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Junior High Girls Basketball vs. Smith Center

The Ellis Jr. High girls’ basketball played Smith Center on 11-7-17 and made the contest a nail-biter until the last buzzer.  Ellis came out the first half continuing to be plagued with cold shooting with only 14 points at the half compared with Smith Center's 24.  Ellis also began to get into some foul issues with Maddy Guffey getting three fouls before the half and point guard Emily Eck and Lakyn Fisher each having two.  Ellis came back determined after the half tightening the score by keeping Smith Center to eight points in the third quarter and Ellis started hitting earning ten points in the quarter making it Ellis 26 to Smith Center 32.  At one point in the fourth quarter, Ellis tied the score at 33 and then was ahead by one.  Ellis missed some shots and Smith Center gained a quick five.  The final score was Smith Center 41 to Ellis 38.

Coach Sheryl Butler commented, “We continue to struggle with our shooting in the first half plus Smith Center has a very tall, talented player that was dominating all areas of the floor.  We had discussed playing a box and one against her in our pre-game but with us being in some foul trouble, I wanted us to get through the first half before making adjustments.  The second half, our defense is what got us back into the game and we started to make some shots.  I told the girls that it did not matter what the scoreboard showed – they played a good second half and it takes a lot of character to come back from that large of deficit and come so close to winning it.”

Leading scorer for Ellis was Fischer with 20 points, Eck had 13, Guffey had three and Haley Schmidt had two points.  Leading rebounder for Ellis was Guffey with seven boards.  Schmidt followed with five.  Eck added four rebounds and Trenyce Boyce and Fischer each had two.

In the J.V. game, the score was tied at six.  Both teams continued to add to their score with the final score Ellis 18 to Smith Center 10.  Leading scorer for Ellis was Madison Gottschalk with six points. MaKenna Kohl, Hannah Schiel and Michelle Gottschalk each had four points.  Leading rebounder was Kohl with nine boards followed by Madison Gottschalk with six and Schiel with five.  Anna Moore, Natalie Schumacher and Harlie Bittel each had three rebounds.  Khianne Schaus, Toccara Boyce and Michelle Gottschalk each had one board.


Coach Butler