The Bulldogs girls’ basketball team took care of the Class 4A Panthers again Tuesday.
Ellensburg turned Wenatchee turnovers into a new season-high score and a 79-15 home win.
“We’re not really trapping, it’s more man-to-man right now to make sure we move our hands and feet without fouling,” Bulldogs coach Jeff Whitney said. “Sometimes when you just do man-to-man pressing there’s a lot of grabbing that goes on, so we’re trying to eliminate that, and I think as we get better and deeper we’ll be adding some traps.”
Ellensburg (2-0 overall) improved on its previous high set in a 70-15 home defeat of Wenatchee’s Big 9 Conference rival Eastmont Saturday, and the 64-point advantage was the Bulldogs’ biggest since they beat the same Panthers 68-11 on the road May 25.
“You are responsible for that person you are guarding without fouling, because in the first game we went through the middle of the third and fourth quarter with 16 fouls, and they kept turning around and getting foul, foul, foul, foul,” Whitney said.
Ellensburg is off to a 148-30 scoring advantage this winter, and improved to 12-2 in 2021 while Wenatchee dropped to 0-9.
Jamison Philip’s left-corner 3-pointer tied the high score of the young season at 70 to end the third quarter Tuesday, and her next triple broke it moments into the fourth.
Rylee Leishman and Dylan Philip also sank two of Ellensburg’s seven 3s, and Kavara Jones hit another.
Dylan Philip (22 points), Leishman (18), Jamison Philip (15) and Katie Blume (12) all reached double digits, and Kavara Jones (five), Layne Rogel (three), Quinn Rogel (two) and Becca Johnson (two) advanced the effort.
“We’ve got 10 girls right now, and we’re still moving around,” Whitney said. “Sometimes you move one kid one time and they come in and play and you’re like, ‘Whoa.’ You see all our freshmen, and they just keep pushing.”
Next for Ellensburg is a trip to Sammamish (1-0) of the Class 2A KingCo Athletic Conference, which beat visiting Class 1A Eastside Preparatory School (Kirkland) 53-13 Tuesday, scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Saturday in Bellevue.
The Redhawks are 7-2 in 2021.
“I don’t know a ton about them because anything you’ve watched in 24 months, you’re probably not going to get anything accurate,” Whitney said. “I’m excited: It’s nice to actually have a preseason — we’ve never ever really ever had a preseason, we’ve always had one game and then right into league because our league was so big. It’s weird now taking on seven, eight, nine teams in the preseason, kind of like what Gonzaga’s doing: They’re getting to play a lot of different teams, and they’re not playing the same teams they’re playing in league, so it helps them. We’re going to have better teams like Moses Lake, La Salle, Zillah and Tenino, and they all have kids who can play.”