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LYONS – It was a rough road trip on Tuesday for the Canton/Galva boys’ and girls’ basketball teams as both suffered losses to host Lyons.

The Eagle boys fell to 1-4 for the season with their 65-33 loss, while the Lady Eagles stumbled in the first and fourth quarters which cost them a 41-25 defeat to Lyons as they also fell to 1-4 for the season.


The Lyons defense kept the Canton/Galva boys from getting their offense untracked for most of their battle as the Eagle boys fell behind 18-9 by the end of the first quarter and the host Lions just seemed to build on the lead from that point on.

By halftime the Eagles were down 34-20 as Lyons cruised to their 32-point, 65-33, victory.

While full stats were unavailable due to technical issues, Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan did note that Xavier Westbrook led Canton/Galva with 11 points while Brandon Minson just missed double digits with eight.

“We committed way too many turnovers tonight against a very good Lyons team,” explained Coach Duncan. “Their pressure defense gave us fits, though we did come out and did some good things offensively to start the third quarter. Unfortunately, once we cut the lead to 10, we made too many mistakes and they capitalized on every one of them. Xavier (Westbrook) played with great energy and aggression tonight. The boys are working hard, and we will continue to improve as the year progresses.”


It was the early game offensive struggles by the Canton/Galva girls that were caused by a stiff Lyons defense that put the Lady Eagles behind the eight-ball as they only scored three first quarter points and trailed 11-3 after the first eight minutes of play.

Playing Lyons almost straight up, Canton/Galva scored six to the Lady Lions eight in the second quarter but still trailed 19-9 at the halftime break.

Once again, in the third quarter the Lady Eagles kept up with Lyons though they were unable to chip into the lead and still were behind, 31-20 heading into the final quarter of play. Once again, in that final eight minutes of action the Lady Eagles offense had major struggles with the Lyons defense and scored just five more points as the Lady Lions pulled away for their 16-point, 41-25 victory.

Tia Moddelmog was the leader of the Lady Eagle offense as she put 12 points in the scorebook, including nine from hitting three three-pointers, while freshman Mimi Craig tried to keep the Lady Lions busy in the paint by pulling down nine rebounds.

“The girls were in a tough position tonight,” explained Lady Eagle Head Coach Shelby Hoppes. “Not being able to practice on Monday due to the weather hurt us in preparation for a really good Lyons team. Then we started off sluggish, but we were able to battle all the way back to within six in the third quarter. We just couldn’t ever get even.”

Coach Hoppes concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “Their height really bothered us on both ends of the floor, but freshman Mimi Craig really battled tonight down low with a team high nine rebounds. We are starting to execute better on the offensive end, and we got good looks at the basket. We just need to start capitalizing on those good looks.”


Both the Canton/Galva Eagle boys and the Lady Eagles will have one more contest before they head into the holiday break and that will be on Friday when they play host to Herington.



CANTON/GALVA     9          11       13       0          = 33

Lyons                         18       16       20       11       = 65

CANTON/GALVA EAGLE SCORING (what was available due to technical issues): Xavier Westbrook – 11; Brandon Minson – 8; Christian Darrah – 3; Kinser Colgin – 2; Tyson Struber -2. Three-pointers Made: Brandon Minson – 2.



LADY EAGLES           3          6          11       5          = 25

Lyons                         11       8          12       10       = 41

CANTON/GALVA LADY EAGLE SCORING (25 total points): Tia Moddelmog – 12; Carissa Klatt – 6; Mimi Craig – 5; Braylee Doughman – 2. Three-pointers Made (5): Tia Moddelmog – 3; Carissa Klatt – 2. Leading Rebounder: Mimi Craig – 9.

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