Elyria Christian School’s boys couldn’t keep pace with the offensive prowess of Central Christian on Saturday in the championship game of the Sylvan Lucas Unified Class 1A Division II sub-state.
Central Christian was red-hot all night and came away with a 66-52 victory. Elyria ended its season under first-year coach Zach Goodrich with 15-8 record.
The middle two quarters were the difference as the Cougars outscored the Eagles, 28-18.
Tyler Thiessen led Elyria with 17 points, while Caleb Froese scored 12 and Aidan Fields chipped in with 11. All are underclassmen.
“It was a growing year from the very start,” Goodrich said. “Our goal was to get better every single day and to have the opportunity to play in the sub-state finals was a highlight for sure. I believe we took tremendous strides from the first game of the year, from depending on a couple guys to score to becoming a complete team. We definitely are disappointed that we couldn't make it to next week, but we lost to a great team that has been there before. We're looking forward to next year and I'm excited to see the growth that these boys will continue to show. I believe these boys will be ready to take that final step.”
Seniors for the Eagles were Ryan Huxman, William Unruh, Will Ediger and Seth Prieb,
• Chase County girls 36, Moundridge 32 — Moundridge could not take advantage of its terrific defense in the middle two quarters and wound up being upset in the finals of the Canton-Galva sub-state.
The Wildcats, the No. 1 seed, held Chase County scoreless in the second quarter and to just 4 points in the third.
But Chase County had 17 points in the first quarter and 15 in the fourth.
Moundridge, which finished its year 18-5, was led by Kassidy Kaufman with 9 points.
• Rural Vista boys 52, Little River 50 — A huge charge by Little River, 20 points in the fourth quarter, wasn’t enough as the Redskins’ season came to an end with a 13-10 record.
Little River had upset top-seed Centre in the semifinals and were locked in a halftime tie with the Heat. Rural Vista led by 5 going into the fourth quarter.
Clay Zeller had a terrific game with 22 points. Levi Swenson chipped in with 12.