LOST SPRINGS — All good things must come to an end. For the top-ranked Elyria Christian School boys basketball team, Tuesday night at Centre saw the end of a 14-game winning streak.
The boys were outscored in every quarter except one as the Eagles fell 56-44 to Centre High School. The two teams played a four-overtime thriller a few weeks back for the Centre Invitational championship, won by Elyria.
Tuesday night was a different story as the No. 1 team in Class 1A-DII dropped to 14-1 on the season.
“We did not execute very well tonight, and I will take the blame,” head coach Zach Goodrich said. “As I have said before, we still have areas we want to improve and this gives us an opportunity to look at ourselves on film and makes those corrections.”
Centre led Elyria by as many as 14 points in the contest, but falling behind 19-13 at the end of the first quarter put the Eagles in a hole.
Tyler Huxman was a bright spot for the Eagles, scoring a team-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting off the bench.
The Elyria girls were able to salvage the night with a hard-earned win, but head coach Greg Fields was just as displeased with his team’s performance as Goodrich. Despite a 34-30 win, the Eagles know they can still improve.
“One of the only positive things I can say about this game tonight is that we came away with a win,” Fields said.
However, the seniors on the squad stepped up late and found a way to pull out an ugly win. Tied at 19 after three quarters, the veterans made big shots late and won the fourth quarter, 15-11.
“After struggling all night to score, our seniors really stepped up late in the last few minutes of the game,” Fields said. “Christin [Vetter] took over under the basket in the last two minutes, getting six of her 12 points in that time and sealing the game for us.”
With the win, the Elyria girls are now 8-7 on the season.
Both teams remain on the road Friday when they travel to Solomon.