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CANTON – The Elyria Christian girls earned their first victory of the season on Friday as they beat the Canton/Galva girls at the Goessel Bluebird Classic, 38-29, in a battle of Lady Eagle teams.

It was a low scoring first quarter as Elyria closed it out with just a two-point, 6-4 advantage before Canton/Galva managed to put up 12 in the second quarter while holding Elyria to less than 10 to give them a one-point, 16-15 edge over Elyria as the two teams headed to the halftime break.

The third quarter was all Elyria as they dropped in 11 points while holding Canton/Galva to just two, giving them a cushion of eight points at 26-18 heading into the final eight minutes of play. While Canton/Galva managed to put up 11 points in the final quarter, Elyria scored 12 to give them the final nine-point, 38-29 margin of victory.

Neither team shot well on the evening as Elyria only connected on 22% of their field attempts and Canton/Galva made just 21%. The two teams were a combined 5-of-33 from beyond the three-point line. What hurt Canton/Galva the most was turnovers as they committed 36 while Elyria had just 22.

“We need to make layups and free throws on nights like this when we are shooting so poorly from the outside and we struggled to do that,” noted Elyria Christian Head Coach Greg Fields. “A lot of credit to the tough defense that Canton/Galva played throughout the night. I think they got our girls out of their comfort zone, so when we did get open looks, we sped up to finish around the basket.”

According to Canton/Galva Head Coach Shelby Hoppes, “We were shorthanded tonight due to injury and I’m so proud of the way the girls fought. We had opportunities to take the lead in the second half and really put pressure on them, but we couldn’t take advantage of it. We really need to work on valuing possessions and taking care of the basketball as we had way too many turnovers tonight. Now we have a quick turnaround to prepare for with tomorrow afternoon’s game, but as long as we keep bringing effort and energy the rest will take care of itself.”

For Elyria, they were led by Kylee Penner who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to go along with four steals and two blocked shots.

Canton/Galva’s Tia Moddelmog accounted for half the team’s scoring with 15 points while tying for the team high with Carissa Klatt in rebounds with seven. Moddelmog also had a team high five steals while Mimi Craig recorded four steals and three blocked shots.

Elyria’s Coach Fields concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “Kylee Penner had an outstanding night with her first double-double of the season as she made some critical shots in the fourth quarter to give us some breathing room late in the game. Three of our freshmen (Ryland Hawkinson, Alexus Swenson and Allie Stone) gained some valuable experience in the fourth quarter after a couple of our starters fouled out. This was the first time we played with a lead in the fourth quarter and they learned how important game management is in a pressure situation.”



For the Elyria Christian Lady Eagles, they don’t get much time to savor their first win of the season (1-2) as they play on Saturday in their final game of the Bluebird Classic when they play for 3rd against Burrton.


The Canton/Galva Lady Eagles, who continue to look for their first win of the season after three games, will battle with host Goessel on Saturday for 5th place in the Bluebird Classic.


CANTON/GALVA         4          12        2          11        = 29

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN       6          9          11        12        = 38

CANTON/GALVA LADY EAGLES SCORING (29 total points): Tia Moddelmog – 15; Carissa Klatt – 8; Emily Peterson – 2; Braylee Doughman – 2; Sage Toews – 2. Three-pointers Made: Tia Moddelmog – 2; Carissa Klatt – 2.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES SCORING (38 total points): Kylee Penner – 16; Connie Schott – 8; Olivia Peters – 7; Ryland Hawkinson – 5; Allie Stone – 1; Claire Adamyk – 1. Three-pointers Made: Connie Schott – 1.

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