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GOESSEL – It was a close game for three quarters before the Little River girls’ basketball team used a strong fourth quarter to gain themselves a 37-26 victory over the Elyria Christian girls on Monday in both teams first game of the Goessel Bluebird Basketball Classic.

The Lady Eagles held a slim three-point advantage, 8-5, after the first quarter of play before the Lady Redskins doubled up the Elyria scoring in the second quarter, 10-5, to go into the halftime break holding a sliver sized two-point, 15-13 lead.

After Little River put a couple of more points on their lead in the third quarter, 22-17, they pulled away in the final quarter of action to earn their final 11-point, 37-26 victory over Elyria Christian.

“Tough game tonight,” noted Little River Head Coach Trey Look. “Give Coach Fields a lot of credit, his team may be young, but they are much improved from last year and work really hard.”

According to Elyria Christian Head Coach Greg Fields, “We were up against a very physical and talented Little River team tonight and our girls needed to bring a lot more energy than we did. I felt like we were a little sluggish on both sides of the ball, and that will never work against a well-coached team like what we faced with the Lady Redskins.”

Lily Boughfman led the Lady Redskins with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Little River Coach Look concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “We struggled early on with their pressure and quickness but were able to get a small lead going into the half. We made some adjustments defensively that I think helped us put more pressure on them. We had a big fourth quarter from Jaylie Bergkamp, Emma McBride and Lily Boughfman. They made some big shots and free throws when it counted. We got the win but know we still have some areas to improve on.”

For the Lady Eagles, Connie Schott hit double digits in the scorebook with 11 points while Kylee Penner just missed with nine. Elyria had a rough night shooting the ball, hitting on just 23.6% of their shots. Penner led the defense with five steals while freshman Ryland Hawkinson blocked three shots.

“Kylee Penner was aggressive throughout the night and it showed in her stat lines,” said Coach Fields as he concluded his own post-game reflections on the play of the Lady Eagles. “Connie Schott had her second game in double figures and was a good leader as well. We need to finish around the basket as we left a lot of points just short.”


The Little River Lady Redskins will return to Goessel on Tuesday for their second game of the Bluebird Classic where they will battle with the Canton/Galva Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles of Elyria Christian will now have a few days off before heading back to Goessel on Friday for their next game of the Bluebird Classic when they will tangle with Canton/Galva.



LITTLE RIVER               5          10        6          15        = 37

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN       8          5          4          9          = 26


LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (37 total points): Lily Boughfman – 14; Emma McBride – 7; Jaylie Bergkamp – 6; Leah Ayers – 3; Danielle Gadberry – 2; Mekenzie Renken – 2; Riley Bruce – 2. Three-pointers made: Emma McBride – 1.


ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING (26 total points): Connie Schott – 11; Kylee Penner – 9; KiLynn Starburg – 3; Allie Stone – 2; Olivia Peters – 1. Three-pointers made: KiLynn Starburg – 1.

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