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Fortunate plays help Ellsworth girls edge Elmwood 51-49

Allison Pax looks to make a bounce pass into the lane while Taylor Murphy is guarding her.

ELMWOOD - The ball bounced Ellsworth's way in its non-conference girls basketball game at Elmwood Tuesday.

The Panthers won 51-49 and part of the two-point difference was a blocked pass into the lane by Ellsworth's Lydia Kuhl which bounced off an Elmwood player hard enough to go up into the air, off the glass and into the rim.

It was this basket, late in the fourth quarter, plus a breakway lay-up by Kuhl, which allowed Ellsworth survived a strong and scrappy challenge by the Raiders. Ellsworth led 9-2 in the first quarter, led by 11 points midway through the second half, but never could tamp down the Raiders as Kayla Smith and McKayla Brunner were able to score inside on Ellsworth.

Elmwood had three players in double figures led by Christina McKune's 12 points, Brunner's 11 and Smith's 10 points. Ellsworth had just one player in double figures but it proved enough as Shannon Campbell, playing her first game in three weeks, scored 24 points. Kayla Christopherson and Taylor Murphy each had seven points and Kuhl finished with four points.

The Panthers improve to 3-4 overall while Elmwood remains winless at 0-6.

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