PETERS, HAWKINSON, STUCKY LEAD EAGLES!

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

ELYRIA – It was a rough Tuesday night for both the Elyria Christian boys’ and girls’ basketball teams as they played host and lost to WAHAA (Wichita Area Homeschool Athletic Association).

Despite putting up 27 points in the second half the Elyria Christian Lady Eagles lost 48-36, while the Elyria Christian Eagle boys were humbled by 20-points, 52-32. The losses dropped both Elyria teams to 2-3 for the season.

A brief on both games:

EAGLE BOYS LOSE BY 20:

After trailing by just one-point, 10-9, at the end of the first quarter, the Elyria Christian boys were only able to score one point in the second quarter and went into the halftime break down by eight at 18-10. WAHAA came out of the halftime and put 16 more points on the scoreboard while holding the Eagles to just five, giving them an advantage of 34-15 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

And while that final quarter was a wild one where the two teams combined for 35 points, the Elyria Christian Eagles never gained any ground and ended up losing by 20, 52-32.

“We are struggling to find some offense and hopefully we can get it turned around soon with league play starting on Friday,” noted Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “It was a one-point contest after the first quarter with Wichita Homeschool leading 10-9 and I was very pleased with the looks we were able to get. The second quarter we kind of fell flat and scored just one point and in any contest, it will be really difficult to win many ball games when you score just one point in any quarter.”

While eight Eagles put points in the scorebook on the night, only Zach Stucky scored enough to reach double digits with 10. The Eagles were competitive in the paint as five different players recorded at least three rebounds, led by Gage Schneider and Bret Anderson with four each.

Coach Goodrich concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “In that fourth quarter we seemed to find some offense and opportunities that might help us as we prepare for the next game, but we will need to learn to do it for all four quarters. I need to do a better job in putting us in positions to be successful on the offensive end, and we need to make some shots. I believe that will help our confidence as well if we see a few more shots go in.”

POOR FIRST HALF HAMPERS LADY EAGLES:

If you only were to count the second half of the Elyria Christian girls’ game, the Lady Eagles would be a three-point, 27-24 winner.

Unfortunately, that came after a major struggle on offense in the first half when the Lady Eagles could only put nine points total in the scorebook while visiting Wichita Homeschool scored 24 to take a 15-point, 24-9 advantage into the halftime break. When you add the two halves together, Wichita Homeschool came out a dozen points ahead on the scoreboard in beating the Lady Eagles 48-36.

“I was very happy with the way our girls competed tonight, especially in the second half,” explained Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “I think they were a little shell shocked with the size and athleticism of Wichita Homeschool when the game started. When Connie Schott went out with an injury less than two minutes into the game as well, it took some time for everyone to make adjustments. This could have been a game that easily could have gotten away from us, but the girls continued to battle for all four quarters.”

Only four Lady Eagles put points on the scoreboard, with Olivia Peters leading the way with 16 while freshman Ryland Hawkinson stepped up and chipped in with 10. Elyria had a three girls tag team taking care of business under the basket as Claire Adamyk grabbed seven rebounds and both Olivia Peters and Kylee Penner hauled in six.

Coach Fields continued his post-game reflections by talking about a few of the key players, saying, “Olivia Peters was exceptional for us all night as she is typically, we can rely on her for defense  but she also led the team in scoring to go along with six steals. As everyone on the court was running out of gas, she seemed to get more energy as the game went on. Plus, Ryland Hawkinson grew up a lot as the game progressed. She was a little timid in the first half going up against a six-foot-two senior. We told Ryland at half time to go strong to the hoop and not worry about getting shots blocked and she went out and had eight of her ten points in the second half while playing much more aggressively.”

“I’m hoping that our girls are learning how hard they have to play on every possession,” said Coach Fields as he concluded his reflections. “We have a long way to go to get consistent production, but tonight was a step in the right direction.”

WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Both the Elyria Christian teams will close out their pre-Christmas break schedule on Friday when they travel to Solomon.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES vs. WAHAA SCORING:

WAHAA                       10        8          16        18        = 52

ELYRIA EAGLES            9          1          5          17        = 32

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLE SCORING (32 total points): Zach Stucky – 10; Bret Anderson – 6; Ben Unruh – 5; Alec Huddle – 3; Gage Schneider – 3; Kevan Wiggers – 2; Colby Clark – 2; Josef Hobson – 1. Three-pointers Made (2): Zach Stucky – 1; Alex Huddle – 1. Leading Rebounders: Gage Schneider – 4; Bret Anderson – 4; Josef Hobson – 3; Ben Unruh – 3; Colby Clark – 3. Blocked Shots – Gage Schneider – 2.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES vs. WAHAA SCORING:

WAHAA                       12        12        14        10        = 48

ELYRIA LADY EAGLES   5          4          12        15        = 36

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES SCORING (36 total points): Olivia Peters – 16; Ryland Hawkinson – 10; Kylee Penner – 6; KiLynn Starburg – 4. Leading Rebounders: Claire Adamyk – 7; Olivia Peters – 6; Kylee Penner – 6.

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