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The Trojans know they can count on Ellie Gross, who earned all-conference honors last season in helping the team to a 22-9 record. She is a crafty point guard who is not afraid to throw her lithe 5-foot-8 frame into harm’s way.
“She’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest, kids I’ve ever coached,” Downers North coach Stephan Bolt said. “She leaves it on the floor every single night, every day in practice.”
Ellie Gross is averaging a team-best 10 points per game to go with four assists, three rebounds and three steals. But her impact goes beyond statistics.
“She’s got a high basketball IQ and coming down the stretch, she’s the one that gets us together and organizes stuff to get us the chance to win basketball games,” Bolt said. “We’ve got to enjoy her while she’s still here.”
The Trojans (7-2), who beat Waubonsie Valley 47-32 on Monday as Ellie Gross had 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists, do value their leader.
“She definitely brings a sense of leadership,” senior forward Alexis Parker said. “It’s really nice, especially since she’s a point guard, she gets us all together. Even when we’re playing bad, she’s always picking us up, making sure it’s a team effort.
“She’s a great person in general. She’s enthusiastic, she always wants us to play hard, she wants us to want to win. She’s a great player, great friend, great teammate.”