Area roundup: Elyria Christian boys win county clash

By Steve Sell
December 11, 2016

Elyria Christian School’s boys notched their second win of the Goessel Bluebird Classic on Saturday by turning back a fellow area foe.

In a battle of Eagles, it was the Elyria Christian School Eagles who emerged with a 40-25 victory over the Canton-Galva Eagles.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight and was excited we strung together two solid performances,” first-year ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “We have turned up our pressure defense in the halfcourt as well as the fullcourt, however we still struggle with unnecessary fouls at times and will have to learn to be more disciplined. The guys are improving each game and its an exciting thing to witness.”

Tyler Thiessen had a double-double for Elyria with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jaden Starburg added 10 points and Aidan Fields just missed doubles with 9. Elyria is now 2-1.

Canton-Galva was up 10-7 after a quarter, but Elyria outscored it 25-6 over the middle two quarters. Down as many as 18 in the fourth quarter, C-G showed some gumption by cutting the margin to 11 at one point.

C-G was missing two starters, but Hunter Pearson stepped up in a big way with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

“Hunter played the best game of his high school career.  The stats don’t do justice to how well he played,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said.   

C-G is now 0-4, but has been in every game.

“We struggled with their length and athleticism against their pressure,” Duncan said. “We played very well in the halfcourt, but you can't turn it over against a team like that. Leads to way too many easy buckets. Very proud of the effort on the defensive end and on the glass.  Hopefully we can get back to full strength soon.”  

• Central Christian girls 42, Elyria Christian 33 — Elyria was down only three going into the fourth quarter, but the Cougars used a 12-6 run to pull away. ECS had led 19-18 at the half.

Audra Boerger had the best game of her Eagle career with 11 points. Christin Vetter pulled down 8 rebounds.

“Audra Boerger really stepped up for us offensively,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “She was the spark we needed to stay in the game and she gave us an outside threat. Freshman Claire Adamyk was also a pleasant surprise for us. She stepped in during the second half as foul trouble became an issue and she showed that she is ready to play aggressive basketball.”

Despite the loss, Fields was encouraged.

“I was really looking forward to seeing how our girls responded to playing a solid team without one of our senior starters,” Fields said. “I was extremely pleased with our effort in the first three quarters. We simply ran out of steam during the fourth.”

ECS is now 1-2 on the year.  

• Canton-Galva girls 52, Burrton 46 — Canton-Galva is now 2-2 after a huge second-half rally netted them the victory.

The Eagles stormed back from a 29-17 halftime deficit by outscoring the Chargers 35-17 after the break.

Kelli Nightingale stayed on fire for Canton-Galva by pouring in 25 points. Emma Ruddle just missed doubles with 9.

• Central Christian boys 39, Little River 37 — In a double-overtime dilly, Central Christian won the Goessel championship game by making a couple of late free throws to secure the win.

Little River, which led by 8 points going into the fourth quarter, played a tremendous game as it was able to keep Central Christian star Nate Henaha in check as he scored only 14 points, well off his average. Clay Zeller scored 16 to lead Little River, which turns around and plays Central Christian again on Tuesday in Hutchinson.

The Redskins are 2-2 on the year.

• Goessel girls 46, Little River 24 — After three straight wins to open the season, the Redskins ran into an athletic Goessel team in the finals of the Bluebird Classic.

Little River scored only 2 points in each of the first two quarters.

Isabelle Eberle scored 10 points to lead Little River.