GOESSEL—Area basketball teams were a combined 3-1 on Tuesday while playing in the Bluebird Classic at Goessel. The Elyria Lady Eagles were the only team to take a loss as they continued their offensive struggles, while the Eagle boys and both the Little River boys and girls teams all scored victories.

Both the Little River teams will return to Goessel on Friday for their second round games in the Bluebird Classic where they are both scheduled to play Canton Galva High School.

The Elyria teams, who just finished playing their third game in five days, get a few days for rest and practice before going back to Goessel for the third and final round of the Bluebird Classic on Saturday.

 Eagle girls struggle against Goessel

 It was a struggle for four quarters for the Elyria Christian Lady Eagles on Tuesday while playing their third game in five days at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel as they took a 26-14 loss to host Goessel.

Playing in their third game in just five days, the Lady Eagles struggled from the field by connecting on just four of forty-one attempts, including only one of eighteen from beyond the three-point arc. Neither team could loosen the lid on the basket as Goessel only hit on 10 of 33 shots.

Kylee Penner and Anna Shultz led Elyria with just five and four points respectively. While the Lady Eagles made 13 steals, Goessel had complete control of the boards as they out rebounded Elyria 40-22.

“Four of Forty-One from the field is hard to fathom,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “Most of those shots were what we wanted out of the offense, but they just weren’t going in. I need to find a way to get the girls to relax a little in games, but they will continue to improve as the season progresses. Defense was solid for the majority of the game as I was happy with the 13 steals.”

The Lady Eagles will return to Goessel on Saturday where they will play Burrton in the final round of the Bluebird Classic.

 Eagle boys get steady win over Goessel

 It was steady and consistent play for four quarters on Tuesday that helped the Elyria Christian boys basketball team score a 14-point, 39-25 win over host Goessel on the road at the Bluebird Classic.

After the Eagles outscored Goessel 9-2 in the first quarter, Goessel took a one-point advantage in the second quarter which kept Elyria ahead at 15-9 going into the halftime break. Elyria held a 24-16 edge in scoring for the final two quarters to earn the 14-point victory.

While six Eagles put points in the scorebook, Tyler Huxman was the only one to reach double digits with 11, while Caleb Froese came close with nine. Cross Allen was strong on the boards as he pulled down eight rebounds and Froese gathered in seven. Jacob Nelson helped lead the defense by making five of the 12 steals in the game for the Eagles.

“I am looking forward to the next couple of days because we will get to practice,” commented Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich during his coach reflections. “It was nice to see the boys finally find some rhythm offensively though we still are not as sharp as we would like to be. Goessel plays hard and we were able to match their effort at the beginning. Defensively we were able to contest shots and not foul which allowed us to get out in transition.”

Coach Goodrich concluded his reflections by saying, “Tyler (Huxman) provided great leadership throughout the game, while Caleb (Froese) had another strong performance as he had grown as a player.”

The Eagles will return to Goessel on Saturday for their final game in the Bluebird Classic.

 Little River girls score convincing win

 The Little River girls basketball team scored a convincing 27-point victory on Tuesday in Goessel over Burrton at the Bluebird Classic.

 A 13-point advantage in scoring during the second quarter propelled the Ladyskins to a commanding 29-13 halftime lead before pouncing on Burrton in the final two quarters to extend their lead out to the 27-point final, 57-30, victory in their first round appearance at the Bluedbird Classic.

Leading the offensive attack for Little River was Kaylee Zimmerman as she knocked down 16 points with 12 of those points coming off four made three-pointers. Also reaching double digits for the Ladyskins were Emma McBride with 13 and Mackinze Barta with 12. As a team, Little River had eight players dish out an assist as they totaled 15 assists in the four quarters. Overall the Ladyskins also had command in the paint, gathering in 34 rebounds to just 22 for Burrton, plus Little River forced the Burrton girls into 20 turnovers.

“Tonight I thought we played a full game,” said Ladyskin Head Coach Trey Look. “We started off a little slow but found our rhythm and ended up with a win. Our defense really got us going which then helped our offense. Kaylie (Zimmerman) had a good game tonight and hit some shots that helped open the floor for others to score. If we can continue to force turnovers and keep our turnovers down, we have a great chance to win. I thought we also shared the ball well tonight.”

The Ladyskins will return to the court on Friday when they play Canton/Galva in round two of the Bluebird Classic.

Little River Boys Hold off Burrton for the Win

 Little River and Burrton traded victories in each quarter before the Redskin boys were able to hold off Burrton for the 75-64 win on Tuesday in their first appearance at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel.

The Redskins took a 10-point, 25-15, advantage after the first quarter of play before Burrton took a 17-9 win in points for the second quarter, leaving Little River with just a two-point, 34-32, lead heading into the halftime break. In the third quarter Little River once again took command of the scoreboard by outscoring Burrton 29-14 to take an 18-point advantage into the final quarter of play. While Burrton outscored the Redskins in the final quarter, Little River held on and took the 11-point, 75-64 victory.

Leading the offense for Little River was Jayden Garrison as he poured in 32 points while also gathering eight rebounds. Also making double figures in the scorebook for the Redskins were Trey Rolfs, Matt Dougherty and Jace Garrison who each finished with 10 points.

On defense, Little River forced Burrton into 14 turnovers while only turning the ball over six times themselves. Inside the paint, the Redskins also held an advantage by pulling down 31 rebounds to Burrton’s 21.

Next up for the Little River boys will be on Friday when they return to Goessel for their second round matchup with Canton-Galva.

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