Lady Eagles suffer setback at home

Morris senior forward Kaylee Pinkston puts up a shot attempt during last Friday’s home opener against Kellyville. (Kaitlyn Dillard, Times staff)

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

Morris--The Morris High School Girls Basketball team were dealt a 50-39 loss at the hands of Kellyville’s Lady Ponies Friday night in their first home game of the season.

Despite having high-scoring players, the Lady Eagles could not keep possession of the ball long enough offensively, providing the Lady Ponies ample opportunity to score.

The Lady Eagles were neck and neck with the Lady Ponies in the first quarter, scoring six points to Kellyville’s nine.

Senior Kaylee Pinkston and freshman forward Charie Barnett led their team in the first quarter with two baskets apiece.

Though they only trailed three points behind Kellyville, the Lady Eagle defense allowed four two-pointers to slip by in the first quarter, and the Lady Ponies did not stop scoring.

The Lady Eagles earned most of their points in the second quarter from the free throw line, earning six baskets out of the eight earned throughout the quarter. Pinkston would score in the middle of the free throws to earn a two-pointer for the Lady Eagles.

With 14 points on the scoreboard, it was a back and forth game in the second quarter until the Lady Ponies swooped in for three-point baskets, advancing their lead to 29-14. Kellyville swept in past the Lady Eagle defense, earning a three-pointer at the top of the quarter with two more to follow.

After halftime, the Lady Eagles had a small comeback, earning 14 points throughout the quarter. Barnett swooped in during the third quarter, earning three two-point baskets for the Lady Eagles. Though they were able to put 28 points on the scoreboard, it wasn’t enough to topple the Lady Ponies’ 15-point lead from the first half.

Down 39-28 in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles gave it everything they had, attempting to shorten the 11-point gap for a win.

A missed three-pointer by Kellyville that would have advanced their halftime lead provided junior guard Kyzia Wizenhut the opportunity to swoop in for a trey at the top of the fourth quarter and make it a 39-31 contest. Wizenhut’s three-pointer was quickly followed by teammate Madyson Lewis getting fouled and earning another basket for the Lady Eagles quickly advancing their score from 31 to 32.

Senior Kamarie Wallace would go on to earn the second three-point basket for the Lady Eagles.

With the gap closing and the Lady Eagles scoring three-pointers, the Lady Ponies watched their lead slowly disappear; yet, the Lady Eagles could not hold onto the ball.

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