Ellinwood sinks 14 threes in Homecoming win

Published: Feb. 12, 2021 at 11:14 PM CST
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ELLINWOOD, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Three-point shooting was contagious on Homecoming Night in Ellinwood. After the Lady Eagles made seven treys in the second half of their win against Kinsley, the Ellinwood boys followed with 14 3-pointers to net a running clock in a 63-30 win over the Coyotes.

“They were so packed in,” said Ellinwood coach Derek Joiner. “We don’t shoot that many threes, but when somebody plays a zone like that, where they’re just so packed in, we had to shoot threes. In the third quarter we played some man offense so there was a little more movement, which allowed our guys to be in more of a rhythm when they were open. You just catch and shoot the three.”

Ellinwood led just 22-13 at the half, but sophomore Britton Dutton already had four triples, and sophomore Koy Behnke had a pair of threes in the first quarter.

Then Tyler Stuhlsatz took over in the third. The sophomore connected on all four 3-point tries early in the frame, then was fouled on a fifth attempt that resulted in two free throw makes. With his 14 points in less than five minutes, the Eagle lead grew to 41-15.

“Making shots always makes a big difference with energy,” Joiner said. “I think we pressured a little bit more, sped them up a little bit more instead of them holding the ball for 45 seconds. Once you get ahead by 18 or 20, they can’t hold the ball. Our guys played good man defense and made it difficult for them to score.”

On the other end, Kinsley senior Cole Gleason scored eight of the first 10 Coyote points in the game. Senior Isaac Bowman came up big late in the third. After a pair of Dutton passes to sophomore Parker Scheck, Ellinwood was set up for a running clock for the fourth. Bowman’s long trey at the buzzer cut the deficit to 48-19.

Bowman and senior Alan Newsome scored early in the fourth, then Gleason added his final points of the night with a three. Ellinwood’s shot at a running clock appeared to be all but gone. With the lead at 22, Behnke scored five straight, then junior Trey Scholfield came off the bench for a 3-point play to set the clock in motion for good at 60-28 with 3:53 remaining.

Gleason paced Kinsley with 12 points, and Bowman added 10 points. Dutton led all players with 20 points to go with a handful of assists. He made six of his eight 3-point attempts on the night. Stuhlsatz scored in just two quarters but went 4 of 7 from the outside for his 16 points. Behnke made three of his six shots from downtown and finished with 13 points. Scheck scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

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