Elyria cagers split twinbill

By Steve Sell
December 19, 2015

SOLOMON — The Elyria Christian School girls got back on track Friday night with a 48-43 road victory over Solomon.

The second quarter was immense for the Eagles, as they piled up 19 points to take a 32-23 halftime lead. They turned the game over to their defense in the second half.

ECS' Rachel Adamyk made 10 of 15 floor shots to end the game with 21 points. She also pulled down eight rebounds. Moriah Redenbaugh was strong on the boards with nine rebounds.

“This was a hard-fought win against a solid team tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said.   “Solomon is much better than what their record shows. They have played some larger schools and have just come up short."

Several Eagles contributed to the win.

"Rachel did a great job finding ways to score even when they threw a junk defense at her," Fields said. "Moriah was terrific on defense with her steals, picking up loose balls and rebounding.  I was really pleased to see a couple of our less-experienced girls step up and contribute significantly in a close game with a lot of defensive pressure. Abbey Rush had the best game of her career and sophomore Bailey Unruh ran the point like a senior."

• SOLOMON BOYS 56, ELYRIA 41 — The Gorillas put Elyria in a hole early with an 18-9 first quarter and it was 32-17 at the half before the Eagles settled down.

Tyler Thiessen led Elyria with 12 points. Jaden Starburg and Aidan Fields just missed doubles with nine.

"Solomon's senior-loaded team is expected to win the Wheat State League and they took advantage of our early turnovers to build an early lead," Elyria coach Ben Starburg said. "But we learned as the game proceeded and began to effectively run our offense. We played even with them in the second half."

The Eagles' top four scorers on the night were either sophomores or freshmen.