Elyria girls advance to tourney finals

By Steve Sell
January 24, 2016

LOST SPRINGS — It was a red-letter day Saturday for the Elyria Christian School basketball teams.

The Eagle girls powered their way into the championship game of the Centre Cougar Classic by dominating the host team 46-28 and will play Marion in Monday night’s championship game as the tournament got a late start due to the weather.

Once again there was no stopping Rachel Adamyk, who scored 24 points, including 11 of 12 at the free throw line. Moriah Redenbaugh had another big game on the inside with seven points and eight rebounds, while Christin Vetter also yanked down eight rebounds.

Elyria jumped all over Centre by blazing to a 20-5 first-quarter lead and later doubled the Cougars 12-6 in the third quarter.

“I was very proud of our girls today,” said ECS coach Greg Fields, whose team now has won seven games in a row. “We have struggled to get a win over Centre the last few years. Our girls finally came out ready to play in the first quarter and they played consistent defense throughout the game. We struggled to score in the second quarter when we lost Moriah to a minor injury, but they came out in the second half taking care of the ball and being patient on offense.”

A key is that the Eagles have Adamyk and the other teams don’t.

“Rachel Adamyk was solid on both ends of the court and she took care of business at the free throw line,” Fields said. “Christin and Moriah controlled the boards and Bailey (Unruh) continues to be a leader at the point. Abbey Rush played one of her best games today.  She was aggressive on defense and she took care of the ball on offense.”

The Elyria boys bounced back strong in the consolation round by also defeating the host Cougars, 68-66.

Elyria made a monster comeback, exploding for 24 points in the fourth quarter after trailing by six after three periods. Aidan Fields went off for a career-high 28 points, Tyler Thiessen scored 16 and Jaden Starburg added 11.

The Eagles will play Rural Vista in Monday’s fifth-place game.

“We won an exciting battle in the consolation bracket,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said.   “Aidan Fields hit the game-winning 3-point field goal on an assist from Jaden Starburg with 18 seconds remaining. Centre called a timeout, but missed a desperation 3 at the buzzer.  Fighting foul trouble all night, our bench came up big giving us quality minutes in the second and third quarters. It was a total team effort.”