Elyria cagers lose pair to Goessel

By Steve Sell
December 09, 2015

GOESSEL — Elyria Christian School’s basketball teams were swept Tuesday night by Goessel in the second night of the Bluebirds’ tournament.

In the boys’ game, the Eagles were right there for a half, but the Bluebirds exploded for a 23-7 run in the third quarter on their way to a 49-30 victory.

Freshman Aidan Fields scored 10 points for the Eagles. Goessel did a fine job on Elyria sophomore standout Tyler Thiessen, holding him to five after he had tallied 27 the night before.

It was just 17-15 in favor of Goessel at half.

“We struggled from the field making only one shot in the first quarter and four shots in the second quarter,” Elyria coach Ben Starburg said. “We did play very well defensively. But we got leg weary, as we had the late night overtime game the night before and they were able to take advantage in the third outscoring us by 16.”

Elyria will learn of its Saturday’s opponent after Thursday’s games.

• GOESSEL GIRLS 40, ELYRIA 22 — The Bluebirds held Elyria star Rachel Adamyk in check, as she was managed just nine points, 17 under her average.

It was an 18-10 game at the half and Goessel then took the suspense out of it with a 14-9 third-quarter run.

Moriah Redenbaugh had a nice game for Elyria with six points and eight rebounds.

“I was pleased with the effort our girls gave tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Goessel is so long and athletic that they will make it difficult for a lot of teams to score. We played good defense most of the night. Moriah Redenbaugh was a bigger factor than what her stats showed. Not only did she rebound, but she was there to pick up every loose ball and she was extremely disruptive on the defensive side. We actually reduced our turnovers against a team that I was very nervous about breaking their press.”

Elyria plays again Saturday, with the opponent known after Thursday’s games.