Arlington’s Molly Elwell breaks for the basket during the first half of the Eagles’ 40-31 win over Leland & Gray.(Adam Samrov)
Arlington’s Molly Elwell breaks for the basket during the first half of the Eagles’ 40-31 win over Leland & Gray.(Adam Samrov)

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Memorial High School girls basketball coach Larry Andrews must have had a heck of a halftime speech.

With the Eagles ahead by only two at the half against Leland & Gray, Arlington came out and outscored the Rebels 18-6 in the third quarter en route to a 40-31 win on Tuesday night.

"We have to execute and move the ball and we were stagnant in the first half," Arlington coach Larry Andrews said. "In the second half we started running the plays and having success."

Arlington improves to 8-8 and snaps a three-game losing skid.

Molly Elwell and Julia Lacoste were the main offense for the Eagles, with Elwell scoring 16 and Lacoste right behind with 15.

"They were doubling us and that means someone else is open," Elwell said. "We needed to keep the ball moving."

After the first half ended 14-12, Arlington finally took the lid off the basket, with Lacoste and Elwell each nailing threes to make it 20-13. Then as the Rebels double-teamed, other Arlington players got involved, including Brooke Hawley, who scored two baskets in the third and Becca Solari, who also scored.

Elwell's third 3-pointer came as the third quarter buzzer sounded to give Arlington a 32-18 lead heading into the fourth.

Arlington extended the lead to 18 with baskets by Hannah Andrew and Lacoste, and despite a run by the Rebels in the final two minutes, the deficit was too much to overcome.

"It's all about execution," Andrews said.


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"We can hit the three, but we have to be able to run in the gaps and shoot the ball."

Jessalyn Stockwell led the Rebels with 11 points, the only player in double figures.