By William

ELYRIA – In a makeup game on Monday, the Little River boys’ basketball team made a short trip to Elyria to tangle with the Elyria Christian Eagles and came home with a hard fought, 52-35 victory.

The Redskins bounced out to a comfortable 11-point, 17-6, first quarter lead before Elyria Christian chipped three points off the lead by the halftime break, leaving Little River with just an eight-point advantage at 29-21.

Coming out in the second half, the Redskins defense put the clamps on the Eagle offense, holding them to just six points in the third quarter and only another eight in the final eight minutes of play while putting 23 points on the scoreboard themselves to give the Redskins the final 17-point win.

While Little River’s leading scorer Jayden Garrison was held in check by the Eagle defense, Keaton Richardson put the offense on his shoulders and dropped in four three-pointers on his way to a 16-point game. Trey Rolfs also hit for double digits for the Redskins as he scored 15, while Garrison was held to single digits with just eight. As a team the Redskins hit a blistering 66% of their shots from the field on the evening with 15 assists being dished out on the teams 21 made field goals.

Garrison and Rolfs took care of the rebounding for Little River as they pulled down eight and six respectively while Braxton Lafferty and Rylan Konen each collected five.

For Elyria Christian, Head Coach Zach Goodrich pointed out, “There are some takeaways from this game that we will need to learn from. Little River is a great team, and it showed tonight. Anytime you give up 17 points in the first quarter and score only six, it is going to be tough to stay in the game. We were able to get some looks in the first quarter, but when shots are not falling and Little River is able to string some baskets together in a row, it is hard to keep getting stops and that was kind of the way the first quarter went. The boys battled and were able to cut the lead down to eight by the half but then we weren’t able to capitalize on that in the second half.”

Zach Stucky and Bret Anderson led the Eagles in the scorebook with 10 points each while Jackson Stone chipped in with six. Anderson and Gage Schneider did their best to give the Eagles more chances by pulling down six and five rebounds, of which six were on the offensive boards.

Coach Goodrich concluded his game reflections by adding, “Defensively, we had some good moments, but they had some players hit big shots to keep us at a distant. Overall, we did do some better things from playing a team of Little River’s quality. We just struggled to put the ball in the basket and some nights go that way. We will need to regroup and get ready for a quick turnaround as we host Canton/Galva on Tuesday.”

In the junior varsity matchup, Little River prevailed over Elyria Christian 31-26.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS? Now 12-3 for the season the Little River boys continue a very busy week with a home game on Tuesday against Wakefield, a makeup home game on Thursday with Centre before finishing out the week on the road at Solomon on Friday.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES?  The loss drops the Eagles to 9-7 for the season as they return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they host Canton/Galva before getting a couple of days to prep for a Friday road trip to Centre.


SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

REDSKINS        17        12        11        12        = 53

EAGLES            6          15        6          8          = 35

TEAM STATS:              REDSKINS        EAGLES

Shooting                      21-32 (66%)     16-49 (33%)

3-Pointers                    6-8 (75%)         0-11 (0%)

Free Throws                4-12 (33%)       3-7 (43%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    29 (4/25)         21 (11/10)

Assists                          13                    4

Turnovers                    15                    10

Steals                           4                      5

Blocked Shots              4                      0

Personal Fouls             12                    14


LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (53 total points): Keaton Richardson – 16; Trey Rolfs – 15; Jayden Garrison – 8; Braxton Lafferty – 6; Rylan Konen – 4; Dalton Mantz – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (6): Keaton Richardson – 4; Trey Rolfs, Dalton Mantz – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Jayden Garrison – 8; Trey Rolfs – 6; Braxton Lafferty, Rylan Konen – 5.

Assist Leader: Jayden Garrison – 5; Trey Rolfs – 4; Braxton Lafferty – 3.

Leader in Steals: Trey Rolfs – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Trey Rolfs, Braxton Lafferty – 2.


ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (35 total points): Zach Stucky – 10; Bret Anderson – 10; Jackson Stone – 6; Gage Schneider – 4; Keyan Wiggers – 4; Josef Hobson – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Bret Anderson – 6; Gage Schneider – 5; Keyan Wiggers – 4.

Assist Leaders: Zach Stucky, Josef Hobson, Ben Unruh, Gage Schneider – 1.

Leader in Steals: Bret Anderson – 3.

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