For the third consecutive season, the Delaware Christian School girls basketball team will play Fisher Catholic in the Division IV district tournament.
The Eagles will play host to the Irish in their postseason opener Saturday, Feb. 16, with the winner advancing to play at fourth-seeded Gahanna Christian on Feb. 19.
"We are the 10th seed and they are the 11th," coach Jackie Boggs said. "We had two decent options, but I thought this one was best. We wouldn't have to play (top-seeded) Newark Catholic in our second game."
Delaware Christian lost to Fisher Catholic 37-27 in their postseason opener last season. In 2011, the Eagles defeated the Irish 49-45 before losing to Harvest Prep 70-42 in a district semifinal.
In addition to the postseason, this year's teams also are familiar with one another, as Delaware Christian defeated Fisher Catholic 34-26 on Dec. 18.
"It does seem like we're playing each other every year in the tournament," Boggs said. "In our game in December, we trailed by one going into the fourth quarter, but Brenna McCullough scored eight (of her game-high 12) points to help us win."
The Eagles were 14-6 overall and 6-5 in the MOCAL before closing league play Feb. 8 against Tree of Life. They close the regular season Monday, Feb. 11, as host to Mansfield Christian.
The Irish were 9-11 overall before Feb. 7. Fisher Catholic is led by guards Sarah Wood and Laura McGee.
"Fisher Catholic is a smaller team, but they pressure you and get in your face when you enter the gym," Boggs said. "We're going to have to handle their pressure and try to get the ball into the post with Brenna McCullough and Lenora Boyer."
The Eagles were swept by Gahanna Christian in MOCAL play, losing 53-28 on Dec. 11 and 50-45 on Jan. 19.
"Except for the second quarter, we played much better against Gahanna Christian in our second meeting," Boggs said. "They outscored us (16-4) in the second quarter. They've got some great players. Christina Grubich is an outstanding guard and Alex Sutton does a nice job in the post. Plus, they have a sophomore guard, Dana Parkman, who can shoot it and feed it well."
Grubich had 15 points, Sutton had 14 and Parkman had nine in the second meeting. The Eagles countered with sisters Brenna and Erin McCullough, who both scored 13, and point guard Katie Morgan, who added eight.
"It won't be easy, but my goal for us is to reach (a district semifinal)," Boggs said. "In order to do that, we have to play well and handle pressure defenses."
Brenna McCullough was averaging 12.2 points and 10 rebounds through 20 games. Morgan was averaging 12 points and guard Bethany Kuykendall was averaging 8.5 points.
Boys basketball team losing close ones
The boys basketball team has lost its share of close games the past few weeks.
The Eagles fell to Tree of Life 59-57 on Jan. 24 and lost to Gahanna Christian 53-50 on Jan. 26. After beating Grove City Christian 78-60 on Jan. 29, Delaware Christian fell to Northside Christian 46-44 on Feb. 4.
The Eagles will close the regular season this week, playing at Fairfield Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at home against Tree of Life on Thursday, Feb. 14, and at Berne Union on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Division IV district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 10. Junior forward Austin Roden averaged 14 points in the four games before playing Madison Christian on Feb. 7. The Eagles were 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the MOCAL.
Shooting guard MacGregor Roberts scored 11 points against Tree of Life and had 16 against Northside Christian. Point guard Pete Kerins had 13 against Gahanna Christian, 16 against Grove City Christian and eight against Northside Christian.