By William

BURRTON – Playing in the first round of the Goessel Bluebird Class Tournament, the Elyria Christian girls basketball team dominated in the first half and then held on the second half to beat Burrton handily 41-26.

The Lady Eagles flew out to a 22-point, 26-4 lead by the halftime break and then with stood Burrton outscoring them by 21-15 in the final two quarters to gain a 15-point, 41-26 victory.

“There were some good things to take from tonight,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “We need to keep our focus up for an entire game. It took us a while to get going offensively tonight. We missed easy shots under the basket and several free throws. I thought we did a great job playing disciplined, tough basketball in the second quarter.”

Talking about the huge first half followed by a weak second half, Coach Fields added, “The girls worked hard to get a lead, but then came out a little flat again after half time. Burrton is a tough-minded team that is well coached, but they have not had the opportunity to get in many practices yet. They know how to make things difficult for opponents.”

Leading the Lady Eagles was Ryland Hawkinson who had a monster game with a double-double as she scored 14 points by connecting on six-of-seven from the field while dominating in the paint by pulling down 16 rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.

Kylee Penner also hit for 14 points while getting a pair of blocked shots while both Allie Stone and Olivia Peters each led the Lady Eagles with five steals each.

Speaking of his players, Fields said, “Ryland (Hawkinson) had a great game with her double-double as she really fought for loose balls around the basket tonight. Kylee (Penner) had another solid game as well; she was also extremely active defensively and really played with composure. Allie (Stone) and Olivia (Peters) were outstanding on defense all night as they were very disruptive every minute they played. I was really please with the way Peters found open players on fast breaks tonight as well.”

Fields then concluded his game reflections with, “We still have a long way to go to put together a solid, disciplined game. Tonight, was a step in the right direction.”

Next up for the Elyria Lady Eagles will be to host Goessel on Tuesday, December 8 in the second round of the Goessel Bluebird Classic tournament.


SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

ELYRIA             8          18        8          7          41

Burrton           4          0          9          13        26

TEAM STATS:                          ELYRIA             Burrton

Field Goals                              17-36               10-44

3-Pointers                               3-7                   0-1

Free Throws                            5-12                 6-15

Rebounds – Off/Def                34-8/22           29-14/13

Turnovers                               22                    20

Assists                                     11                    6

Blocked Shots                         6                      0

Steals                                      14                    0

Personal Fouls                        15                    13


Rylan Hawkinson = 14 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 6/7 field goals

Kylee Penner = 14 points, 2 blocked shots

Allie Stone = 6 points, 5 steals

Olivia Peters = 4 points, 5 assists, 5 steals

Olivia Clark = 3 points

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