Goessel’s girls were simply too athletic for Canton-Galva in the championship game of the Goessel Invitational on Saturday.
Goessel, coming off an undefeated state volleyball championship season this fall, jumped out to a 15-5 first-quarter lead and never looked back to win 59-31.
It was the first loss for Canton-Galva after starting the year 3-0. Cassidy Enns completed a tremendous tournament for the Eagles by scoring 15 points, but no other C-G player had more than five.
• CANTON-GALVA BOYS 48, ELYRIA CHRISTIAN 41 — Canton-Galva took third place and swept the season series with Elyria as the teams had played on opening night.
Once again, Elyria had no answer for C-G big man Zach Snow, who poured in 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Travis Unruh also was a handful with 19 points and six rebounds.
“Zach and Travis really played well tonight,” Eagle coach Shane Duncan said. “Forty-three (points) and 17 (rebounds) is pretty impressive between two players.”
But he was quick to point out the rest of the players joined their duo for some air-tight defense when it was needed.
“We played good team defense,” he said. “I felt we contested their perimeter shots very well, something we didn't do well the first time we played them. (Elyria’s Tyler) Thiessen had a big game, but he hit some difficult shots. He's a really nice player.”
Thiessen, just a sophomore, powered his way to 23 points and Caleb Froese had his best of the game with 12.
C-G led 23-18 at the half, but Elyria charged back to deadlock the game heading into the fourth quarter, where Canton-Galva used a 15-8 advantage for the win.
“We played mistake-free basketball in the fourth quarter,” Duncan said. “We took care of the ball and made some great backdoor cuts when being overplayed. I was proud of how the guys finished out the game.”
“Again it was a hard-fought battle by both teams,” Elyria coach Ben Starburg said. “The game was decided at the free throw line where Canton made 7 of 11 in the fourth quarter and shot 25 total free throws for the game, while we were 4 of 6 for the game.”
• CENTRAL CHRISTIAN GIRLS 27, ELYRIA 26 — In the third-place game, the Eagles were up going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 10-5 to finish the week 1-2.
Christin Vetter had her best game of the year with nine points. Central concentrated on stopping Eagle star Rachel Adamyk, holding her to seven.
“Very rough night for us,” Elyria coach Greg Fields said. “We had a really slow start offensively, but battled in the third quarter. Christin Vetter stepped up in the second half by getting to the basket and finishing. Our young girls got some very valuable experience tonight with our seniors fouling out. Abbey Rush was very active on the boards and created some turnovers.”