Ellinwood girls roll by Otis-Bison 49-20

Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 11:17 PM CST
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ELLINWOOD, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Playing for the bigger school, the Lady Eagles were already a favorite against Otis-Bison in Friday’s Central Prairie League matchup in Ellinwood. But with just five girls on the floor – including two freshmen – the Lady Cougars were no match Friday. Ellinwood rode an early 23-8 lead to a 49-20 finish.

Finding out just before the game the opponent had no subs, there was no fear of a letdown for the lone Lady Eagle senior Mary Dimitt. “I think we had a lot of confidence celebrating our Senior Night tonight,” she said.

And that rang true early. Junior Brittney Simpson threatened the school’s single-game scoring mark against Lyons, finishing with 35 points to miss the record by just two points. Friday she sank a trio of triples and finished the first quarter with 15 points. Ellinwood led 23-8.

Dimitt added five points in the first quarter. And as the Lady Cougars figured out how to stop Simpson, Dimitt picked up the torch in the second. She knocked down a pair of threes in a 35-second stretch and scored all eight Lady Eagle points in the frame en route to a 31-8 halftime lead.

“It was just wide open for us to shoot and we’ve been shooting a lot this week,” Dimitt said. “I was off a high from the first quarter. It was like I hit a couple of threes, I’m just going to keep pushing.”

Ellinwood was off and running in the third with a basket from Simpson and a steal from junior Bella Baker that went the distance. The Cougars were able to hang with a 3-pointer from junior Halee Morrison and baskets from freshman Zoey Schwindt and sophomore Abigail Rodriguez.

Still, the Lady Eagles were able to set the clock in motion for good with a 46-16 lead early in the fourth on a basket from Simpson. Even with a scoreless second quarter, she led all players with 26 points. Dimitt scored her 13 points in the first half, and Baker finished with eight points.

Morrison paced Otis-Bison with seven points, and Rodriguez and junior Macie Wiltse each scored four points.

At 10-9, Ellinwood has likely wrapped up the No. 3 spot in the Class 2A Sublette substate. That would mean avoiding reigning state champion and unbeaten Sterling until the finals.

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