CANTON — It was everything Eagles Friday night.
The Eagles were going to win no matter what when Canton-Galva’s Eagles hosted Elyria Christian School’s Eagles in the basketball season opener for both schools.
The C-G Eagles came away with wins in both games, but not before both Elyria teams pushed them to the limit.
The Canton-Galva girls were a 45-44 winner. Elyria had a chance to win at the end, but Rachel Adamyk’s shot wouldn’t go in.
Adamyk was immense with 27 points, while Cassidy Enns and Kelli Nightingale scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, for C-G.
“Rachel was definitely special tonight offensively with 27 points,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “She is going to be the focus for most defenses all year, but she is still finding a way to score and she is making her teammates better. Bailey (Unruh) really stepped up as a sophomore and ran the point very well tonight.”
“She was a handful,” C-G coach Kelly Unruh said of Adamyk. “Our night would have been better, but we had to sit Enns out a good part of second quarter and most of third quarter until 6 minutes left in the fourth.”
Fields was encouraged for a first game despite the loss as he’s having to replace three outstanding seniors who were the heart of the team last year.
“With the exception of the third quarter, I was very pleased with the effort our girls gave tonight,” he said. “There are always a lot of questions you have before the first game, and I was happy to see some of our younger girls step up and show that they are ready to play varsity ball. Once we correct our turnovers, missed free throws and missed opportunities under the basket, we will be ready to compete with most teams.”
• Canton-Galva boys 54, Elyria Christian 48 — Travis Unruh’s 21 points, 10 of those in the fourth quarter, and a monster 16-point, 16-rebound game from Zach Snow fended off Elyria, which started two sophomores and two freshmen.
“ I thought we did a really nice job of attacking the paint tonight,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We had quite a few second-chance opportunities and got to the line 35 times. I felt we played well tonight defensively. The boys played extremely hard at that end of the court and that was the key to our win tonight. Coach (Ben) Starburg has done a great job with the Elyria program. He has developed a lot of young players that have a very bright future. They will be a difficult team to contend with as they gain more experience.”
Freshman Aidan Fields scored 17 points to lead the Eagles, while sophomore Tyler Thiessen added 14. Another sophomore, Jaden Starburg, chipped in with 10.
“Very entertaining and exciting first night,” Ben Starburg said. “Our young team competed very well. Back and forth all night. We were able to build a nine-point lead in the first half before foul trouble. We again battled back in the second half taking a four-point lead with under 4 minutes to go, but had more foul trouble and weren't able to hold the lead.”