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Lady Lion basketball delivers the goods in Fairfield

Ennis dominates state-ranked 3A opponent to reach 3-0
The Fairfield Eagles left Ennis with an impressive 78-60 victory in 2007, behind 41 points from senior guard Choicetta McMillan.
It’s a new year, however, and McMillan wasn’t around to bail the Eagles out at home on Tuesday night. Ennis (3-0) was the squad to win by 18 this time around as it clamped down on Fairfield defensively to cruise to a 50-32 victory. Fairfield was the No. 13-ranked 3A team in the state, but Ennis didn’t seem to care as it held the Eagles to two points in the second quarter.
“Fairfield graduated their top-two scorers from last year, but we’re playing some pretty good ball right now,” said coach David Kilpatrick.
“Everybody on the team scored for the second game in a row. I’m impressed with the unselfishness we’re playing with. The kids are setting good screens for each other and sharing the basketball.”
Ashley Lewis led the charge with 10 points, four rebounds and three steals. Tina Anderson (5 rebounds, 4 steals), Sharna Polk (4 assists) and Tricie Fielder all scored seven points. Emily Rejcek (5 points, 5 rebounds) and Te’Andrea Coleman (4 points) both made multiple shots as well, while Brittney Washington, Hannah Farris, Allie Rokas, Latericka Cox and Calleigh Morales each finished with two points.
“Our depth works in our favor because teams don’t know who to stop, but when you get in a close game you want one player who can put the team on her back and lead down the stretch,” the coach said.
“Tina has that ability, Emily does if we can get her the ball in the post, Sharna’s shot will start to fall and she can be a go-to player also. Last year our starters had to log a lot of minutes; this year we’ve been able to go to our bench and get some good production.”
Ennis led the Eagles 13-8 through one quarter and then surged ahead 25-10 by halftime.
In fact, Kilpatrick said the home team didn’t even get many shot attempts in the first half – much less make baskets.
“We were getting a lot of steals and deflections,” he said.
“When they did get a shot off, we came down with the rebound and went the other way. It’s tough to hold a team to 10 points in a half.”
The coach said the team has been able to work on a lot of different things in these early games with big cushions. He’s hoping that leads to a fresh starting five when 16-4A play rolls around.
Regardless of Fairfield’s ranking, Kilpatrick thought Athens was a substantially tougher 3A opponent in Ennis’ win last week.
“I called off the dogs pretty early tonight,” he said.
Ennis will now jump from the 3A scene to 5A as it welcomes Southlake Carroll to town on Friday at 5:15 p.m.
“I’m impressed with the way we’re playing,” Kilpatrick said.
“We’ve done everything we needed to do and it’s hard for me to tell how good our opponents are. We’re putting teams away and that’s all I can ask. Southlake Carroll will be a big test on Friday; it’s a good barometer of where we’re at.”

JV Lady Lions
4 10 5 9 – 28
12 5 9 5 – 31
Top scorers: Chrislyn Perkins – 13, LaQuasia Wilborn – 9
Coach David Kilpatrick: “We dug ourselves a hole early, but the kids battled back. We got some late steals and started rebounding the ball better. There was a chance for us to tie the game; we got a steal with eight seconds left and couldn’t get a layup to go down.
I think we’re starting to spread the ball around a little more. Chrislyn had a good game tonight and hit her jumpshots. LaQuasia is starting to be more aggressive. [Freshman] Abby [Liska] is starting to find her groove and step up to the JV level.
As soon as we get everybody healthy, this team will be just fine.”

9th Lady Lions
11 5 17 12 – 45
6 7 4 8 – 25
Top scorers: Tori Selvera – 24, Danielle Hernandez – 9, Lauren Newman – 8
Coach David Kilpatrick: “The girls got off to a little bit of a slow start, but they really played well. The jumpshots started falling.
Tori had a nice midrange jumper going and for a while we couldn’t miss to build a pretty nice lead and then keep pouring it on. Tori also got a few layups in transition off our defensive press.
We had quite a few steals. Fairfield kept trying to split our traps; we were getting a lot of tips and deflections to go the other way for easy baskets.
Almost everybody got in the scorebook tonight. We only had six healthy players, so the starters logged a lot of minutes and it was a good win for us.”

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