LOST SPRINGS – Playing an opponent for the second time in four days, the Elyria Christian replayed the blowout win over Centre on Friday by rocking them again on Tuesday at the Centre Cougar Classic by a score of 54-14.
The win now gives the Lady Eagles a 9-2 record on the season as they wait to play Marion in the Cougar Classic semi-finals on Friday.
“It’s hard to turn around and play the same team that you picked up a win against just a few days later,” noted Lady Eagle head coach Greg Fields. “I was glad that our girls came out with a lot of energy and maintained their focus throughout the game. Centre has a couple of post players that are going to be really good as they get older. They have several girls capable of hitting shots, and they made a few impressive plays in the second quarter. We challenged out girls at half time to play better half-court defense without fouling, and they did a great job of moving their feet in the second half as well.”
Jumping out to a 15-point, 17-2 first quarter lead, Elyria build their advantage out to 21-points at 33-12 heading into the halftime break. In the final two quarters the Lady Eagle cruised in for the final 40-point win by outscoring Centre 21-2.
Ryland Hawkinson led the Lady Eagles on offense with 14 points while also dishing out three assists and grabbing a team high five rebounds as well as making four steals on defense. Allie Stone chipped in with 11 points thanks to connecting on three three-pointers while Ryland younger sister Raegan also reached double digits in the scorebook with 10. Both Raegan Hawkinson and Macy Reiff also used quick hands to record four steals on defense.
Coach Fields concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “There were a lot of things to be happy with tonight. I was impressed with our guards in reducing turnovers. Allie (Stone), Alexus (Swenson), and Addison (Swenson) all went through the night with no turnovers. Grace (Prescott) and Raegan (Hawkinson) have become more comfortable on offense as they are both taking higher percentage shots and it is great to see them having success. Ryland (Hawkinson) and Allie (Stone) both showed that they are experienced seniors tonight. Both are playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
ELYRIA CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES vs. Centre at Centre Cougar Classic
SCORING: LADY EAGLES > 17-16-6-16 = 54; Centre > 2-10-0-2 = 14.
TEAM STATS: LADY EAGLES > 2-FGs – 17/32; 3-PTs – 5/15; FTs – 5/9; AST – 12; REBs – 25; TO – 15; STLs – 19; BLKs – 1; FLs – 13. Centre > 2-FGs – 5/17; 3-PTs – 1/5; FTs – 1/5; REBs – 11; TO – 28; FLs – 11.
LADY EAGLES INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS: Scoring > Ryland Hawkinson – 14; Allie Stone – 11; Raegan Hawkinson – 10; Grace Prescott – 7; Julia Allen – 5; Alexus Swenson – 3; Mina Aroum – 2; Laney Reiff – 2. 3-Pointers Made > Stone – 3; Prescott, Al. Swenson – 1. Assists > Prescott, Ry. Hawkinson – 3; Al. Swenson, L. Reiff – 2. Rebounds > Ry. Hawkinson – 5; Macy Reiff – 4; Prescott – 3; Stone, Ra. Hawkinson, Allen, Addison Swenson – 2. Steals > Ry. Hawkinson, Ra. Hawkinson, M Reiff – 4; Allen – 3; Prescott – 2. Blocked Shots > Allen – 1.
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