By William

ELYRIA – The Elyria Christian girls basketball team closed out their 2019-20 regular season with a hard fought, 35-31 victory over Marion at home on Friday.

After the Lady Eagles jumped out to a nine-point, 14-5 lead by the end of the first quarter, Marion pulled back to within four at 19-15 by the time the two teams headed to the halftime break.

Elyria Christian held a seven-point advantage at the end of the third quarter before fighting off a Marion attempt at a comeback to earn their final four-point win.

“I was proud of the effort our girls displayed all night tonight,” explained Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “This is a very physical and well coached Marion team, and I was happy that we came ready to play tough right from the tipoff.”

The closeness of the game showed in the team stat sheet as the only stat which the Lady Eagles held any kind of a major edge came in personal fouls as they were whistled for just nine while Marion had 17.

Coach Fields continued his post-game reflections by saying, “Our shooting percentage is definitely improving but we have to do better at the free throw line. Our young girls are learning how hard they have to play, and they are getting more consistent with not taking plays off and valuing the ball when they have it.”

Freshman Ryland Hawkinson had a huge game for the Lady Eagles by leading the team in scoring with 10, pulling down five rebounds, dishing out three assists while also making three steals and two blocked shots on defense. Olivia Peters and Claire Adamyk led the team in rebounding as each grabbed six while also both recording three steals.

Speaking of his players, Coach Fields concluded his reflections by adding, “Ryland (Hawkinson) had a solid game offensively and was very active on defense as well. KiLynn (Starburg) gave us some separation in the first quarter as she hit her first two three-pointers. She was also outstanding defensively causing a lot of disruption with nine deflections. Olivia (Peters) was also very impactful on defense as she once again was able to shut down their leading scorer and was just all over the court.”

The Lady Eagles were unable to make it a sweep for the night as the junior varsity girls lost to Marion 27-20.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES? The victory means the Lady Eagles close out the regular season at an even .500 with a 10-10 record. Next up will be the Class 1A regionals where the Lady Eagles will play Goessel at home on Tuesday, and if they win, they will play the Little River Lady Redskins on Thursday.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Marion                        5          10        3          13        = 31

LADY EAGLES               14        4          6          11        = 35

TEAM STATS:              Marion            LADY EAGLES

Shooting                      13-39 (33%)     13-32 (41%)

3-Pointers                    4-17 (23%)       3-6 (50%)

Free Throws                1-2 (50%)         6-20 (30%)

Rebounds                    27                    28

Assists                          11                    10

Turnovers                    22                    19

Steals                           5                      13

Blocked Shots              2                      3

Personal Fouls             17                    9

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (35 total points): Ryland Hawkinson – 10; Olivia Peters – 7; Kylee Penner – 6; KiLynn Starburg – 6; Claire Adamyk – 3; Allie Stone – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (3): KiLynn Starburg – 2; Ryland Hawkinson – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Olivia Peters, Claire Adamyk – 6; Ryland Hawkinson – 5; Kylee Penner – 4.

Assists Leader: Ryland Hawkinson – 3.

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

Leader in Blocked Shots: Ryland Hawkinson – 2.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

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