East and Ellet met on Thursday night for the second time this season in girls basketball, and for the second time this season, the final score was 45-42.
That’s right, the final score on Jan. 24 at Ellet was the same as the final score on Dec. 10 at East.
East won the first meeting at home, and Ellet flipped the script to win the second meeting on its home court in City Series action.
Seniors Christyle Briggman-Warren and Alyssa Martin each scored 14 points to lead Ellet (8-7, 5-3). The Orangemen outscored the Dragons 14-5 in the fourth quarter.
“Timing is everything, and I thought in the fourth quarter we took control,” Ellet coach Tina Wallace said. “They kind of got rattled, and I think [senior] Sarah Mason creates havoc out there. I call her the pebble in your shoe. She is a one-man wrecking machine.”
Ellet’s starters accounted for all 45 points Thursday. Junior LaQuasia Johnson and Mason scored eight points apiece, and freshman McKenzi Corple had one point.
“We just focused on winning the game and we came together and tried our hardest,” Briggman-Warren said. “I am proud of our effort. This is a good win.”
Ellet opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run to hold a 20-10 lead, but East rallied with an 11-3 spurt to trail 23-21 at halftime.
East outscored Ellet 16-8 in the third quarter to take a 37-31 advantage into the fourth quarter. The Dragons' lead reached 39-31 in the opening moments of the fourth quarter on a layup by senior Granya Pace.
Ellet responded with a 12-0 run with scoring by Briggman-Warren, Martin and Mason to lead 43-39 with 1:42 left. East senior Iyana Murray swished a 3-pointer with 26.2 seconds to go to trim Ellet’s lead to 43-42, but Briggman-Warren concluded the scoring with two free throws with 4.6 seconds on the clock.
East missed a 3-pointer to tie at the buzzer.
“We worked together, played as a team and we didn’t give up,” Martin said. “I am very proud of how we played to get this win.”
Iyana Murray paced East (6-10, 3-5) with 17 points. Freshman Angel Murray scored eight points, junior Dantea Hopson contributed seven points and Pace had six points.
“We were without three of our post players because of injuries, so we had to have a freshman — Angel Murray — come up and play, and she scored eight points,” East coach Darryl Anderson said.
Anderson said the injured players are Jayla Lewis-Taylor, Mykia Whitehead and Erica Gaiter. Johnn’e Gaiter and Careya Pace were also sidelined for a violation of team rules.
“The game was there for us, but we made too many mistakes,” Anderson said. “Instead of taking the ball and pulling it out and running clock with a lead, we attacked and didn’t finish. You have to give them credit because they fought back again. We missed seven layups early on and that made a big difference in the game.”
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