STUCKY, HOBSON, PETERS LEAD SCORING!

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

SOLOMON – The Elyria Christian boys’ and girls’ basketball teams closed out their pre-Christmas schedule on the road Friday at Solomon and both came away with near identical victories.

In the Eagle boy’s game, Elyria used consistency to score a 39-23 victory while the Lady Eagles parlayed a huge second and third quarter into their own 36-25 win.

Brief rundown of both games:

EAGLE BOYS PLAY FOR CONSITENCY & VICTORY

After trailing by a pair at 12-10 when the first quarter came to a close, the Eagle boys put in another 10 during the second quarter to make the game even at 20-20 heading to the halftime break.

Coming out of halftime the Elyria defense came alive as they held Solomon to just one point in the third quarter while scoring eight to give the Eagles a 28-21 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play. In that final quarter, the Eagles defense continued to put the wall up and shackles on as they once again held Solomon to a paltry two points while putting up another 11 for themselves and gaining the 16-point, 39-23 victory.

“We were able to put four decent quarters together tonight,” noted Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “It was nice to see the boys play that way after a long week of finals and projects. I loved our effort in the second half especially. We were more engaged and dialed in on the defensive side of the ball. I believe with our learning curve on the offensive side, we have to be very solid on the defensive end.”

Zach Stucky and Josef Hobson led the Eagles when playing offense as they scored 16 and 11 points respectively. Hobson had two and Stucky one of the team’s four three-pointers. Stucky also scored four of the team’s 11 steals while Gage Schneider had three. Inside the paint, both Ben Unruh and Bret Anderson pulled in five rebounds to lead Elyria on the boards.

“Offensively, both Zach (Stucky) and Josef (Hobson) were finding their outside shots,” added Coach Goodrich as he concluded his post-game reflections. “It was nice to see them find rhythm as we end this first part of the season. Gage (Schneider) was great in the second half defensively, being in the right position and rebounding force that we needed for this contest. We took some steps forward and hopefully we can use this break to recover and get some quality practice in before we kick off the new year.”

LADY EAGLES PARLAY STRONG MID-GAME INTO VICTORY

After getting off to a near horrendous start, scoring just two first quarter points, the Elyria Lady Eagles were down by seven at 9-2 after just eight minutes of play.

It was at that point that the Lady Eagles found themselves some offense by scoring 13 points in the second quarter while holding Solomon to just four to take a two-point, 15-13 lead into the halftime break. The Lady Eagles repeated the second stanza coming out of the break as they once again outscored the host team 13-4 in the third period to hold a commanding 28-17 advantage heading into the final quarter of play where both teams played even with eight points each as Elyria held on for the 36-25 victory.

“We had a very poor offensive night,” explained Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields during his post-game reflections. “But it seems like that happens often on that last game right after finals. Fortunately, our girls played some very effective defense after the first four minutes.”

Speaking of individual play, eight Lady Eagles put points in the scorebook with Olivia Peters being the only one to reach double digits as she scored 10, followed by freshman Ryland Hawkinson with six and both Alexus Swenson and Allie Stone chipping in with five.

Peters also lead the team in steals with seven, while picking up eight rebounds. Claire Adamyk helped with seven rebounds and five steals and KiLynn Starburg dished out four assists.

Coach Fields concluded his reflections on the game by pointing out some individual play, saying, “Kylee (Penner) got into early foul trouble and was not able to play much and we are learning to play without Connie Schott who is out with an injury. Alexus (Swenson) did a great job of getting us started by hitting her first two shots off the bench, and Olivia (Peters) is really taking on more of an offensive role while continuing to cause havoc on the defensive side. Freshman Ryland Hawkinson had a great impact on the game during her first career start, she uses her length so well to get her hands on a lot of passes and cause disruption. I’m very proud of the improvement our girls are making. With our difficult schedule, I’m happy to go into the Christmas break at 3-3. I’m looking forward to some good practices after the break to continue to work on the details that will help us be more consistent.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA EAGLES?

With the two victories, both the Eagle boys and Lady Eagles will head into the holiday break with .500 records at 3-3 for the young season. Up next in the new year will be a home battle on Tuesday, January 7, when they will play host to Herington.

EAGLE BOYS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (39 total points): Zach Stucky – 16; Josef Hobson – 11; Ben Unruh – 5; Bret Anderson – 4; Colby Clark – 2; Gage Schneider – 1. Three-pointers Made (4): Josef Hobson – 2; Zach Stucky – 1; Ben Unruh – 1. Leading Rebounders: Bret Anderson – 5; Ben Unruh – 5; Gage Schneider – 4. Assists Leader: Zach Stucky – 3; Bret Anderson – 2. Steals Leader: Zach Stucky – 4; Gage Schneider – 3.

LADY EAGLE GIRLS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (36 total points): Olivia Peters – 10; Ryland Hawkinson – 6; Alexus Swenson – 5; Allie Stone – 5; KiLynn Starburg – 3; Claire Adamyk – 3; Olivia Clark – 2; Kylee Penner – 2. Three-pointers Made (3): Alexus Swenson – 1; KiLynn Starburg – 1; Allie Stone – 1. Leading Rebounders: Olivia Peters – 8; Claire Adamyk – 7; Kylee Penner – 4. Assists Leader: KiLynn Starburg – 4. Steals Leaders: Olivia Peters – 7; Claire Adamyk – 5; KiLynn Starburg – 5.

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