ELYRIA — It’s the first time Greg Fields has ever had four seniors expected to start at Elyria Christian School.

Fields, entering his fifth season with the program, is hoping the senior leadership will translate to more wins in close games.

“Five of our losses last season were by four points or less and almost every game was within reach in the fourth quarter,” Fields said. “I anticipate those close games to go our way with the excellent leadership that we will have on the court.”

The four seniors expected to contribute — Bailey Unruh, Christin Vetter, Melea Redenbaugh, and Audra Boerger — combined for 26.6 points per game. Vetter and Redenbaugh will give opposing teams fits with their physicality down low, while Unruh and Boerger will make plays from the perimeter.

“Our presence inside will present a lot of difficulties for most teams,” Fields said. “A couple of guards have been working on their outside shooting, and as long as improvements are made in that area, it should open up great opportunities in the paint. We will continue to be very defensive minded, and it will hopefully get even more points in transition this season.”

Juniors Makenzie Archer, Anna Shultz, and Brekken Anderson will see playing time along with sophomore Claire Adamyk.

Elyria opens its season on Dec. 5 at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel.

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