By William

ELBING – It was a struggle with the offense that cost the Elyria Christian girls basketball team on Tuesday as they traveled to Elbing and took a 40-21 beating at the hands of Berean Academy.

When you only connect on 21.6% of your shots from the field it will be difficult to win, and the Lady Eagles found that out as Berean Academy hit shots at a 42.1% clip.

The Lady Eagles held a short lived 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter before going scoreless in the second eight minutes of play while Berean put 11 points on the board to take a 10-point, 18-8 advantage into the halftime break. A 16-point fourth quarter by Berean broke it for Elyria in the 19-point loss.

“We were very thankful to get a game scheduled on such short notice,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “We went from thinking we would be having afternoon practice to getting on the bus to Berean less than an hour later.”

Berean made eight more field goals than the Lady Eagles while out rebounding them 30-22 and forcing Elyria into making 19 turnovers.

During his post-game reflections, Coach Fields added, “This was a great test for us to see where we need to improve against a particularly good, athletic opponent. Berean has great length and speed. They are a very disciplined team, and they can make it extremely difficult to get good looks at the basket. I was really happy with the composure our girls showed early in the game.”

Kylee Penner led the Lady Eagles in the scorebook with eight points while both Ryland Hawkinson and Allie Stone each added four. Hawkinson led Elyria in rebounding with eight while Penner grabbed six. Stone led the defense with four steals as Hawkinson swiped a pair as well.

Concluding his reflections, Coach Fields said, “We got down 7-0 early in the first quarter and then battled back to end the quarter with an 8-7 lead. We really struggled to score though in the second as we had some open looks, but everything was just a little off. I thought that we did a better job finding some shots in the second half and running our offense against their pressure. Some turnovers and defensive breakdowns in the fourth quarter put the score out of reach, and I think fatigue played a role as well in giving up 16 points in that final period. As we continue to get in shape and work on our fundamentals, I believe that we can compete with teams of this caliber.”

Now 3-2 for the season, the Lady Eagles will host Rural Vista on Thursday night in a game that was originally scheduled for January 5.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN at Berean Academy

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY EAGLES  8          0          5          8          21

Berean            7          11        6          16        40

TEAM STATS:              LADY EAGLES  Berean

FGM-FGA                    8-37                 16-38

3PTM-3PTA                 0-4                   0-5

FTM-FTA                     5-8                   8-17

ASSISTS                       6                      8

REBOUNDS                  22                    30

TURNOVERS                19                    10

STEALS                        11                    10

BLOCKED SHOTS         1                      4

FOULS                          15                    15


Kylee Penner = 8 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Ryland Hawkinson = 4 points with 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

Allie Stone = 4 points with 4 steals.

Olivia Clark = 2 points.

Olivia Peters = 2 points with 2 rebounds.

Alexus Swenson = 1 point with 2 rebounds.

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