Area roundup: Elyria boys back on track

By Steve Sell
February 14, 2018

The Elyria Christian School boys ended their first losing streak of the year in a big way on Tuesday.

The Eagles, who lost a pair of road games last week after being undefeated, stormed past overmatched Peabody 57-17 to get back on track.

“The boys are starting to learn each other better and that is something I hope will continue to happen,” Elyria coach Zach Goodrich said. “We are playing without three starters and four of the boys have played together since the fourth grade. We have two freshmen filling those minutes of injured players and they have done a good job learning on the fly. Peabody does a good job running their offense and making hard cuts, I felt we were sharper defensively and our rotations were a step better tonight. It looked more like we did at the beginning of the season ,which was good to see. Offensively, we made some better decisions with the ball and found the right pass on the offensive end. We had 17 assists on 23 field goals and the ball was moving for us.”’

Tyler Thiessen led the Eagles with 15 points, one more than Caleb Froese. Elyria knocked down 23 of 47 shots from the field.

• Elyria Christian girls 34, Peabody 12 — The Eagles gave up just a single free throw in the first half as this was a no-contest most of the night.

“The girls played excellent defense tonight, allowing only 1 point in the first half. Our fullcourt press was very effective,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. 

Bailey Unruh led Elyria with 13 points and the rest of the offense was balanced as eight Eagles scored.

• Little River boys 66, Goessel 35 — Little River was a runaway offensive freight train by pummeling the Bluebirds in the first half to lead 43-18.

Freshman Jayden Garrison poured in 27 points and made 5 of 10 shots from beyond the arc. Levi Swenson chipped in with 14 and Jordan Moffet added 10.

• Goessel girls 62, Little River 28 — The Redskins had been playing well recently, but ran into a buzzsaw as the Bluebirds’ athleticism was on full display.

Melanie Renken was much of the Little River offense with 12 points. Goessel led 27-15 at the half and blew the game open in the final quarter with a 22-point salvo.

• Centre boys 63, Canton-Galva 28 — The Cougars, who ended Elyria’s perfect season last week, jumped on the Eagles for a 20-5 first-quarter lead and it was 38-19 at the half.

“Extremely disappointing evening,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We didn't box out on the defensive end (gave up 16 offensive rebounds). We lost the 50/50 balls. Combine that with an extremely poor shooting night and you get beat by 35.”

Kinser Colgin was a bright spot with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

• Canton-Galva girls 46, Centre 43 — The Eagles are trying to pick up every victory they can for sub-state purposes.

Tia Moddelmog drained 10 second-half free throws and scored 16 points to lead the Eagles, while Alexa Bell furnished 12, making a couple 3-pointers.

The Eagles led by 14 points going into the fourth quarter, but the Cougars made a last rush to make things interesting. Centre scored 23 points in the final period.

• Moundridge boys 55, Remington 31 — The Wildcats got after it on the defensive end, including the fourth quarter when they did not allow the Broncos to score.

It was a three-pronged attack for MHS as Noah Eichelberger led the way with 20, followed by Brady Helms (15) and Dillon Vogts (12).

“Both teams got off to a slow start, but it picked up in the second quarter,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “Remington is a very well coached team and they have some size, but not the 6-8 and 6-10 that we have had to contend with the last three games. We scored in a variety of ways tonight in transition and in the halfcourt. We shared the ball well tonight (14 assists) with Dillon leading the way with 5. We shot the ball better and really controlled the glass. Brady Helms didn't let some early tough luck shooting get in the way of a solid performance at both ends of the floor. The bench gave us some quality minutes.”

• Remington girls 48, Moundridge 35 — The Wildcats were up 23-16 at the half, but the Broncos ramped up the defensive intensity in the second half to rally for the win.

MHS was outscored 32-12 in the second half.

Bethany Stucky scored 10 of her team-high 16 points in the first half to lead the Wildcats.

• Smoky Valley boys 63, Lyons 46 — The Vikings were somewhat stagnant offensively in the first half, but pierced the Lions for 38 points in the second half.

Smoky Valley is starting to put together a run as it’s hoping to make a third straight trip to state.

Brett Heitschmidt showed some of his old pre-injury form with 16 points. Jacob Adams added 13 and Ben Weldy furnished 11.

• Lyons girls 54, Smoky Valley 39 — This was one the Vikings thought they could get and led 11-9 after a quarter.

But the Lions came up with an 18-5 second quarter to take command.

Amanda Behanna tallied 10 to pace the Vikings.

• Hesston girls 44, Hoisington 9 — The Swathers are really locked in on the defensive effort.

They gave up 2 points or less in three of the quarters in the easy win.

Elise Kaiser made 6 of 6 free throws on her way to 19 points and Kailey Jo Ince supplied 13.

• No report from the Hesston boys.

• Inman’s basketball teams were swept by Marion.

The Teuton boys were defeated 58-53, while the Inman girls lost 40-37. No game information was provided.