Elyria Christian cagers split finale

By Steve Sell
February 26, 2016

HUTCHINSON — It was a great way for the Elyria Christian School girls to go into sub-state.

The Eagles outlasted Central Christian 48-45 Thursday night as senior Rachel Adamyk, who just passed the 1,000-point mark in her last game, had a career-high 32, including 10 of 12 at the free throw line.

“It was a great battle tonight with a quality team,” said ECS coach Greg Fields, whose Eagles are the No. 1 seed in next week’s sub-state at Burrton and won’t play until Friday as it has a first-round bye. “Central Christian came out and played outstanding defense and they made shots when they needed them. They seemed to always have an answer when we started to pull away. Moriah (Redenbaugh) and Christin (Vetter) did a great job controlling the boards for the first 29 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, we gave them a few too many opportunities for second and third attempts at the end and they capitalized on most of those attempts. I was just glad the last quarter wasn't 8 minutes and 30 seconds, or it may have been a different outcome.”

Elyria’s boys ran into a hot Cougar team, which raced to a 66-44 victory. Tyler Thiessen and Caleb Froese scored 15 points apiece to lead the Eagles, who were outscored 24-6 in the second quarter.

“Central shot out to a big halftime lead with a barrage of 3s in the second quarter making six in the second quarter alone,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said. “They made 14 for the game,  some from 25 feet.”

Unlike the girls, the Eagle boys have a first-round sub-state game as they play Stafford at 6 p.m. Monday in Burrton.