By William

PEABODY – The Elyria Christian girls basketball team used a big second quarter to help propel them to an eight-point, 32-24 road victory on Friday at Peabody/Burns.

Trailing by one, 6-5, at the end of the first quarter, Elyria Christian dropped in 13 second quarter points while holding host Peabody/Burns to just four to take an eight-point, 18-10 advantage into the halftime break.

Peabody/Burns came out in the third quarter and nibbled three points off the Lady Eagles lead before the Lady Eagles balanced out the offense in the final eight minutes of play to score the 32-24 win, their second victory of the week.

“This was a hard-fought game with a much-improved Peabody/Burns team that is getting all of their players back from injuries,” explained Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “Travis Schafer has been doing a great job with this group for the last couple of years.”

While neither team shot very well from the field as the Lady Eagles connected on just 26% of their shots while Peabody/Burns hit just 23%, it did mean a ton of rebounds were available to grab and the Lady Eagles out did the hosts in the paint 40-35, with 17 of those Elyria rebounds being offensive, second-chance grabs.

The Elyria defense also played a key role in the win as they forced Peabody/Burns into 23 turnovers, including 13 steals by the Lady Eagles.

Ryland Hawkinson had another big game for the Lady Eagles as she dominated the team individual stats by tying for the team high in points at seven with Kylee Penner, led the team in rebounds with 10, led the team by dishing out four assists and tied for the team high in both blocked shots and rebounds with two and four respectively. Olivia Peters almost hit double digits in rebounds with nine while Penner tied Hawkinson for the team high in blocked shots with two and KiLynn Starburg also had four steals.

Coach Fields concluded his game reflections by saying, “We put together a nice second quarter to build a lead going into halftime with some steals and transition points. Ryland (Hawkinson) had a really nice game as she was very active on the boards and caused a lot of problems with her defense. KiLynn (Starburg) and Olivia (Peters) were also very disruptive all night. As a team, we need to continue to stay focused on playing tough every possession and being patient on the offensive end.”

The Elyria Christian Lady Eagles junior varsity played just a half game with the Peabody/Burns junior varsity and came out with a dominating 31-13 win.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES? With the victory the Lady Eagles have now raised their season record to an even .500 at 7-7 as they prep for a makeup game scheduled for Monday night when they play host to Little River.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY EAGLES               5          13        6          8          = 32

Peabody/Burns            6          4          9          5          = 24

TEAM STATS:              LADY EAGLES   Peabody/Burns

Shooting                      13-50 (26%)     9-40 (23%)

3-Pointers                    2-15 (13%)       1-8 (13%)

Free Throws                4-11 (36%)       5-8 (63%)

Rebounds                    40                    35

Assists                          10                    2

Turnovers                    16                    23

Steals                           13                    11

Blocked Shots              4                      5

Personal Fouls             14                    14

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (32 total points): Ryland Hawkinson – 7; Kylee Penner – 7; Olivia Peters – 6; KiLynn Starburg – 6; Claire Adamyk – 3; Alexus Swenson – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (2): Ryland Hawkinson, Alexus Swenson – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Ryland Hawkinson – 10; Olivia Peters – 9; Kylee Penner – 6; Claire Adamyk – 4.

Assists Leader: Ryland Hawkinson – 4; Kylee Penner – 2.

Leader in Steals: Ryland Hawkinson, KiLynn Starburg – 4.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Ryland Hawkinson, Kylee Penner – 2.

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