Ell-Saline Swept On Sweetheart Night

Ell-Saline High School celebrated its winter homecoming Friday evening in Brookville, hosting the Berean Academy Warriors for a Heart of America League doubleheader on Sweetheart Night.  Unfortunately for the Cardinals, it wouldn’t take long before things turned sour.

In the girls’ varsity matchup, Berean Academy’s suffocating man-to-man defense shut out the Cardinals in the first half, giving the Warriors a 16-0 lead at halftime.  Ell-Saline found some offense in the third quarter to make it a 27-8 game going into the fourth period, but Berean closed out the game by shutting out the Cardinals 11-0 in the final frame on its way to a 38-8 victory.

Berean Academy (10-6, 4-2) junior Brooke Wiebe claimed game-high scoring honors, finishing with 11 points in the Warrior win.  Freshman Anna Eldridge chipped in with nine points, while senior Mallory Wiebe added eight.

Ell-Saline (0-14, 0-6) received three points a piece from junior Sydney Hynes and sophomore Reece Ditto, with sophomore Hannah Backhus accounting for the remaining two points for the Cardinals in the contest.


Berean Academy   9   7  11  11  –  38

Ell-Saline               0   0   8   0  –   8

In the nightcap, the Cardinal boys started the game sluggishly and never recovered.  The Warriors held a 16-2 lead after the first quarter on their way to a 65-36 win.

Berean Academy (13-3, 4-2) had nine plays find their way into the scoring column, with seniors Caleb Bisterfeldt and Devin Rust leading the squad with ten points a piece.  Sophomore Chase Wiebe added nine points off the bench in the victory.

Ell-Saline (3-12, 1-5) received a tremendous individual effort from sophomore guard T.J. Morrical, who hit six three-point baskets on the night on his way to game-high scoring honors.  Morrical finished with 21 points in the loss, while sophomore Treyton Peterson added nine.


Berean Academy   16   20   21    8  –  65

Ell-Saline                 2    14     9   11  –  36