Elyria cagers split tourney openers

By Steve Sell
January 23, 2016

LOST SPRINGS — Elyria Christian School’s girls improved their winning streak to six games on Friday with a 41-37 victory over Sacred Heart in the first round of Centre Cougar Classic Tournament.

“Our girls came out tonight with the mindset that we were the lower seed and that we needed to be tougher on the defensive side of the ball,” said Eagles coach Greg Fields, whose team actually was the higher seed. “The number of deflections and steals we had reflected that attitude.”

Rachel Adamyk led the Eagles with 17 points before fouling out, while Moriah Redenbaugh scored 10. Both had double-doubles as they had 10 rebounds apiece.

Elyria had to fend off a late Sacred Heart rally as the Eagles had led by nine points after three quarters.

“Rachel was fantastic tonight turning nothing into something offensively,” Fields said. “The other girls showed mental toughness hanging onto a slim lead after Rachel fouled out with 5 minutes remaining in the game. Moriah is so consistent as a defensive leader and she is quietly having a great season offensively as well. Bailey Unruh is becoming an incredibly tough point guard, handling the ball under a lot of pressure.”

The Eagles play host Centre at 2 p.m. today in the semifinals, with the tourney wrapping up on Monday.

WAKEFIELD BOYS 51, ELYRIA 44 — A huge Eagle rally came up short, as higher-seed Wakefield was given a push by the Eagles.

Elyria was down 19-3 after a quarter before outplaying Wakefield the rest of the way, including 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Aidan Fields scored 15 points to lead the Eagles and Tyler Thiessen added 13.

“After digging ourselves a 16-point hole in the first quarter, the team fought back with intensity,” Elyria coach Ben Starburg said. “Very pleased with the defensive efforts from Nathan Daniel and Caleb Froese.”

Elyria plays Centre in today’s 6:30 p.m. consolation round. The tourney will be completed Monday.