HAWKINSON LEADS LADY EAGLES!

By William

LOST SPRINGS – It may not have gone as they hoped, but inconsistency scoring in two quarters proved to be the difference for the Elyria Christian girls basketball team on Saturday as they took a nine-point, 41-32 loss to Herington in the Centre Cougar Girls Basketball Classic.

With the loss, the Lady Eagles finished sixth for the tournament.

If scoring had been found in the first and third quarters the game may have been different for the Lady Eagles as they fell behind 10-4 by the end of the first quarter, but bounced back to out score Herington 11-9 in the second to only be down by four at the halftime break.

Herington continued to show scoring consistency in the third when they scored 11 points while the Lady Eagles only put up six on the scoreboard to hold a nine-point advantage over Elyria heading into the final eight minutes of play. The Lady Eagles played Herington even up with 11 points each in the final quarter, giving Herington the win and the claim to fifth place in the tournament.

“As much as we dislike losing games, I was proud of the effort our girls gave and the progress they are making,” commented Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “Our young girls definitely grew up today and learned to play more physical as we showed a great improvement from the first time we played Herington. We did a better job of valuing the ball, we had much better shot selections, and we played with a little more intensity.”

Seven Lady Eagles put at least a point in the scorebook with Ryland Hawkinson leading the way with 11 while both Alexus Swenson and Kylee Penner each chipped in with six. Hawkinson had a solid overall game as she also tied for the team lead in rebounds with Kylee Penner as they both had five while leading the team in steals with four.

Speaking of his players, Coach Fields added, “Ryland (Hawkinson) played her best game so far this season and was very aggressive. Kylee (Penner) did a great job of making things happen, and she set the tone for playing tough and physical. It was great to see Alexus Swenson and Allie Stone step up and hit some outside shots.”

Coach Fields concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “We will continue to work hard everyday to be more consistent during our games. These girls have a great work ethic and will not stop improving.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES?

The loss on Saturday drops the Lady Eagles to 5-7 for the season, but they now have a full week to prep for their next opponent which will come on Saturday, February 1 when they play host to Rural Vista in a make-up game. Rural Vista is currently ranked number four in the state.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES vs. Herington

SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY EAGLES               4          11        6          11        = 32

Herington                    10        9          11        11        = 41

TEAM STATS:              LADY EAGLES   Herington

Shooting                      12-38 (32%)     13-41 (32%)

3-Pointers                    5-14 (36%)       4-9 (44%)

Free Throws                3-6 (50%)         11-14 (79%)

Assists                          9                      7

Rebounds (Off/Def)    19 (6/13)         37 (15/22)

Turnovers                    16                    17

Steals                           8                      7

Blocked Shots              0                      4

Personal Fouls             15                    12

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (32 total points): Ryland Hawkinson – 11; Alexus Swenson – 6; Kylee Penner – 6; Allie Stone – 3; Claire Adamyk – 3; Lauren Aden – 2; KiLynn Starburg – 1.

Three-Pointers Made (5): Alexus Swenson – 2; Ryland Hawkinson, Allie Stone, Claire Adamyk – 1.

Assists Leader: Alexus Swenson, KiLynn Starburg – 2.

Rebound Leaders: Ryland Hawkinson, Kylee Penner – 5; KiLynn Starburg – 3.

Leader in Steals: Ryland Hawkinson – 4.

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