Ellinwood girls cruise to Homecoming win
ELLINWOOD, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Ellinwood girls have not played at home since the Kansas State High School Activities Association began letting four spectators in per player at the end of January. The wait was worth it. The Lady Eagles led Kinsley 36-15 at the half Friday and hit seven threes in the final two quarters to pull away for a 65-22 Homecoming win.
“We had a different kind of confidence tonight than we did Tuesday (against Central Plains),” said Lady Eagle coach Andrew Cherry. “We didn’t get to play Victoria here. Having the crowd there and getting to have four people, and Homecoming always makes a difference for our team.”
Kinsley took its only lead of the night 95 seconds in on a basket from junior Kayla Ruiz. She proved to be the lone bright spot for the Lady Coyotes with seven of her 14 points coming in the first eight minutes.
Ellinwood picked up five points apiece from senior Mya Maxwell and sophomore Bella Baker to lead 17-7 after one. Maxwell turned in seven more points in the second, followed by six points from sophomore Brittany Simpson, and four points from senior Daphne Doll. The lead grew to 36-15.
Then the Lady Eagles really began knocking down shots. Junior Mary Dimitt swished a trey early in the third, then Simpson followed with another 3-pointer 70 seconds later. Simpson added a basket and foul, Dimitt canned another three, and Maxwell went off with three triples late in the frame. Ellinwood’s advantage swelled to 58-18 with a quarter to play.
“We finally got some shots to fall,” Cherry said. “In the first quarter it seems like we didn’t get a whole lot to go. Then we started lighting it up from the outside. I told them in fourth quarter to have as many assists as we did, it was fun to watch. We were trying to set each other up.”
Dimitt made another three less than a minute into the fourth, then senior Ashtin Klepper found Doll for an assist with 4:12 remaining. Those proved to be the final Lady Eagle points of the night.
Maxwell scored all 21 of her points in the first three quarters and also grabbed five rebounds. Simpson scored 16 points in her first three quarters, and Dimitt finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Doll and Baker each scored seven points, and Baker also grabbed eight boards.
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