Orange Peel Bulldogs

Ellet Girls Win a Close One
Posted on 12/18/2018
Image of Ellet Girls Basketball(Michael Beaven for Beacon Journal)

Ellet senior girls basketball players Alyssa Martin and Christyle Briggman-Warren each bring something different to the court.

Martin possesses height, and Briggman-Warren relies on quickness.

Monday night, each scored 15 points to lead visiting Ellet to a 44-42 victory over Woodridge.

Ellet (3-5) put together solid first and third quarters to secure the win. Woodridge (0-6) had a better showing in the second and fourth quarters but was unable to get the win as an off-balance 3-pointer missed as time expired.

“We came together, and we decided to work as a teamand talk,” said Martin, a 6-foot-2 center who also had 22 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. “We played with more passion.”

Briggman-Warren’s stat line also included four steals, four rebounds and three assists.

“We had this nice talk at halftime, and we came together in the second half,” said Briggman-Warren, a 5-8 forward. “We came out here with heart and passion, and we really wanted to win this game.”

Sophomore Layla Foster paced Woodridge with 15 points. Junior Libby Howard contributed 10 points and four steals, and freshman Izzy Best had seven points and six steals.

“We have a young team of girls who competed from the tip-off to the end of the game,” Woodridge coach Chris Nauer said. “We played four quarters of basketball, and we are asking some young girls to get into some varsity roles just this year.

“It is taking time, but we are right there. We are knocking on the door, and we are excited as a staff and as a program. ... We have freshmen, sophomores and juniors. We have no seniors in the program this year.”

Ellet jumped out to a 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Woodridge rallied for a 19-17 advantage at halftime with Foster scoring 10 points in the second quarter.

Ellet regrouped and led 33-29 through three quarters with scoring coming exclusively from Martin, Briggman-Warren and freshman McKenzi Corple.

The Orangemen extended their lead to 39-31 with 6:25 to go in the fourth quarter on a layup by Briggman-Warren and a layup and two free throws by Martin. The Bulldogs charged back with Best, Foster and junior Kayla Kearns (six points), but the rally came up short.

Corple finished with 11 points. Ellet junior LaQuasia Johnson added two points, four rebounds and three steals, and senior Sarah Mason had one point, five steals and four rebounds.

Ellet coach Tina Wallace said she was happy to record a win, and added she has “awesome kids.” She also admitted that “execution was not at its finest” for either team.

“At halftime, we had a very nice talk,” Wallace said. ”... This team is starting to understand the concept of it is not about you personally, it is about what we can do collectively.”

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