When Elayna Ebers is running, good things happen for the Sacred Heart girls basketball team. The Lady Gremlins followed Ebers’ 18-point performance on the fast-break and never trailed St. Paul Lutheran Monday in a 59-36 victory.
Head coach Caleb Crooker said the team relies on Ebers’ fast-break ability on offense.
“We try to get Ebers out in front,” Crooker said. “She’s a pretty good guard for us, she’s pretty fast. We just try to push the tempo, rebound, look up for it and try to get the easy basket using our speed.”
Laura Wadley scored 11 points and McKenna Beeler added 10.
St. Paul center Grace Stumbaugh scored a game-high 20 points. Crooker said the frontcourt defended well despite Stumbaugh’s leading performance.
“Wadley, and those girls who play down low, Lexie Thompson, (Beeler), they did a good job of trying to limit her possessions and get her boxed out,” Crooker said. “Maddy McClain did a good job getting rebounds … all those girls did a good job tonight on defense.”
McClain finished with five points and Anjanae Williams scored six points on two 3-pointers.
Sacred Heart (4-9) scored the first six points of the game before Stumbaugh ended the Lady Vikings scoring drought with a layup.
Beeler scored her 4 points – her only of the first half – with fast-break layups on consecutive possessions. Sacred Heart led 12-6 going into the second quarter.
Wadley pushed the Lady Gremlin lead to 12 points scoring with 3:09 left in the first half, scoring and drawing the foul on a rebound and putback layup.
Ebers ended a St. Paul 8-0 run with a 3-pointer five minutes into the third quarter. She hit her second three of the game a minute later to increase the Sacred Heart lead to 38-22.
The Lady Vikings found success with a full-court press in the fourth quarter, but converted their forced turnovers into just eight points.
Clara Nebel scored 6 points for St. Paul Lutheran and Lynda Bennett finished with 4.
Sacred Heart visits the Lady Vikings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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