ELYRIA — You’ll get no argument from Canton-Galva boys coach Shane Duncan as to the validity of Elyria Christian School’s No. 1 state ranking in Class 1A Division II.
“Tip your hat, that’s a very, very good team,” Duncan said Friday after his Eagles were defeated 57-32 on Elyria’s homecoming night. “If they shoot it like that, they’re going to be a tough out anywhere. The thing with them is that it’s such a tough team to prepare for. If you take away one thing, then all of a sudden somebody else steps up. They’re a class act and they play the right way and are coached the right way.”
Canton-Galva started only one player who stood 6-0 and the rest were 5-11 or less. C-G battled mightily and played with passion, but simply was outmanned. Most of those who played were sophomores or freshmen.
“This is a fun group. We know we’re young, very young,” Duncan said. “Regardless of the score, I thought we battled hard. We played tough, especially on the glass, especially against a team that big. I was proud of our guys.”
Elyria, now 14-0 and loaded with depth, provided the knockout punch in the second quarter when it made 5 3-pointers in a row to take a 32-14 halftime lead. For the game, ECS bagged 11 3-pointers.
“That’s something that’s a hidden joy of mine,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said of his team’s 3-point shooting. “Last year teams would zone us and we couldn’t hit any shots. We’d shoot 20-plus 3s and maybe make four. This year when we see a zone I am very confident. It doesn’t make me as nervous as it did last year.”
Career 1,000-point scorer Tyler Thiessen had 19 points, 12 after intermission. Jackson Stone chipped in with 10. Landon Everett and Nick Pearson led Canton-Galva with 7 points.
Jacob Nelson came off the bench to score 9 points for Elyria on 3 3s and another reserve, Tyler Huxman, hit a couple of treys as Elyria came at C-G in waves.
“I was very happy with our bench tonight,” Goodrich said. “And that’s without Jaden Starburg (out with an injury). I feel like when we get him back we’ll be as strong as we can be.”
• Elyria Christian girls 46, Canton-Galva 35 — Elyria was up as many as 17 in the second half, but Canton-Galva charged back as close as 6 in the fourth quarter mainly due to the 3-ball.
Elyria led 14-7 after a quarter and 22-12 at the half.
Bailey Unruh led Elyria with 15 points and Melea Redenbaugh dominated the paint for 13 points and 17 rebounds.
“They’re dangerous from the perimeter,” said Elyria coach Greg Fields, whose team has worked its way back to .500 at 7-7. “We really haven’t seen a team that shoots it that well. The first quarter we gave up some open looks, but the girls did a good job of responding.”
Tia Moddelmog led Canton-Galva with 10 points.