Jan. 30—STRATFORD — When both of the Ellis sisters are cookin' on the same night, the Vanoss Lady Wolves are hard to beat.
Just ask the Stratford Lady Bulldogs.
Avery Ellis and Livi Ellis combined to score 29 points to lead Vanoss past local rival Stratford 48-33 on the road Friday night.
Vanoss, ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, improved to 18-2 on the year, while Stratford fell to 8-10. The Lady Bulldogs had won four of their past five games.
Coach Jonathon Hurt's club has now won 10 consecutive games, including back-to-back contests after being off for 12 consecutive days.
In the boys' contest, surging Stratford knocked off Vanoss 59-52.
The Bulldogs have now won eight of their past nine games to improve to 11-7 on the year. Meanwhile, the Wolves are heading in the wrong direction. The Vanoss boys — No. 15 in Class 2A — have now lost five of their past six outings to drop to 11-9 on the season.
"This was a great win for our team. I know it meant a lot to our guys to go out and get the win," Stratford boys coach Ray Ardery told The Ada News. "Coach Hurt has built such a great program over there over the years. We came out and played with great energy to start the game."
Vanoss travels to Silo tonight, while Stratford plays host to local foe Roff.
Vanoss 48, Stratford 33
Vanoss led 14-10 after the opening frame and steadily increased its lead from there. The Lady Wolves owned a 17-14 advantage in the second quarter and held a 31-24 halftime lead. The VHS advantage had grown to 41-31 heading into the fourth quarter and the visitors held Stratford to just two points over the final eight minutes in the form of a bucket by Erin Henderson.
Avery Ellis scored a game-high 18 points and made 8-of-12 free throws. Livi Ellis drained three 3-pointers and scored 11 points, all in the first half. Addi Sheppard was next with seven points for the Lady Wolves. Eryn Khoury and Zoey Cagle sank 3-pointers for Vanoss.
Trinity Bess led the Stratford offense with 12 points. Jaelee Korzan was limited to six points, including a 4-for-4 effort from the free-throw line.
Laina Raymo made the only 3-pointer for her team.
Vanoss ended the game sinking 11-of-17 free shots, while Stratford finished 9-of-17 from the line.
Stratford 59, Vanoss 52
The Bulldogs bolted to a 23-12 first-quarter lead and limited Vanoss to five points in the second period to secure a 33-17 halftime advantage.
Vanoss tried to rally by outscoring Stratford 16-12 in the third period and 19-14 in the final frame before the comeback fell short.
"Vanoss did a good job fighting back and heated up in the second half," Ardery said. "We still have things we need to work on but we are continuing to get better. We still aren't playing our best basketball, but we are trending in the right direction."
Walker Chander led the way for Stratford with a game-high 21 points. He also had nine rebounds and five assists. Oliver Smithwick was right behind with 19 points and he also had nine boards.
Carson Owens sank a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 points for the home team. He also had three steals.
Logan Hulbutta led Vanoss with 19 points and sank four shots from beyond the arc. Karver Trentham was next with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Layne Thrower followed with seven points. Vanoss made nine 3-point baskets total, eight coming during the second-half comeback effort.
The Wolves finished 7-of-10 from the free-throw line, while Stratford made 14-of-29 attempts.