By William

ELYRIA – After having to wait an extra day due to weather, the Elyria Christian girls’ basketball team finally hit the court on Wednesday for their first-round game of the Class 1A regionals against Goessel and quickly disposed of the visitors with a 30-14 victory.

The Lady Eagles jumped out to an 11-2 lead by the end of the first quarter before extended their advantage to 14 points at 18-4 heading into the halftime break.

After pushing their lead to 18 points at 27-9 at the end of the third quarter, Elyria Christian cruised through the final eight minutes of play to earn the final 16-point win.

“Great defensive night for our girls tonight,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “They are playing good team defense, and it turned into several transition points for us. We need to continue to be more confident on offense, but for the most part, we handled their pressure well tonight.”

The Lady Eagle defense held Goessel to making just 17% of their shots from the field and just 13% from beyond the three-point arc while forcing Goessel into making 28 turnovers including 19 steals by the quick hands of the Elyria girls.

While not member of the Lady Eagles reached double digits in the scorebook, Ryland Hawkinson led the team with nine while Kylee Penner chipped in with seven as seven girls put points in the book overall. Hawkinson also led the team on the boards by grabbing six rebounds followed by Lauren Aden with four. Allie Stone both led the team by dishing out four assists she also had the quickest hands on defense by recording five steals while KiLynn Starburg and Olivia Peters each grabbed three steals.

Talking about his players, Coach Fields continued his reflections on the game by saying, “Ryland (Hawkinson) did a really nice job getting us some points off the bench. She had been under the weather the last couple of days, so I was concerned about how much energy she would have. She really disrupted things for their offense and was solid during each minute she played tonight. Allie (Stone) did a great job defensively. She is still learning positioning, but she plays so hard that she causes a lot of problems for opponents.”

Looking ahead to Friday night, Coach Fields concluded his reflections by adding, “We will have to bring our best game Friday night as we play undefeated Rural Vista at 6:00 p.m.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES? By winning their first-round game of the Class 1A regionals, the Lady Eagles bring their season record back up to 11-10 as they now prep to play their regional number one seed Rural Vista who finished their regular season undefeated at 19-0. Rural Vista beat the Lady Eagles 26-15 earlier in the season in one of only two games all season that Rural Vista scored less than 44 points.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Goessel                        2          2          5          5          = 14

LADY EAGLES               11        7          9          3          = 30

TEAM STATS:              Goessel            LADY EAGLES

Shooting                      6-36 (17%)       12-37 (32%)

3-Pointers                    2-15 (13%)       2-7 (29%)

Free Throws                0-2 (0%)           4-13 (31%)

Rebounds                    27                    32

Assists                          5                      8

Turnovers                    28                    24

Steals                           9                      19

Blocked Shots              3                      3

Personal Fouls             15                    10

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (30 total points): Ryland Hawkinson – 9; Kylee Penner – 7; KiLynn Starburg – 4; Allie Stone – 3; Lauren Aden – 3; Olivia Peters – 2; Claire Adamyk – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (2): Ryland Hawkinson, Kylee Penner – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Ryland Hawkinson -6; Lauren Aden – 4; Claire Adamyk, Allie Stone, KiLynn Starburg, Olivia Peters – 3.

Assists Leader: Allie Stone – 3; Lauren Aden – 2.

Leader in Steals: Allie Stone -5; KiLynn Starburg, Olivia Peters – 3.

Leader in Blocked Shots: KiLynn Starburg – 2; Ryland Hawkinson – 1.

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