By William

WAKEFIELD – While it was not pretty in any sense, the job got done by the Elyria Christian girls basketball team as they went on the road Tuesday to Wakefield and came home with a low scoring, 22-20 victory.

After the Lady Eagles held a two-point, 6-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, host Wakefield ran off ten points in the second quarter while holding Elyria to just three to give them a five-point, 14-9 advantage at the halftime break.

Both teams managed just four points each in the third quarter before the Lady Eagles finally put some points on the board in the final period and outscoring Wakefield 9-2 to come home with the two-point, 22-20 win.

“This was definitely a battle tonight,” explained Elyria Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “We have a lot of similarities to Wakefield and that really showed on the team stat line with rebounds, turnovers and shooting percentages all being very close. Our girls showed great determination to get past a very poor shooting night and continue to increase their defensive pressure to make some things happen late in the game.”

Both teams shot but 24% from the field and while Wakefield pulled down 30 rebounds, Elyria recorded 28. As the Lady Eagles turned the ball over 26 times, the host team committed two more with 28. One stat which the Lady Eagles dominated was in steals as they recorded 19 to Wakefield’s 11.

Ryland Hawkinson had a huge night for the Lady Eagles as she led the team in scoring with eight points while also pulling down seven rebounds, blocking four shots and recording a pair of steals. Olivia Peters chipped in with seven points while making eight steals while KiLynn Starburg garnered six steals.

Coach Fields concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “Ryland (Hawkinson) had a strong second half and led the team with eight points. This was an important road win against a league opponent with a winning record. We need to continue to stay calm under tough defensive pressure and take advantage of the opportunities that we have.”


With the victory, the Lady Eagles moved their season mark to 4-5 and will be hosting a very talented Rural Vista team on Friday.



LADY EAGLES               6          3          4          9          = 22

Wakefield                    4          10        4          2          = 20

TEAM STATS:              LADY EAGLES               Wakefield

Shooting                      9-37 (24%)                   9-37 (24%)

3-Pointers                    0-5 (0%)                       2-3 (68%)

Free Throws                4-9 (44%)                     0-2 (0%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    29 (10/13)                   30 (8/18)

Assists                          4                                  4

Turnovers                    26                                28

Steals                           19                                11

Blocked Shots              5                                  4

Personal Fouls             12                                9

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (22 total points): Ryland Hawkinson – 8; Olivia Peters – 7; Claire Adamyk – 3; Alexus Swenson – 2; Kylee Penner – 2. Leading Rebounders: Ryland Hawkinson – 7; Kylee Penner, Olivia Peters – 4. Assists Leader: KiLynn Starburg – 2. Leader in Steals: Olivia Peters – 8; KiLynn Starburg – 6. Leader in Blocked Shots: Ryland Hawkinson – 4.

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