbrook was next with seven points. Harbour (six points) nailed two 3-pointers in the fourth and added 10 steals and five assists. Zoey Harpe (five), Karah Shore (two) and Jordyn Warren (two) also scored as Ellis curbed a two-game slide.

“We played great on offense and defense,” Blalock said.

Holbrook and Warren disarmed Mooresville’s main weapon with fierce double-teams.

“I don’t think she scored a point,” Blalock said.

One day later at home, it was more of the same as the Jaguars buried Mooresville 30-7 in a makeup game.

Ellis 21, South 13

The Jaguars came alive in the second half to win at South Davie on Feb. 15.

Even though they suffocated South 39-8 in the first meeting, they were hardly dominant in the first half. South broke out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and led 11-4 at intermission.

The second half, though, was a different story. Ellis (6-5) outscored South 17-2 and rolled to its third win in a row.

Miranda Sapp was dynamite during one stretch. She connected from beyond the arc to give Ellis a two-point lead. On Ellis’ next possession, she scored again, giving her five points in roughly 20 seconds.

“She hit three in a row from almost the same exact spot,” Blalock said.

Sapp finished with a team-high seven. Shore had four, while Harbour, Holbrook, Warren, Wright and Neriyah Johnson had two each.

Kady Joyce (eight) and Shania Brown (five) had South’s points.

Earlier in the week, the Tigers (2-11) lost to Selma Burke and West Rowan.

North 15, Moor 10

After failing to score in the first quarter, North Davie rallied for a home win over Mooresville that ended a seven-game losing streak.

Khia Bohannon (6), Kate Mason (5), Camila Sa’ (2) and Bella Barnette (2) supplied the offense as North (3-9) scored all six points in the fourth.

“They all started jumping up and down and screaming,” coach Austin King said. “In the locker room, they started chanting: ‘We won this game, we won this game, we won this game, act like you don’t know our name!”

Three days earlier, the Wildcats fell 33-13 at West Rowan. Sa’ (6), Barnette (4) and Mason (3) did the scoring.