PENNER, SCHOTT LEAD LADY EAGLES TO WIN!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
GOESSEL – Playing for third place at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel on Saturday, the Elyria Christian girls basketball team used a solid defensive effort to score a 36-23 victory over Burrton.
The Lady Eagles held just a three-point, 11-8, lead after the first quarter of play before extending the advantage out to nine points at 25-16 heading into the halftime break.
Neither team were able to muster much offense in the third quarter as Burrton scored just four points and Elyria was only able to get one basket to go in. Despite the offensive struggles, the Lady Eagles still held a seven-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes of action. More tough, tight defense kept Burrton in check as they only scored three more points in the final quarter while the Lady Eagles put nine more points on the scoreboard to reach their final 13-point, 36-23 victory.
“I was very pleased with the defensive pressure our girls displayed tonight,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “That was especially true in the second half when we held Burrton to just seven points and not a single field goal in those final two quarters. It’s fun to see our players starting to mature over the last few days. They are starting to handle pressure a little better, reduce the turnovers and play with more mental toughness.”
Kylee Penner continued her strong week of play where she averaged in double digits over all three games by scoring 10 along with Connie Schott. Schott and Olivia Peters each had three steals as the Lady Eagles totaled 12 for the game. It was a true team effort in the paint as six different Elyria players recorded at least a pair of rebounds, including Claire Adamyk with six and four each for freshman Ryland Hawkinson, plus Kylee Penner and Olivia Peters. The Lady Eagle defense held the Burrton shooting to connecting on just 17% of their shots for the game.
“Kylee (Penner) had an excellent tournament by averaging double digits in scoring while reducing her turnovers from last season dramatically,” continued Coach Fields as he made some reflections on his players. “Claire Adamyk was a great leader today as she led the team in rebounds and controlled the tempo of the game as we are still learning how to play with a lead.”
Coach Field concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “This was the first time our girls’ team has won any hardware at a tournament since our run at the state tournament in 2016. It was pretty special to see them celebrate, and if we can continue to improve, this group can experience more times like this in the future.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES?
Now that the Lady Eagles have evened their record for the season at 2-2, they will be looking for another victory on Tuesday, December 17, when they play host to WAHAA.
ELYRIA CHRISTIAN vs. BURRTON SCORING:
LADY EAGLES 11 14 2 9 = 36
Burrton 8 8 4 3 = 23
LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING (36 total points): Kylee Penner – 10; Connie Schott – 10; Ryland Hawkinson – 4; Olivia Peters – 4; Allie Stone – 4; Claire Adamyk – 4. Three-pointers Made (2): Connie Schott – 1; Allie Stone – 1.
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