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Eldred’s Sam Schips puts up a shot after getting past The Family School’s Jill McClintock, right, during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s game. Looking on is The Family School’s Jajce Waltz (20).

Eldred runs past
Lady Falcons

By Rob Potter
ELDRED — January 21, 2011 — For the first 2 minutes and 53 seconds of Wednesday night’s non-league girls’ basketball game, neither the host Eldred Lady Yellowjackets nor The Family School Lady Falcons were able to score a basket.
But Eldred’s Meaghan Hazen made a baseline jumper to give her team a 2-0 advantage.
The Lady Yellowjackets then reeled off 17 straight points before The Family School’s Yuliya Kats made a 3-point shot.
Eldred took a 21-3 lead at the end of the opening quarter and went on to record a 73-20 victory.
The Lady Yellowjackets were able to turn steals and turnovers into easy baskets during their key scoring run in the first period and throughout the game. Senior guard Kim Elvin had two layups after stealing the ball in Eldred’s 19-0 run to start the game.
Eldred’s Sage Owens added two baskets in the lane during that run.
Hazen finished with a game-high 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Owens had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Elvin and Sam Ferguson each recorded nine points and Emily Bisland added seven points for the Lady Yellowjackets. Elvin had seven steals and Bisland made five steals.
With the win, Eldred improved its season record to 5-5.
“We played very well tonight,” Eldred Coach Jolene Porter said. “It was good to get everyone in the game.”
Porter noted that the Lady Yellowjackets are approaching a key part of their schedule in which “six of our next eight games are league games.”
The Lady Yellowjackets will play fellow Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Div. V teams Fallsburg and Tri-Valley twice during that span and Chester and S.S. Seward once each.
Michelle Jorgensen scored seven points for the Lady Falcons, while teammates Kats and Jill McClintock had five points apiece.
“It was a tough game for us,” Family School Coach Carlton Williams said. “We’re still learning to play together. A lot of these girls had never picked up a basketball until we started practice in November.
“Eldred’s a good team,” he added. “It’s tough to defend a girl like Sage Owens down inside. Meaghan Hazen is also a good player.”
While The Family School has an 0-8 record, Williams remains confident his players will keep improving as the season progresses.
“These girls don’t quit,” he said. “They are keeping their heads up. I think we will beat a team this season, we’ll surprise someone.”

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