ECS girls fall in title game

By Steve Sell
January 26, 2016
Contributed Photo

Front row left to right: Makenzie Archer, Brekken Anderson, Audra Boerger, Libby Lorenz, Rachel Adamyk, Katherine Ropp, Bailey Unruh and Abbey Rush

Back row left to right: Head coach Greg Fields, Moriah Redenbaugh, Christin Vetter, Hannah Redger, Melea Redenbaugh and assistant coach Jeff Fields.


LOST SPRINGS — Elyria Christian School’s girls took second place in the Centre Cougar Classic on Monday after losing 54-31 to Marion.

“We knew that we were in for a lot of defensive pressure tonight and Marion did not disappoint us,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “They are very aggressive and athletic. Our girls did a great job of handling the pressure for most of the first quarter, but early foul trouble really exposed us on their press break. Marion maintained intense fullcourt pressure all night and I was thrilled that our freshmen were able to get some real experience in that area.”

Elyria hung tough for a quarter, down just one, but it was all Warriors after that. Elyria wen cold in the second half with just 10 points.

Bailey Unruh was terrific in defeat with 12 points.

“Bailey Unruh played the hardest I have seen a point guard play,” Fields said. “She had the most difficult position in the gym tonight and she was still our leading scorer and all-around leader. Moriah Redenbaugh was still outstanding on the boards and made things difficult for Marion offensively. Her sister, Melea, saw her first real varsity actio, and she played the best I have seen her play at any level. Brekken Anderson and Makenzie Archer showed that they are not afraid to dive in and play tough against older and more experienced players.”

• RURAL VISTA BOYS 66, ELYRIA 54 — Tyler Thiessen’s 25 points weren’t enough as the Eagles lost in the fifth-place game.

The Eagles, down 29-28 at halftime, surged in the third quarter as a 17-6 run enabled them to lead by 10 points. But Rural Vista charged back at the end of the period, then outscored the Eagles 18-9 in the final quarter.

Aidan Fields added 14 points for the Eagles.

“Rural Vista made a living at the line making 25 of 32 attempts in the second half alone, finishing 28 of 36 for the game,” Elyria coach Ben Starburg said. “A hard-fought game by both teams.”