By William

ELYRIA – Except for a couple of the first points of the game on Thursday, it was all Elyria Christian girls on the scoreboard as they hosted Centre in a substate semifinal matchup and scored a 37-16 win.

“I was very proud of the energy our girls brought to the game tonight,” noted Lady Eagle head coach Greg Fields. “It is really difficult to single out a player or two because they all played so well together as a team for the entire game. I think there were only about four of Centre’s possessions where we had a miscue on defense, for the majority of the game, our girls were in sync and caused a lot of disruption.”

While Centre scored a couple of points and took their only lead of the game early, the Lady Eagles pulled out to an eight-point, 13-5 lead by the end of the first quarter then took a 12-point, 19-7 advantage into the halftime break before outscoring the visitors 18-8 in the final two periods and gain the 21-point victory.

It was the Elyria defense which had control of the game as they held the Centre offense to just 18% shooting from the field while forcing them into making 30 turnovers on the game.

Kylee Penner led Elyria in scoring with 12 points while Allie Stone just missed double digits with nine and Ryland Hawkinson chipped in with seven.

Stone scored all her points on three three-pointers while driving the Centra offense crazy with her seven steals. Olivia Peters led the Lady Eagles on the boards with seven rebounds.

Coach Fields discussed the teams offense by adding, “Offensively, we attacked their zone a lot better than the first time we played them. We definitely made them move more on defense, so by the second half they were pretty worn down. Allie (Stone) started the game with a ton of confidence as she came out in the first possession and hit a three-pointer and continued to play with that intensity throughout the game. Kylee (Penner) and Ryland (Hawkinson) have been working on being more aggressive inside and that really paid off tonight as they played with a lot of strength, drew a lot of fouls, and ended up having a great night at the free throw line.”

Penner and Hawkinson combined to connect on 10-of-11 from the charity stripe in the game.

Finishing his reflections on the game, Coach Fields said, “At this point in the season, we will just have to see how we match up with the best in the state. We are all very excited to have the opportunity to play top-ranked Central Plains on Saturday.”

Now 16-3 for the season the Lady Eagles will tangle with Central Plains for the Sub-State Championship and a spot in the state Class 1A Division II final eight. Central Plains is currently ranked number one in the state and will bring an 18-3 record into the game on Saturday.


SCORING:                 Q1      Q2      Q3      Q4      FINAL

Centre                        5          2          6          2          16

LADY EAGLES           13       6          12       6          37

Centre Team Stats: FG 4-22; 3PT 2-9; FT 6-9; AST 2; RBS 23; TO 30; STL 13; BLK 1; FLS 12.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES TEAM STATS: FG 12-33; 3PT 4-12; FT 9-11; AST 9; RBS 20; TO 20; STL 21; BLK 1; FLS 14.


Scoring (37): Kylee Penner – 12; Allie Stone – 9; Ryland Hawkinson – 7; Alexus Swenson – 5; Olivia Peters – 2; KiLynn Starburg – 2.

3-Pointers Made (4): Stone – 3; Swenson – 1.

Assists (9): Starburg – 3; Penner, O. Peters – 2; Stone, Olivia Clark – 1.

Rebounds (20): O. Peters – 6; Starburg – 3; Penner, Hawkinson, Stone – 2; Clark, Kayla Peters, Macy Reiff – 1.

Steals (21): Stone – 7; Penner, O. Peters – 3; Hawkinson – 2; Starburg, Reiff, Randi Cooper – 1.

Blocked Shots (1): Penner – 1.

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