GOESSEL—Four teams named Eagles represented McPherson County on Monday at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel and only one secured a victory, and that was the Canton-Galva Lady Eagles as they gained win number one for new Head Coach Shelby Hoppes. The Canton-Galva boys as well as both the boys and girls from Elyria Christian all suffered defeats in Goessel.

Both the Elyria Christian Eagle teams will be back on the court Tuesday when they return to Goessel to play host Goessel, while the two Canton-Galva Eagle teams return to Goessel on Friday for their second round of games against Little River.

Convincing Win for Canton-Galva Girls at Goessel

Playing just days after their season opener, the Canton-Galva girls basketball team scored a big first victory for new Head Coach Shelby Hoppes on Monday when they defeated Burrton, 56-31, in the opening round of the Bluebird Classic in Goessel.

The Lady Eagles powered out to a commanding 22-5 lead at the end of the first quarter before Burrton was able to get their offense going in the second quarter to pull back within 12 at 33-21 going into the halftime break. Canton-Galva came out in the third and held Burrton to just one point while dropping in 13 to double their point advantage at 24 with a 46-22 lead heading into the final quarter and on to their final 25 point victory.

It was the Lady Eagles defense that frustrated Burrton for the whole game and eventually gaining 19 turnovers, including a whopping 12 steals by Alexa Bell. Bell was also the Canton-Galva hot hand on the offensive end as she poured in 20 points for the game while Tia Moddlemog hit for 12. At just five-foot-three, Kasha Unruh still managed to dominate the boards by pulling down 11 rebounds.

Reflecting on his first victory as the Lady Eagle leader, Coach Hoppes noted, “We played really well tonight defensively as we were able to cause 19 turnovers with our press which lead to each buckets for us in transition. Alexa (Bell) played really well tonight and while she lead our team in scoring I was more pleased with how she defended as the played passing lanes really well and was able to come up with a dozen steals. Kaysha (Unruh) played like a true big tonight as she worked for position and used her body very well. Overall our energy tonight was closer to where it needs to be for us to compete at a high level and when you bring energy like that, good things usually happen.”

The Lady Eagles will return to action in the Bluebird Classic at Goessel on Friday when they will play Little River.

Canton-Galva boys lose by four

Despite a strong comeback in the fourth quarter the Canton-Galva boys basketball team fell short in the first round of the Bluebird Classic at Goessel on Monday, losing to Burrton by just four-points, 62-58.

The Eagle boys were down by 10 at the end of the first quarter and 16 after quarter number three before out scoring Burrton 27-17 in the fourth quarter before falling by just four-points. Three Canton-Galva players reached double digits in the scorebook led by Landon Everett and Kinser Colgin who both hit for 14 points while Brayden Collins scored 13. Tyson Struber and Connor Koehn were workhorses under the boards as they recorded ten and nine rebounds respectively.

The fact they almost came from behind to win the game was noted by Head Coach Shane Duncan in his coach reflections when he said, “We used a rotation tonight of two juniors, 4 sophomores and 2 freshman and still almost won the game. I am very proud of the fight we showed to get back in the game at the end.”

Canton-Galva boys will be back in action on Friday at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel when they will play Little River.

Elyria Boys Fall Short at Bluebird Classic

It’s a rough way to start the new season when you play three games in just five days, but that is what the Elyria Christian boys basketball team is facing, and game number two was Monday at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel where they stumbled thanks to a rough opening quarter and lost, 59-45, to Central Christian.

The Eagles got behind the eight-ball in the first quarter when they were held to just seven points while Central Christian dropped in 19 to take a 12-point early advantage. Elyria Christian managed to pull within five at 27-22 going into the halftime break before Central Christian kept the upper hand throughout the second half and handed the Eagles the 13-point loss.

Jacob Nelson had the hot hands for the Eagle offense as he hit three-of-six shots from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points. Caleb Froese also finished the game with an even dozen points plus five rebounds while Jackson Stone finished with six rebounds.

“We are in a tough stretch of basketball,” noted Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “We have a few games in a row and not much practice time in between them. I also need to do a better job of getting us ready and not starting the games playing from behind. We had another slow start and defensively we are not dialed in like we need to be. Caleb Froes was able to find some rhythm on the offensive end, while Jacob (Nelson) saw some shots go in and if he can continue to do that for us then we will have the ability to spread the floor more for our interior play.”

Next up for the Elyria Christian boys will be a return to action on Tuesday when they return to the Bluebird Classic to play host Goessel.

Elyria Lady Eagles humbled at Bluebird Classic

When you score just one point in an entire half, you know the outcome will not be good, and that is how the Elyria Christian girls basketball team played on Monday at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel when Central Christian dominated the Lady Eagles and handed them a 47-16 defeat.

Only four Lady Eagles put points in the scorebook with Olivia Peters leading the way with six, while Makenzie Archer had four and both Kylee Penner and Claire Adamyk scored three. As a team the Elyria girls shot just 18 percent from the field for the game.

Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields still looked for the positives during his coach reflections by saying, “We had a very slow start offensively and I was beginning to think that we would never get to double figures in the game. A couple of our freshman stepped up after the half and contributed to a nine-point third quarter, so it did give us some hope that eventually we can learn to score. Olivia (Peters) played well in her first game as a starter as she was more aggressive offensively than I expected and I think that she could really be a special player as she continues to progress.”

The Lady Eagles turn around and return to Goessel on Tuesday to tackle host Goessel in round two of the Bluebird Classic.

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