By William

ELYRIA – The Canton/Galva and Elyria Christian girls basketball teams battled it out on Tuesday in Elyria and needed overtime before the dust settled before the Lady Eagles of Canton/Galva were able to pull away from the Elyria Christian Lady Eagles to earn a 41-34 victory.

Canton/Galva held a narrow three-point, 6-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play and added a point to the advantage to take a 12-8 lead when the two Lady Eagle teams headed to the locker rooms for the halftime break.

Elyria Christian came out in the third quarter and outscored Canton/Galva 13-7 to head into the final eight minutes of play holding a slim two-point, 21-19 lead. After the two Lady Eagle teams finished out regulation time in a 27-27 tie, it took Canton/Galva two overtimes before they were able to double up on Elyria Christian, 14-7 to go home with the seven-point win.

“It was a battle tonight with a very tough-minded Canton/Galva team,” explained Elyria Christian Head Coach Greg Fields. “We were very cold offensively during the first half, but the girls really played better by creating some opportunities and being more aggressive in the second half. We did enough to stay in the game through the first overtime, but we ran out of gas in the second extra period. The difference at the end of the game was the free throws, they made theirs and we did not.”

Neither team shot very well for the game as Canton/Galva only hit on 32% of their shots while Elyria Christian hit just 27%. As Coach Fields mentioned, Canton/Galva connected on 53% of their free throws while Elyria Christian hit just 37%. Both teams also struggled handling the ball as Canton/Galva committed 24 turnovers and Elyria Christian had 19 though Canton/Galva made up for the miscues by outrebounding Elyria Christian by 11.

Canton/Galva Lady Eagle Head Coach Shelby Hoppes in his post-game reflections noted, “The girls fought through a lot of adversity tonight and found a way to win in double overtime. Alexa (Bell) shot the ball very well inside and out while leading us in scoring with 19. Carissa (Klatt) ended up with nine and made some really big shots down the stretch. Mimi (Craig) worked hard inside and led us in rebounding with six. Now we have to get back to work tomorrow at practice and prepare for the short turnaround with Goessel on Thursday.”

For Canton/Galva, Alexa Bell had a huge night offensively by making four three-pointers on her way to scoring a game high 19 while Carissa Klatt hit three three-pointers of her own but just missed double digits with nine. Mimi Craig and Klatt did yeoman work on the boards with each pulling down six rebounds while Tia Moddelmog hauled in five.

All nine Elyria Christian Lady Eagles that played put points by their name in the scorebook, with KiLynn Starburg leading the team with seven and Ryland Hawkinson, Allie Stone and Kylee Penner each chipped in with five. Hawkinson led the team in rebounds and steals with seven and three.

Elyria Christian Coach Fields continued his game reflections by adding, “KiLynn (Starburg), Alexus (Swenson) and Allie (Stone) all hit some big three-pointers towards the end of the game to keep us in it while Olivia Clark also stepped up and hit some free throws that were clutch.”

While finishing up his post-game reflections, Elyria Christian Coach Fields said, “We need to build on all of the positives and keep moving forward. I was very happy that our freshmen and sophomores were able to gain the experience of a double overtime game. We need to realize how valuable every possession and every opportunity we have is during the game. I know they are learning to take advantage of those times and will continue to improve.”

The Lady Eagles of Canton/Galva made it a clean sweep of the evening as they also took home a razor thin, two-point 27-25 win over Elyria Christian in the junior varsity game.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE CANTON/GALVA LADY EAGLES? The Lady Eagles of Canton/Galva are now within one game of .500 for the season at 7-8 and will finish the week in a flourish with a makeup road game at Goessel on Thursday before finishing out the week with a home game hosting Peabody/Burns on Friday.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES? The loss drops the Lady Eagles of Elyria Christian to 7-9 for the season as they prep to hit the road on Friday with a game at Centre.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          2-OT    FINAL

CANTON/GALVA          6          6          7          8          14        41

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN       3          5          13        6          7          34


Shooting                      13-41 (32%)                 11-41 (27%)

3-Pointers                    7-24 (29%)                   4-20 (20%)

Free Throws                8-15 (53%)                   8-22 (36%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    31 (5/26)                     20 (4/16)

Assists                          11                                10

Turnovers                    24                                19

Steals                           10                                12

Blocked Shots              3                                  2

Personal Fouls             20                                20


CANTON/GALVA LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (41 total points): Alexa Bell – 19; Carissa Klatt – 9; Tia Moddelmog – 6; Jayci Mastre – 3; Mimi Craig – 2; Braylee Doughman – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (7): Alexa Bell – 4; Carissa Klatt – 3.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Mimi Craig – 6 (0/6); Carissa Klatt – 6 (0/6); Tia Moddelmog – 5 (1/4).

Assists Leader: Jayci Mastre – 3; Tia Moddelmog, Emily Peterson – 2.

Leader in Steals: Carissa Klatt, Jayci Mastre – 3; Emily Peterson, Alexa Bell – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Emily Peterson, Tia Moddelmog – 1.


ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (34 total points): KiLynn Starburg – 7; Ryland Hawkinson – 5; Kylee Penner – 5; Allie Stone – 5; Olivia Peters – 3; Alexus Swenson – 3; Claire Adamyk – 2; Lauren Aden – 2; Olivia Clark – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (4): KiLynn Starburg – 2; Allie Stone, Alexus Swenson – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Ryland Hawkinson – 7 (2/5); Kylee Penner – 5 (1/4); Olivia Peters – 4 (0/4).

Assists Leader: Kylee Penner – 3; Ryland Hawkinson, Olivia Peters – 2.

Leader in Steals: Ryland Hawkinson – 3; Olivia Peters, Claire Adamyk – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Kylee Penner, KiLynn Starburg – 1.

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