By William

ELYRIA – It was a total team effort on Friday for the Elyria Christian girls as they dominated from the opening tip and doubled up the score on visiting Goessel with a 24-point, 44-20 win.

Up just four at 9-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Eagles pushed their advantage out to 12 at 19-7 heading into the halftime break before outscoring Goessel 25-13 in the final two quarters to earn the victory.

“This was a solid team win tonight that took a lot of effort from every play,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “The girls did a nice job of swarming on defense to create offensive opportunities. Goessel is a well-coached team, and they are playing good defense. Once again, we struggled to shoot, and a lot of credit goes to their effort on the defensive side.”

While Kylee Penner had the top scoring night for Elyria with 14 points, it was Ryland Hawkinson who recorded her second double-double of the week with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a pair of blocked shots.

Eight Lady Eagles put points in the scorebook and 12 girls put at least one stat on the stat sheet.

Speaking of his girls, Coach Fields continued by saying, “Kylee (Penner) did a great job tonight of making some really nice moves to the basket and finishing. Ryland (Hawkinson) was huge on the glass again while KiLynn (Starburg) had another good defensive game with five steals, and Olivia Clark had a good game taking care of the ball, making some good steals, and hitting some big shots when we needed them. Macy (Reiff) also came off the bench and played exceptionally well as she did not play like a freshman tonight. It is exciting to see our younger girls improving.”

Ranked sixth in Class 1A Division II, the Lady Eagles are now 13-2 for the season as they ready for a big week of challenges next week with a road trip to Herington on Tuesday before hosting Little River on Friday.


SCORING:                 1          2          3          4          FINAL

Goessel                      5          2          5          8          20

LADY EAGLES           9          10       10       15       44


Goessel: FG 6-30; 3PT 2-11; FT 6-9; AST 4; RBS 29; TO 28; STL 2; BLK 1; FLS 16.

LADY EAGLES: FG 19-50; 3PT 1-15; FT 5-19; AST 12; RBS 32; TO 10; STL 16; BLK 2; FLS 16.


SCORING: Kylee Penner – 14; Ryland Hawkinson – 10; Olivia Peters – 6; Olivia Clark – 5; KiLynn Starburg – 4; Kayla Peters – 2; Allie Stone – 2; Alexus Swenson – 1.

3-POINTERS MADE (1 total): Olivia Clark – 1.

ASSISTS: Allie Stone, KiLynn Starburg, Olivia Peters – 3; Kylee Penner, Randi Cooper, Macy Reiff – 1.

REBOUNDS:  Ryland Hawkinson – 10; Allie Stone, KiLynn Starburg – 4; Macy Reiff, Olivia Peters – 2; Olivia Clark, Kayla Peters, Alexus Swenson, Mina Aroum – 1.

STEALS: KiLynn Starburg – 5; Olivia Peters – 3; Olivia Clark, Allie Stone – 2; Ryland Hawkinson, Alexus Swenson, Macy Reiff, Hannah Froese – 1.

BLOCKED SHOTS: Ryland Hawkinson – 2.

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