PENNER SCORES 17 FOR ELYRIA CHRISTIAN!

By William

LOST SPRINGS – After being down by eight in the first quarter the Elyria Christian girls’ basketball team fought back and grinded out a close four-point, 40-36 road victory on Friday at Centre.

Trailing by eight, 13-5, by the end of the first quarter, the Lady Eagles chipped away at the lead and only trailed by four, 19-15 heading into the halftime break.

Elyria Christian came out of the halftime break and put up 11 points while holding the host team to just four, giving the Lady Eagles a slim three-point advantage going into the final quarter of play. In the fourth, both teams put more points on the board than any other quarter, including Centre building up to a five-point lead with two minutes to play before the Lady Eagles fought back and secured the four-point win.

“This was a hard fought and much needed win for our girls,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields after the game. “After a tough week of some close losses, it was great to see the girls battle back after being down by five with two minutes to go and pull out the victory over a team that has been playing very well lately.”

Amazingly, Centre put up 20 more shots from the field than the Lady Eagles did, but only connected on 24% of them while Elyria Christian hit on 45% of their 29 shots, including four-of-nine from beyond the three-point line. The Lady Eagles also outrebounded Centre, 34-26 to help make up for their 25 turnovers.

Kylee Penner led the Lady Eagles with 17 points, while Ryland Hawkinson chipped in with seven. Olivia Peters, Penner and Claire Adamyk did the most work under the basket grabbing rebounds as they recorded seven, six and five respectively.

Coach Fields concluded his reflections on the game by talking about his players, saying, “Kylee (Penner) had an outstanding second half for us, finishing around the basket and making some key free throws. Allie (Stone) played great defense tonight. During a game where we had fewer than normal steals, she stood out with four steals and five deflections. She was a big part of our come back in the last two minutes. This was a complete team effort with several girls hitting threes, finding open teammates, making free throws, and working together to stop a team that likes to dribble drive and create opportunities offensively.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES? The win puts the Lady Eagles just one game under .500 for the season at 8-9 as they prep for senior night at home on Tuesday when they host Peabody/Burns.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES at Centre

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY EAGLES   5          10        11        14        = 40

Centre             13        6          4          13        = 36

TEAM STATS:              LADY EAGLES   Centre

Shooting                      13-29 (45%)     12-49 (24%)

3-Pointers                    4-9 (44%)         5-25 (20%)

Free Throws                10-16 (62%)     7-10 (70%)

Rebounds:                   34                    26

Assists                          10                    6

Turnovers                    25                    12

Steals                           7                      9

Blocked Shots              6                      1

Personal Fouls             12                    21

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (40 total points): Kylee Penner – 17; Ryland Hawkinson – 7; Alexus Swenson – 6; Claire Adamyk – 4; KiLynn Starburg – 3; Olivia Peters – 2; Allie Stone – 1.

Three-Pointers Made (4): Alexus Swenson – 2; Ryland Hawkinson, Claire Adamyk – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Olivia Peters – 7; Kylee Penner – 6; Claire Adamyk – 5.

Assist Leaders: Olivia Peters – 5; KiLynn Starburg – 3.

Leader in Steals: Allie Stone – 4; Olivia Peters – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Ryland Hawkinson – 3.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

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