ELYRIA — The first and second halves were like two different games Friday night for the Elyria Christian School boys basketball team.
In the first half, the Eagles were struggling and had to overcome an early deficit to take a two-point lead into halftime. In the second half, the Eagles picked up a full court press and tried to speed the game up more.
It resulted in a 32-point swing.
The Eagles allowed just one point in the entire second half, while scoring 33 points of their own, turning a competitive game into a blowout win, 52-18. Elyria is now 4-0 on the season with all wins coming by double digits.
“Overall, I was pleased with our second half,” head coach Zach Goodrich said. “The boys are still learning, and we still have a lot of growing to do. It’s early in the season and we will take our teachable moments and learn from them.”
Aidan Fields had the hot hand for Elyria Friday night, finishing with 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting. Tyler Thiessen and Caleb Froese each added 13 points to the cause.
The Eagles will look to close out the month of December with a win over Little River on Tuesday. Elyria defeated Little River 44-31 in the season opener.
ELYRIA — Take out the third quarter, and the Elyria Christian School girls basketball team found themselves in a dogfight against Herington.
But the Eagles won the third quarter 13-4 on their way to a 45-31 victory Friday night at home. Elyria played great defense all night, holding Herington to single digit points in three of the four quarters.
“I was happy with the defensive effort for most of the game tonight,” head coach Greg Fields said. “We had a stretch where we couldn’t score for about the first six minutes of the second quarter. Brekken Anderson came off the bench and hit a 3 that sparked our offense again and helped us build a 20-point lead.”
Christin Vetter led the Elyria attack with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bailey Unruh also scored 14 points, while Makenzie Archer had her best varsity game, according to Fields, with seven points.
Elyria, now 2-2, gets a chance to avenge its season-opening loss against Little River on Tuesday. The Eagles fell 35-31 to the Redskins on Dec. 5. Game time in Elyria is scheduled for 6 p.m.