Elyria Christian School’s girls were outscored 11-2 in the decisive third quarter Saturday night and couldn’t recover in a 46-38 loss to Sylvan-Lucas in the championship game of the Class 1A Division II sub-state hosted by Sylvan Grove.
The Eagles were up 22-19 at the half, but the scoring drought in the third quarter swung the game in favor of Sylvan-Lucas, which avenged an earlier loss to Elyria.
Anna Adamyk scored 12 points for the Eagles, who finished the year 15-7. Addison Fields chipped in with 10.
“Anna Adamyk was great at controlling the ball and getting to the line tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Addison Fields got us going tonight with her outside shooting and she kept the girls focused with her calm leadership. Micah Redenbaugh played outstanding defense on their leading scorer and she came up with some key rebounds.”
Foul trouble played an important role, as standout Rachel Adamyk fouled out as she was limited to 15 minutes.
“I couldn't be more proud of the effort that our girls gave tonight,” Fields said. “To fight back in the fourth quarter the way they did when everything seemed to be against them was great to see. A lot of teams would have given up when your star player fouls out and you are down by 12. These girls fought hard to get it back within five towards the end of the game, but we just ran out of time.”
Fields believes the program can have another good year in 2015-16.
“I’m excited about the improvement of our younger girls this season and the potential that they show as we continue to grow this program.”
• Wichita Trinity Academy girls 54, Smoky Valley 33 — The Vikings’ upset hopes ended early as Trinity Academy sprinted to a 19-8 first-quarter lead and pushed it to 30-16 by halftime in the Class 4A Division II sub-state title game at Nickerson.
The Vikings’ double-barreled attack of Hannah Hattabaugh (15) and Kelsie Anderson (10) combined for 25 points.
Smoky Valley ended the year 6-16.