There’s defense, then there’s absolute smothering defense.
By whatever name you call it, Elyria Christian School’s girls displayed it Friday.
The Lady Eagles strafed Peabody 36-10 and in one quarter they held the Warriors without a single point.
“I loved the defensive effort again tonight,” said ECS coach Greg Fields, whose team is now 6-3 on the year. “Peabody is capable of scoring high points from the outside. Our girls did a nice job of rushing them and taking away open looks.”
Anna Adamyk was 6 of 9 from the field and scored 13 points to lead Elyria. Rachel Adamyk had nine rebounds to go along with her eight points.
ECS led 25-6 at the half, then pitched a third-quarter shutout.
• Peabody boys 62, Elyria Christian School 41 — Peabody shot an amazing 85 percent in the first half to lead 47-20.
After that, the Eagles played well as they outscored the Warriors 21-15.
Matthew Gemmer’s 13 points led Elyria.
• Solomon boys 39, Little River 38 — Down 28-20 at the half, Little River charged back and almost pulled out the win.
The Redskins rallied behind the play of Grant Harvey, who had three 3-pointers on his way to 14 points. Solomon did a good job defensively on Little River center Chord Zeller, who was held to five points.
• Solomon girls 43, Little River 10 — Points were hard to come by for Little River, which didn’t score in the first quarter and had only two points in the first half.
No player had more than three points for Little River.
• Berean Academy boys 50, Canton-Galva 28 — Berean played its usual lockdown defense as the Eagles managed only nine points in the first half.
Tanner Klingensmith was a bright spot for the Eagles with team highs of eight points and seven rebounds.
“They beat us in all facets of the game tonight,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Their on- and off-ball pressure forced us in to an uncomfortable pace. We made way too many unforced errors to stay in the game with a team of that caliber. Our defense was solid in the first half, but we couldn't find a way to score at the other end. In the third quarter, too many turnovers led to easy buckets for them.”
• Berean girls 45, Canton-Galva 33 — The Eagles were excited after leading powerful Berean by two points after a quarter, but it was all Warriors after that.
Berean outscored C-G 17-7 in the second quarter to take command.
Cassidy Enns poured in 18 points to lead the Eagles.
• Smoky Valley boys 73, Haven 33 — No game information was available.
• Haven girls 54, Smoky Valley 31 — An 18-8 second-quarter sizz by Haven broke open what had been a tight game.
Hannah Hattabaugh had a nice game in defeat for the Vikings with 12 points and eight rebounds.
One-time Viking Samantha Stallbaumer led the Wildcats with 17 points.
• Inman boys 43, Marion 42 — The Teutons scored a key win, hanging on for a one-point nail biter over Marion.
"We played much tougher than we did on Tuesday night," Inman coach Brett Froese said. "We got the ball inside and did some damage there tonight. We had 20 points in the paint from our post players. Greyson Wood came off the bench and played really well for us tonight, made some key shots for us."
Nine players scored for Inman, none in double figures. Hank Thiessen led the way with nine points.
• Marion girls 34, Inman 25 — No game information was reported.
• Trinity Catholic boys 56, Moundridge 51 — The Wildcats experienced another heart-tugging loss.
MHS led 28-19 at the half, but the tank then went empty.
"Defensive breakdowns, missed free throws and a lack of a perimeter game ultimately spelled trouble for us tonight," Wildcat coach Vance Unrau said. "We started off well. Had good energy and finished plays. Trinity switched to a zone and it proved to be the difference in how we were able to execute at the offensive end. I thought our kids played hard, but Trinity hit some big shots in their fourth-quarter run and we failed to respond."
Alejandro Jimenez and Colton Frazer shared scoring honors with 14 points.
• Moundridge girls 40, Trinity Catholic 37 — The Wildcats' schedule has been loaded with quality teams, but the Wildcats seem to meet every challenge.
Ashley Holler's 14 points led the Wildcats, while Cassidy Siemens furnished another 11. MHS has just one loss on the year.
• Hesston boys 60, Larned 32 — The Swathers were white-hot in the first quarter, sprinting to a 23-9 lead.
They methodically added to the lead the rest of the night.
Grant Raleigh's 25 points led the way. Tyler McCartney chipped in with 13.
• Hesston girls 62, Larned 19 — The Swathers stayed undefeated and unchallenged.
The game was over after Hesston sped to a 20-2 first-quarter lead.
Kelsey Unruh's 13 points pace the Swathers. Jessanna Nebel scored 12, Caylee Richardson added 10 and Katelyn Hageman also scored 10.