LADY EAGLES WILL BE YOUNG AND ATHLETIC!!

By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

ELYRIA – It was just a few years back that the Elyria Christian girls’ basketball program was on top of the world by finishing high in the state tournament. With that excitement came graduations and now the Lady Eagles will continue into the 2019-20 season working through a major rebuilding project.

With that rebuild, Head Coach Greg Fields played a lot of freshman in 2018-19 and now will continue taking the now sophomore’s and mix them with several quality freshman and a few reliable juniors and seniors to find a cohesive team ready to compete with whomever joins them at tipoff of that next game.

On thing Coach Fields can get excited about is the team is athletic, has speed and seem to be very competitive, all of which he hopes molds into a team that will bring home some victories despite a very tough schedule at the beginning of the season.

Here is our look ahead to the 2019-20 season for the Elyria Christian Lady Eagles basketball program:

WHO DOES NOT RETURN THIS SEASON?

  • Brekken Anderson
  • Makenzie Archer
  • Anna Shultz

WHO DOES RETURN?

  • Claire Adamyk, a five-foot-seven senior who averaged 1.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game – Coach Fields says, “Claire has already become an outstanding leader for our team as she is an extremely intelligent player who leads by example.”
  • Connie Schott, a five-foot-seven junior – Coach Fields says, “Connie is in her first year of eligibility after transferring in from Hesston midway through her sophomore year. She is very fast and competitive and has become an instant difference maker for our team.”
  • Starter – Kylee Penner, a five-foot-seven sophomore who averaged 6.0 points and 1.8 steals per game last season – Coach Fields says, “Kylee was honorable mention all-league last season and is our only player that started for the team a year ago.”
  • Olivia Peters, a five-foot-seven sophomore who averaged 3.0 points, 2.0 steals and 4.3 rebounds per game last season – Coach Fields says, “Olivia is another quick, defensive minded competitor who earned a starting position after the start of her freshman season while also leading the team in steals and rebounds.”
  • KiLynn Starburg, a five-foot-eight sophomore who averaged 2.9 points per game last season – Coach Fields says, “Last season KiLynn was our main outside threat as she led the team in three-pointers while becoming an outstanding defender as the season progressed.”
  • Olivia Clark, a five-foot-six sophomore who averaged 1.2 points per game last season – Coach Fields says, “Olivia Clark is very athletic and knows where to be on defense at all times. Olivia is developing a great mid-range shot which will be very valuable for us this season.”
  • Lauren Aden, a five-foot-nine sophomore who averaged 1.3 points per game last season – Coach Fields says, “Lauren give us great length and is a great defender out front as we meet teams at mid-court.”

NEWCOMER(S) THAT MAY SEE PLAYING TIME?

  • Coach Fields is ready for several in-coming freshman to contribute this season, with a few that really impressed him over the summer and show signs of possible seeing the court in varsity games. These include:
  • Ryland Hawkinson, a five-foot-ten freshman.
  • Allie Stone, a five-foot-five freshman.
  • Alexus Swenson, a five-foot-two freshman.

WHAT DOES COACH GREG FIELDS BRING TO THE BENCH?

  • Head Coach Greg Fields in entering his seventh season as leader of the Lady Eagles basketball program.
  • His Lady Eagle Assistant Coach will be Ben Starburg.
  • Overall, Coach Fields has a record of 69-61.
  • In 2018-19 Coach Fields led the Lady Eagles to an overall mark of 5-16.
  • In 2018-19 Coach Fields led the Lady Eagles to a Wheat State League mark of 3-6.
  • In 2018-19 the Lady Eagles finished the season with a loss to Flinthills (Rosalia) in the first round of Regionals.

WHAT COACH GREG FIELDS SAYS ABOUT THE UPCOMING 2019-20 REDSKIN SEASON?

  • What did the team learn in the 2018-19 season? Coach Greg Fields noted, “Last season was a year of transition and we learned a lot about the style of play that works best for this group of girls.”
  • What does the current team have heading into the 2019-20 season? This question was a quick answer for Coach Fields as he said, “I am excited about the upcoming season as we will utilize our speed and athleticism. We have a lot of girls that have had success in track, and they are a very competitive group of players. Last year we ended with the most steals as a team in school history and I believe we can surpass that number this upcoming season. The key will be turning those steals into points on the other side of the floor.”
  • What are some key points to remember going into the 2019-20 season? Coach Fields concluded his pre-season reflections by adding, “Once again, we will be a very young team, but fortunately our sophomore class gained a lot of experience last season. We are starting the season with a very difficult schedule, so we will have to stay focused on getting better every day, staying positive, and controlling the aspects of the game that we have control over. If we do that, I believe that we can build on the success that we saw during the second half of last season.”

WHEN DO THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES BEGIN THEIR 2019-20 SEASON?

  • The Elyria Christian Lady Eagles will begin the season on Friday, December 6, when they travel to Moundridge to battle the Lady Wildcats.

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