BERLIN — The Berlin High School Redcoats girls basketball team rode senior Emma Ellison’s career-high 31 points to a dominant victory against Bristol Central on Monday, 51-32. The win moves Berlin’s record to 11-5, while Bristol Central drops to 7-9.
Ellison could not be stopped in the first half. She came out of the gate firing, scoring Berlin’s first nine points of the game. Her run was stopped by sophomore Brooke Walker’s three-pointer, the only other bucket of Berlin’s strong first quarter. The Redcoats led 12-4 after one.
The Redcoats continued to terrorize Bristol Central on defense in the second quarter. The unit was anchored by senior Jenna Borselle locking down the paint while Ellison and Walker pulled down rebound after rebound. Riding their strong defense, the Redcoats led 28-11 at halftime.
Berlin head coach Sheila King gushed about her captains’ defense, saying that she likes how Ellison and Borselle operate on the floor together.
“It depends on the night and the matchup,” King said. “When we go big, it’s difficult for teams to match up against us. It’s a chess game.”
Berlin’s dominant night extended into the second half, carried throughout by Ellison’s ability to score at all levels.
After hitting two threes in the first half to highlight her 19 points before the break, she went to work in the paint. All 12 of her second-half points came within 15 feet of the basket.
Ellison’s ability to score anywhere on the floor is immensely valuable to the Redcoats, but she said her most valuable shots come in the post.
“The most comfortable shot is definitely layups because of my long arms,” Ellison said. “I also like mid-post shots.”
She echoed that sentiment in the fourth quarter, when, despite taking her foot off the gas, she made a pair of excellent shots to establish her new career-high and salt away the game.
Outside of Ellison, the bulk of the scoring was carried by Walker. She hit three three-pointers and finished with 15 points to combine with Ellison for 46 of Berlin’s 51 points.
King acknowledged her stars’ excellent scoring, but stressed the importance of the little things that do not show up in the box score from her role players.
“Maddy Sadowski is just a fantastic guard,” King said. “These kids are scoring because she’s getting them the ball.”
King also said that Brooke Walker’s sister, Alyssa, does “all the right things” off the bench. Brooke accounted for four points in the game, as well.
The Redcoats will look to keep rolling, as they host the Maloney Spartans at home on Friday. Maloney is currently 2-12 following Monday’s loss to Middletown but will have a Wednesday game against Masuk before facing Berlin.