By William

ELYRIA – It was another struggle with shooting that put out the lights of winning for the Elyria Christian girls basketball team at home on Tuesday as they suffered a 16-point, 46-30 loss to Herington.

After trailing 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Elyria Lady Eagles could only put up another five points in the second quarter while Herington added 16 to their side of the scoreboard and took a commanding 15-point, 27-12 advantage over the host team into the halftime break.

While the Lady Eagles played Herington near even in the second half by scoring 18 points to the visitors 19, it was not enough for a win as they lost 56-30.

While Herington connected on 44% of their 39 shots on the evening, the Elyria Lady Eagles put up 62 shots for the game but only connected on 11 for a completion of just 11% for the game. Elyria only made two three pointers despite putting up 26 attempts from beyond the arc.

The Elyria Lady Eagles did put up some solid defensive numbers as they force Herington into 26 turnovers, which included 14 steals, but were not able to benefit on the other end with points.

“For the most part, our girls played very tough defense tonight,” said Elyria Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “They had a few break downs that Herington capitalized on, but we created a lot of turnovers. We just struggled to convert our steals into points.”

Kylee Penner led the team with 12 points while freshman Ryland Hawkinson continued to put up solid numbers by chipping in with seven points and pulling down a team-leading nine rebounds. Olivia Peters and Allie Stone played well for the Elyria Lady Eagle defense by stealing four and three balls respectively.

Coach Fields concluded his game reflections by saying, “Kylee (Penner) was strong for us on offense and Ryland (Hawkinson) was solid on the boards. We are a young team that can be streaky with our shooting. Tonight, was a rough night seeing the ball go in, but we will continue to work to improve our confidence on that end of the court.”


The loss drops the Elyria girls to 3-5 for the season as they now prep for a big game on Friday when they play host to Little River.



Herington                    11        16        6          13        = 46

ELYRIA LADY EAGLES   7          5          8          10        = 30


TEAM STATS:                          Herington        ELYRIA LADY EAGLES

Shooting                                  17-39 (44%)     11-62 (18%)

3-Pointers                                3-8 (38%)         2-26 (8%)

Free Throws                            9-16 (56%)       6-11 (55%)

Rebounds                                48                    30

Assists                                      13                    8

Personal Fouls                         11                    16

Turnovers                                26                    15

Steals                                       3                      14

Blocked Shots                          3                      1

ELYRIA LADY EAGLE INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (30 total points): Kylee Penner – 12; Ryland Hawkinson – 7; Olivia Clark – 5; Olivia Peters – 3; Allie Stone – 3. Three-Pointers Made (2): Olivia Clark – 1; Allie Stone – 1. Leading Rebounders: Ryland Hawkinson – 9; Kylee Penner – 4. Leader in Steals: Olivia Peters – 4; Allie Stone – 3. Leader in Assists: Kylee Penner – 3; Olivia Peters – 2.

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