By William

LOST SPRINGS – It was low scoring with lots of defense on Friday as the Elyria Christian girls basketball team beat Peabody/Burns 26-11 in the consolation bracket of the Centre Cougar Girls Basketball Classic.

Now 5-6 for the season the Elyria Lady Eagles will return to Lost Springs on Saturday at 2:00 to battle with Herington for fifth place in the tournament. Herington beat Solomon on Friday.

Much of the scoring was done early as the Lady Eagles took a two-point, 10-8 lead out of the first quarter and then extended their advantage to seven at 17-10 going into the halftime break.

After Elyria scored nine in the third quarter while holding Peabody/Burns to just one point, no other points were scored in the game to give the Lady Eagles the final 15-point victory.

“This was a good defensive effort tonight by our girls,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “Peabody/Burns has a guard who could be the best ball handler in our league, and she is extremely athletic. She had all eight of their points in the first quarter and we switched to a box and one. Olivia (Peters) and Allie (Stone) did an outstanding job shutting her down the rest of the night.”

Neither team had a good night shooting as the Lady Eagles hit just 25% of their shots from the field while Peabody/Burns only connected on 15%. Elyria did force 20 turnovers with 15 of those coming from steals.

Kylee Penner was the lone Lady Eagle to reach double digits in the scorebook as she hit for 10 while also leading the team in rebounds with eight. No other Lady Eagle scored more than three, though six girls put points in the scorebook.

“Kylee (Penner) had a nice night playing very strong on both ends of the court,” added Coach Fields as he continued his post-game reflections. “Olivia (Clark) was very solid for us tonight as well while Alexus (Swenson) has moved into a starting position during this tournament while we get some girls healthy because of her outside scoring threat. I was really pleased with her defensive effort tonight as she had three steals and was consistently active.”

Coach Fields concluded his reflections by pointing out, “We are continuing to struggle offensively, but we are showing signs of improvement. The girls are being patient looking for their shots, and they are not forcing things as much. We’ve had several girls hit some outside shots in the last couple of games, and that is starting to open things up inside against the zone. We just need to finish around the basket.”


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY EAGLES               10        7          9          0          = 26

Peabody/Burns            8          2          1          0          = 11

TEAM STATS:              LADY EAGLES               Peabody/Burns

Shooting                      9-36 (25%)                   5-32 (16%)

3-Pointers                    3-16 (19%)                   0-4 (0%)

Free Throws                5-8 (66%)                     1-4 (25%)

Assists                          0                                  9

Rebounds (Off/Def)    31 (3/28)                     26 (3/23)

Turnovers                    15                                20

Steals                           15                                6

Blocked Shots              3                                  2

Personal Fouls             7                                  9

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLE INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (26 total points): Kylee Penner – 10; Alexus Swenson – 3; Olivia Clark – 3; Claire Adamyk – 3; KiLynn Starburg – 3; Allie Stone – 2; Lauren Aden – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (3): Alexus Swenson, KiLynn Starburg, Olivia Clark – 1.

Assists Leaders: Olivia Peters, KiLynn Starburg, Olivia Clark, Claire Adamyk – 2.

Rebound Leaders: Kylee Penner – 8; Claire Adamyk – 4; Ryland Hawkinson – 3.

Leader in Steals: Alexus Swenson – 3; Kylee Penner – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Ryland Hawkinson, Claire Adamyk – 1.

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