By William / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
ELYRIA – It was a solid team effort for the Elyria Christian boys on Tuesday as they played host to Herington and buried the visitors with a 30-point, 53-23 victory.
The Eagles are currently ranked #3 in Class 1A Division II, and the dominating win gives them a season mark of 13-2 as they prep for a huge battle on the road Friday at Little River as the Redskins are now ranked #4 in Class 1A Division I.
With the dominating win, the Eagles are now 13-2 on the season and
“It’s always good to see the bench produce and tonight was a night our bench brought great production and a solid effort on both ends of the floor,” explained Eagle head coach Zach Goodrich. “Andrew (Huxman), Josh (Allen), and Silas (Redenbaugh) were a combined 14-of-16 from the field. We will take that every night, and I am hoping it’s a confident builder for all three because they all have the ability to that every night.”
The Eagles jumped out to an eight-point, 16-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and extended it out to an 18-point advantage at 32-14 by halftime. Coming out of the intermission, Elyria scored 11 and 10 points in the final two quarte3rs while holding Herington to just nine total in earning the final 30-point win.
While Elyria connected on 49% of their shots from the field their defense held Herington to making just 23% while also outrebounding the visitors 33-24.
Andrew Huxman topped the Eagles in scoring with 14 while Caleb Laney and Josh Allen each chipped in with 10 points and Silas Redenbaugh had eight.
Elyria dished out a whopping 19 assists on their 22 made shots from the field led by Ben Unruh and Laney with seven and six assists each. While Ty Romero may have only scored three points, he did lead the work in the paint with eight rebounds.
Coach Goodrich concluded some reflections on the game by adding, “Overall, there are definitely some things we need to clean up, but I am proud of the effort they are giving and the position they have put themselves in. We have a tough road game on Friday against an exceptionally good Little River team. This will be a good contest for us as we start the final stretch of the regular season.”
THE GAME 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Herington 8 6 5 4 23
EAGLES 16 16 11 10 53
Herington Team Stats: FG 8/31 (23%); 3-PTR 4/15 (27%); FT 3/6 (50%); AST 7; REBS 24; TO 13; STLS 1; BLK 0; PF 15.
ELYRIA EAGLES TEAM STATS: FG 22/45 (49%); 3-PTR 4/19 (21%); FT 5/13 (38%); AST 19; REBS 33; TO 8; STLS 5; BLK 4; PF 8.
ELYRIA EAGLE INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS: Scoring (53 total points): Andrew Huxman – 14; Caleb Laney – 10; Josh Allen – 10; Silas Redenbaugh – 8; Ben Unruh – 4; Ty Romero – 3; James Schott – 2; Keyan Wiggers – 2. 3-Pointers Made (4): Laney – 2; Romero, Huxman – 1.
Assists: B. Unruh – 7; Laney – 6.
Rebounds: Romero – 8; Schott, B. Unruh – 4; Huxman, Redenbaugh – 3.
Steals: Huxman, Allen – 2.
Blocked Shots: Redenbaugh – 2; B. Unruh, Huxman – 1.