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Lady Lions trample University Trojans

Ennis overcomes slow start to win big at home
It looked like Lady Lion basketball might have a game on its hands Friday night after a tight first quarter against the Waco University Trojans, but Ennis snapped out of an early daze and dominated from there.
The Lady Lions (19-8, 6-3) won the middle quarters by a combined margin of 39-20 to secure a 63-41 victory. There was plenty for coach David Kilpatrick to get on his team about, but the most important thing to him was another district win.
“I thought this game was pretty similar to when we played at Waco U,” Kilpatrick said.
“We didn’t do a great job defensively and they knocked down some shots. Our rebounding wasn’t where it needed to be until the second half.
“Sometimes we relax too much against a team we’ve already beaten. You can get knocked off on any given night in this district and we had to wake up and play a lot better.”
Ennis really shared the wealth offensively as Tricie Fielder (13 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, block), Ashley Lewis (10 points, 8 rebounds, steal), Tina Anderson (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, steal, block) and Sharna Polk (8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) led the way. Other notable producers included Emily Rejcek (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Hannah Farris (6 points, rebound, assist, 2 steals).
The opening quarter saw the Trojans at their best with a couple of three pointers and some inside hoops to take a surprising 12-10 lead. While Rejcek was active early on defense with a couple of steals, Ennis’ starting five came out of the game with a 4-2 lead and the second unit seemed to bring extra energy to the action.
Farris stole the ball and assisted Calleigh Morales on a layup, while Te’Andrea Coleman and Latericka Cox scored on putbacks. Though seven different Lady Lions had rebounds in the first – including six players with two – Kilpatrick thought the Trojans had a little too much success of their own on the glass.
“I think University’s offensive rebounds were hurting us early on,” he said.
“They also came out shooting well to stay with us for a while. Our first group came out a little flat, and I thought the second unit came in and gave us a spark.”
The starters returned to open the second quarter as Ennis took control of the game. Rejcek and Anderson scored on putbacks before Fielder entered the contest and went on a tear. She outscored University 12-10 in the frame, burying a trio of three-pointers to go with a jumper and a free throw.
The junior also took a charge and made two steals to the delight of her coach. Lewis pulled down four rebounds in the quarter as Ennis surged into a 30-22 halftime lead.
“Tonight I was just ready to go and really concentrated on my shot,” Fielder said.
“Coach always tells me to hustle after the ball and get on the floor if I need to, but also to stay focused.”
“I finally found a combination of players that got after it pretty good with Latericka, Te’Andrea, Tricie, Sharna and Ashley to turn the game around for us,” the coach said.
“Tricie’s shot selection was better; her feet were set on her threes tonight and she was open. Playing intense defense is her game and I thought this was her best game of the year.
“Latericka did a good job defensively out there. Te’Andrea did too and she got on the boards for us.”
Ennis continued to control the action early in the third as it blew the game open with a 12-2 run. Lewis scored eight of those points with a couple of putbacks along the way and Ennis rapidly notched four assists as it got on the fast break. Farris knocked down a short jumper late in the third and Anderson tallied her third assist of the quarter on a Rejcek layup for a 49-32 advantage.
“It was big to get some easy transition baskets because we needed to extend the lead a little bit,” Kilpatrick said.
“Ashley really stepped it up in the second half and we found her inside for some easy baskets. She worked the offensive boards and did a good job of finishing inside.
“Hannah has a good shot, she just needs to keep looking for it. She did a nice job while playing good minutes tonight.”
Ennis would’ve had another big offensive quarter in the fourth, but it couldn’t buy a made free throw down the stretch. Polk, Rejcek and Washington all made good on layups in the frame while Anderson tallied a driving runner and a putback. Farris got another short jumper to fall after a steal in the final moments to close the game out.
“We were 12-27 on free throws and that’s just not very good,” the coach said.
“I made the mistake of bragging on our free throw shooting the other day, but I don’t think our concentration level was where it needed to be tonight.”
Ennis will now gear up for a big road game at Waco High on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Waco trailed visiting Midlothian 25-20 at halftime on Friday night, but rallied in the second half for a 52-41 win.
“I hate that we gave the last Waco High game away at home because it’s tough to win on the road,” Kilpatrick said.
“We can’t out-athlete them, so whoever plays smartest and hardest will win the game.”
“I think we’ll do good against Waco,” Fielder added.
“We just have to come out ready to play.”

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