Elyria, Little River split twinbill

By Steve Sell
January 13, 2016

ELYRIA — Elyria Christian School’s girls stayed on a roll Tuesday, fending off Little River 36-31 at the Eagle Dome.

Defense again keyed ECS, as it held Little River to 10 points during the middle two quarters after trailing 10-7 after the first period.

Rachel Adamyk carried the offensive load with 21 points, while Moriah Redenbaugh was a titan on the boards with 16 rebounds.

“This was a very hard-fought game tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “It wasn't the easiest game for fans to watch because it was extremely well played defensively. Moriah Redenbaugh was an absolute beast on the boards with 16 rebounds. When you factor in her eight steals, I don't know where we would have been without her. Rachel had a great game as well.  She doesn't just lead with her points, but her rebounding, assists, blocked shots and no turnovers showed a complete game all around. This was all in less than three quarters due to foul trouble.  I'm pleased with the effort that every girl gave tonight.  In the last few minutes of the game, when Rachel fouled out, the team showed a lot of heart and determination to maintain our lead.”

Melanie Renken led Little River with 11 points.

• LITTLE RIVER BOYS 49, ELYRIA 35 — Clay Zeller’s 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting fired Little River to its third win of the year.

The Redskins were up 31-20 at the half, sparked by a 21-point second quarter. Four other players were in the 7-9 point range.

Tyler Thiessen’s 16 points led Elyria.

“We struggled to score from the field as Little River packed into a 2-3 zone all night,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said. “With 4 minutes to go in the first half, we led 20-19, but failed to score the rest of the half leading to a 31-20 deficit.”