By William

ELYRIA – The Moundridge girls basketball team got off to a consistent start for the 2020-21 season as they won all four quarters on their way to a 56-40 victory on the road over Elyria Christian.

The Lady Wildcats took an early 17-11 first quarter lead before pulling out to a commanding 32-19 halftime advantage over the Lady Eagles. Moundridge then cruised in for the final 16-point win by gaining a two and one point edge in each of the final two quarters.

Elyria had trouble stopping Kate Eichelberger who led the Lady Wildcats with 19 points while Kourtney Kaufman hit for 14 that included four three-pointers, and Erin Durst chipped in with 10. Kaufman led a balanced effort in the paint for Moundridge as she pulled down seven rebounds while both Eichelberger and Durst each hauled in six. Durst led the team with four steals and a pair of blocked shots, and Kindall Elmore led Moundridge with four assists.

For the Lady Eagles, they were led by Kylee Penner who reached double digits with 11 points while Alexus Swenson just missed with nine with all her points coming from beyond the three-point line. Ryland Hawkinson and Penner topped the team in rebounds with seven and six respectively, while Hawkinson also recorded a pair of blocked shots.

“For the first game of the season and competing against a very solid Moundridge team, I was happy with several things I saw tonight,” explained Elyria Head Coach Greg Fields in his post-game reflections. “We did not stay consistent with our defensive assignments, and it hurt us that Ryland (Hawkinson) got into some early foul trouble, but we handled the ball a little better than I thought we might for early December.”

Moundridge Head Coach Vicki Kessler began her post-game thoughts by giving credit to the opponent by saying, “The Lady Wildcats started out on the road against an aggressive Elyria team. Elyria shot well from the three-point line by sinking six of them. They also shot well from the free-throw line as Coach Fields had his team ready to play. I felt it took us about three minutes to get into the flow of the game, but once the initial nervousness wore off, the team began to look more fluid.”

Talking about the Lady Eagles individually, Coach Fields continued his reflection by adding, “Our three-point shooting was much improved and I thought Olivia Clark did an outstanding job playing at a controlled pace and knocking down some big shots. Alexus (Swenson) was very confident in her shooting and if she can continue to shoot the way she did tonight, she can be a difference maker in a lot of games for us. Kylee (Penner) has really matured as well despite how she got off to a slow start tonight, but she stayed focus and played extremely well in the second half.”

“Kate (Eichelberger) led the way tonight by scoring 19 points and bringing down six rebounds,” said Coach Kessler as she talked about the individual Lady Wildcats that stood out in the season opener. “Kourtney (Kaufman) had a strong game that included hitting four-of-eight from beyond the three-point line. Erin (Durst) created some steals and turned them into layups while Kindall Elmore had a solid stat line with seven points and hit on five-of-six from the free throw line.”

Coach Kessler concluded her thoughts adding, “Overall, I was pleased with the teams’ effort in the first game of the season.”

Next up for the Lady Wildcats will be on Tuesday, December 8 when they host the first round of the Moundridge Pre-Season Tournament and play Hillsboro.

Coach Fields concluded his reflections on the Lady Eagles by saying, “I believe that we will continue to improve on our discipline on defense as the season goes on. Moundridge has some extremely talented guards, and one of the best post players that we will see all year. This was a great opportunity for us to be challenged and see what we need to focus on to improve.”

For the Elyria girls, they return to the competitive hardwood on Monday, December 7 when they tangle with Burrton in the first round of the Goessel Bluebird Classic.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

MOUNDRIDGE            17        15        11        13        56

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN      11        8          9          12        40


(Player, Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocked Shots)

Kate Eichelberger = 19-6-2-1-0; Kourtney Kaufman = 14-7-2-1-0; Erin Durst = 10-6-3-4-2; Kindall Elmore = 7-5-4-0-0; Emily Durst = 2-1-2-0-0; Kenzie Elmore = 2-3-1-2-0; Emma Blough = 2-0-0-0-0.


(Player, Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocked Shots)

Kylee Penner = 11-6-1-1-0; Alexus Swenson = 9-2-2-0-0; Olivia Clark = 6-1-3-0-0; Allie Stone = 5-3-2-2-0; Ryland Hawkinson = 5-7-0-1-2; Olivia Peters = 4-2-3-1-1. (3-Pointers Made: Alexus Swenson 3; Allie Stone 1.)

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