Elyria cagers split in season opener

By Steve Sell
December 06, 2016

GOESSEL — Elyria Christian School’s girls opened their basketball season in successful fashion on Monday with a 35-20 shutdown of Burrton in the opening day of the Goessel Bluebird Classic.

“We had a pretty good defensive night tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “The girls played hard in the first half, only giving up 7 points. We need to find a way to score more. We missed a lot of easy shots under the basket that will hopefully fall as the season goes on.”

Elyria led 10-3 after the first quarter and 17-7 at the half. It blew the game open with a 10-2 spurt in the third quarter.

Christin Vetter led the Eagles with 9 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to just miss a double-double. Melea Redenbaugh yanked down 11 rebounds.

 • BURRTON BOYS 78, ELYRIA CHRISTIAN 67 — Elyria Christian’s boys made a remarkable comeback, but used up so much energy there was nothing left in the tank.

“It was a tough first game and thought we came out sluggish in the first half, which led to a 17-point deficit at one point,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “We were able to claw our way back and take the lead in the second half, but ran out of gas to close the game out. We limited our turnovers, but did not do what we needed to on the defensive end, which led to giving up too many uncontested threes and other easy buckets.”

Tyler Thiessen fired in 20 points to lead the Eagles, while Aidan Fields was right behind with 19. Caleb Froese just missed doubles with 9.