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JV Lady Lions ground visiting Eagles, 53-39

The JV Lady Lions seized control early and pulled away late for a convincing 53-39 win over the Fairfield Eagles on Tuesday night.
Ennis’ (4-4) only losses this season have come against 5A squads. Jason Wallen was a happy coach after the ballgame considering his team’s impressive showing.
“Right now we’re playing pretty well and a lot of that is coming off our defense – creating turnovers to give us easy transition opportunities,” Wallen said.
“The kids are having fun, flying around out there and it’s a pleasure to coach them. We’re playing quality opponents with a lot of freshmen on our team, but they’re responding well.”
It was only fitting for a freshman to lead the charge in the win as Hannah Farris delivered the goods with a game-high 21 points. Latericka Cox and Calliegh Morales both had their impressive moments with 14 and eight points respectively.
As for Farris, she had a pretty good idea as to why the Lady Lions emerged victorious: “We came out ready to go. That was a better first half than we’ve usually had. We’ve also been playing really good defense so far and getting into passing lanes.”
Speaking of being ready to go, Ennis didn’t waste any time establishing itself in the first quarter by pulling out to a 13-5 lead. Morales and Monae Edwards each made a couple of baskets as Cox and Farris also found the bottom of the net.
“We talked about the importance of getting off to a good start during shootaround,” Wallen said.
“The girls created some early turnovers and we never looked back. The defensive effort was great throughout the game – especially early for us to hold Fairfield to five points.”
Fairfield played better to win the second quarter 13-12, but the Eagles had no answer for Farris. She scored eight points in the frame, including a layup on an inbounds play via an Allie Rokas assist. Cox worked her way to the line a couple of times and hit a long jumper as Ennis took a 25-18 halftime lead.
“Hannah got on a tear in the second quarter,” Wallen said.
“She was attacking the rim really well and her shot was falling.”
Aware her star had shined brightly, Farris was team-oriented after the game.
“We work on a lot of jumpshots and three-pointers in practice,” she said.
“A lot of them were going in for us tonight. We still want to improve our offense and create more turnovers.”
Ennis was fast and furious in the third with transition opportunities as five different players tallied at least one steal, including two from both Lauralynn Flowers and Morales. While Farris and Cox scored on the break, Morales hit a midrange jumper on a Tia Frazier inbounds pass and Britani Sanders scored on a putback moments after blocking a shot. Just before the buzzer, Rokas found Edwards for a layup to make it a 39-30 ballgame.
“Fairfield opened the second half with two quick layups; then we picked up our defense to get our own easy baskets,” Wallen said.
“Late in the first half our rebounding trailed off a little bit, but in the third quarter we rebounded as a team like we needed to. Our execution on those inbounds plays came from a couple of good screens we set. The one [in the third] came at a key time because Fairfield was closing the gap on us.
“Britani rolled her ankle in the second, but she fought through it. She and Monae had some big putback baskets in the second half.”
Ennis padded its cushion in the fourth as Cox buried consecutive jumpers while Farris, Rokas and Morales followed in that order. Rokas had two of the team’s five steals in the quarter and Farris capped off her big night with a long jumper in the final moments.
“Some late stops in the third helped us get on a roll and bust the game wide open,” Wallen said.
“Latericka did a good job of handling the ball, hitting clutch free throws and attacking the rim. Lauralynn and Tia really stepped up with some nice defense.
“We’ve still got to eliminate careless turnovers and work on our shot selection late in games, plus you can always get better defensively. Still, this was probably our best overall game to this point and everybody contributed to a great win.”

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