The Delaware Christian School boys and girls basketball teams combined for a 3-39 record, including 0-24 in the MOCAL.

The Delaware Christian School boys and girls basketball teams combined for a 3-39 record, including 0-24 in the MOCAL.

But combined, the Eagles also had no seniors. So both teams knew the season would be one of learning and growth.

"Our development was good, it just was intangible in terms of our record," said boys coach Matt Myers, whose team lost to top-seeded Newark Catholic 79-31 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament last Tuesday at Newark to finish 1-20. "We showed character, stuck with it, had a good attitude all the way through and worked hard in practice. Those are all positive things."

The girls team's season also ended last Tuesday as it fell to Northside Christian 38-19 in the Division IV district tournament at Westerville North to finish 2-19. Both teams went 0-12 in the MOCAL.

"The girls endured a lot, playing against teams with much more experience, size and strength," said girls coach Ken Kirby, whose team had lost to Northside 40-34 on Feb. 13 and 49-34 on Jan. 10 in MOCAL meetings. "They took a beating week after week and showed heart to keep coming back and working hard to improve. That builds character in the long run."

The boys team beat Liberty Christian 67-51 in the opener Dec. 6. The Eagles had chances to win a few more, but lost four times by nine or fewer points.

The team had three juniors in guard Josh Griffin and post players Daniel Kayano and Tyler Moll.

Kayano, an exchange student from Brazil, averaged 7.8 points in 10 games before returning home. Griffin averaged 5.8 points.

Sophomores expected to return include guards Brandon Carroll, Hughie Kerins and Tommy Graves, as well as post players Michael Kapraly and Aric French.

Kerins led the team in scoring at 12.5 per game. Carroll was second at 11.2.

The freshmen expected back include guards Michael Sullivan and Brandon Cooper, wing player Trent Martin and post players Jeff Copley and Paul Haberman. Sullivan averaged 5.7 points and Martin averaged 3.0 points.

The Eagles were last in the MOCAL. Tree of Life won the title at 12-0 and was followed by Fairfield Christian at 10-2, Gahanna Christian at 7-5, Madison Christian at 6-6, Grove City Christian at 5-7, Northside Christian at 2-10 and Delaware Christian.

"We need to work hard on our individual skills in the offseason," Myers said. "They can use a very good Newark Catholic team as an example. Newark Catholic didn't have any superstars, but they had skill at every position and that's where we need to get."

The girls team also won its opener, over Torah Academy 39-38 on Dec. 2. Its other victory was 43-41 over Liberty Christian on Jan. 8. All of the losses were by double-digit margins, with the closest being to Marion Catholic 47-34 on Dec. 6.

In addition to having no seniors, the girls team also had no juniors on the nine-player roster.

There were four sophomores in guard Ashley Hovda, forward Laura Bush and centers Annielaurie Roberts and Katie Hewitt.

Freshman guard Haley Kirby led the team in scoring average at 11.7 points. Other freshmen on the roster were wing players Sarah Harp and Ji-eun Cha and forwards Callie Miller and Liz Roden. Harp was the second-leading scorer at 6.5 points per game. All but Cha, who is an exchange student, are expected to return.

Fairfield Christian won the MOCAL at 12-0, followed by Tree of Life at 10-2, Gahanna Christian at 7-5, Madison Christian at 6-6, Grove City Christian at 5-7, Northside Christian at 2-10 and Delaware Christian.

"We were starting to see the girls getting more comfortable shooting, being in the right positions on defense and boxing out," coach Kirby said. "There was improvement across the board. With some offseason work, and maybe some of them playing AAU, this can be a team to be reckoned within the next few years."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Christian boys basketball and girls basketball teams:

BOYS

*Feb. 20 -- Lost to Northside Christian 56-41. Brandon Carroll scored 13 points and Josh Griffin added eight.

Feb. 21 -- Lost to Shekinah Christian 81-43. Hughie Kerins had 10 points and Griffin had seven.

Last Tuesday -- Lost to top-seeded Newark Catholic 79-31 in first round of Division IV district tournament. Carroll had 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

Of note: The Eagles finished 1-20 overall and 0-12 in the MOCAL.

GIRLS

Last Tuesday -- Lost to Northside Christian 38-19 in second round of Division IV district tournament. Haley Kirby scored nine points.

Of note: The Eagles finished 2-19 overall and 0-12 in the MOCAL.

*MOCAL game