Ellis girls peak at the right time

Published 10:57 am Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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The Ellis girls basketball team peaked at the right time, winning six of seven games and advancing to the Tri-County Conference Tournament semifinals with a pair of postseason victories.

The Jaguars did, however, have their three-game winning streak snapped at home against Selma Burke on Feb. 20, the Bears dominating throughout in a 41-23 decision.

Kinsley Harbour (11 points) hit double figures for the fourth time. Karah Shore and Annabelle Wright had four each, while Ellyana Holbrook and Miranda Sapp had two apiece.

North 20, South 12

After starting 2-9, North Davie won twice in a span of six days, including a home game against South Davie on Feb. 20.

North’s lead was only 14-10 at the end of the third, but the Wildcats, behind Camila Sa’s 10 points and Kate Mason’s eight, pulled away in the fourth. Bella Barnette chipped in two.

“Passing has gotten a lot better,” North coach Austin King said. “We’re swinging and moving the ball instead of trying to dribble through the defense. Getting the ball inside now instead of only 3-point shots. We’re looking a lot better.”

Ellis 17, North 0

Ellis blanked North in the final regular-season game on Feb. 21. The Jaguar points came from Harbour (7), Shore (6) and Jordyn Warren (4).

Ellis 29, South 12

In the first round of the conference tournament on Feb. 22 at Ellis, the Jaguars defeated South for the third time.

Getting seven points from Holbrook and six each from Sapp, Shore and Wright, Ellis outscored the Tigers 22-3 in the middle quarters. Harbour and Natalie Hernandez had two each.

The scorers for South (2-13) were Ashley Cockerham (3), Kady Joyce (2), Kileigh Lynch (2), Shania Brown (2), Hallie Head (2) and Karileigh Munday (1).

In the quarterfinals, Ellis (9-6) rolled past Corriher-Lipe 27-13.

Moor 12, North 9

After the teams split in the regular season, Mooresville took the rubber match in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 22.

The Wildcats (4-11) trailed by three at the end of the first three quarters and could not get over the hump. Sa’ and Barnette had five and four points, respectively.

“We lost but it was a great game,” King said.