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Heights speeds to win

Heights' Dreamius Smith dishes the ball off after running into Bishop Carroll's Blake Bell in the 2nd half on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at Heights High.
Heights' Dreamius Smith dishes the ball off after running into Bishop Carroll's Blake Bell in the 2nd half on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at Heights High. The Wichita Eagle

Heights' 54-33 boys victory over visiting Bishop Carroll on Tuesday night could, in short, be summarized by watching Heights' sophomore Perry Ellis play with his black mouthpiece.

During breaks in the action, Ellis would lazily push it from side-to-side in his mouth, this representing the sluggish first half won by Carroll 21-19.

But when he finally did get bored with it, the mouthpiece was locked in, as was Ellis in scoring a game-high 24 points to lead Heights to its sixth City League win of the season.

"The first half they were just holding the ball," Ellis said of Carroll's slow-it-down pace. "I just wanted to play."

After not scoring any points in transition the first half, Heights scored 12 on the run in the second half where it outscored Carroll 35-12.

The difference, according to Heights coach Joe Auer, was keeping the Eagles off the offensive glass, where they grabbed 10 offensive rebounds the first half.

"Even though they weren't making (the second chances), when they get second and third touches," Auer said, "we don't get a run-out or a fast break."

In the second half, Carroll finished with seven boards and made 4 of 20 shots. Heights also forced 14 turnovers for the game.

"We were in the right position," said Heights' Evan Wessel, who finished with four steals. "We took their second-chance shots away. We really got on the boards hard the second half."

Even with Blake Bell sitting out most of the second quarter in foul trouble, Carroll was able to bring the game to a halt and play in the halfcourt. It worked, as the Eagles ended the first half on a 9-2 run.

"We were in the game," Carroll coach Lonnie Lollar said. "We were right there. We just needed a good first three minutes (in the third quarter) and we didn't get it."

Instead, Heights sped past in opening up a 32-23 lead in the first five minutes of the quarter. The Falcons coasted in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a one-handed alley-oop slam from Ellis.

The differences in halves were polar opposite, but Heights was able to force its will at the critical time.

"We got ahead," Auer said. "When you get ahead, then the other team isn't as patient."

Bishop Carroll (3-5, 3-5) 10 11 6 6 — 33 Heights (6-2, 6-1) 7 12 17 18 — 54

CARROLL: Darland 0 0-0 0, Rohleder 5 2-2 12, Slagle 0 0-0 0, Gilmore 0 0-0 0, Bell 5 1-3 11, Dreiling 0 2-2 2, Law 0 0-0 0, Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Bieberle 2 2-2 8, Torres 0 0-0 0, Reazin 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 (2) 7-9 33.

HEIGHTS: Dobbins 4 0-0 10, Smith 3 0-0 6, Wessel 2 0-2 5, Moore 3 3-6 9, Ellis 9 6-8 24, Riley 0 0-0 0, Brickhouse 0 0-0 0, Bradley 0 0-0 0, Owens 0 0-0 0, Cross 0 0-0 0, Degraffenread 0 0-0 0, Countee 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 (3) 9-16 54.

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