Ninth-year Delaware Christian School girls basketball coach Jackie Boggs is pleased with her team's start to the season.
The Eagles were 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the MOCAL before playing Tree of Life on Dec. 20 and had a nonleague game Dec. 21 against Buckeye Valley.
"We have played pretty well for the most part," ninth-year coach Jackie Boggs said. "Our losses were to Ready, which is a deep and talented team, and to Danville, which also is a good team with good tradition. We didn't play well against Danville. But other than that, I've been pretty pleased."
Delaware Christian lost to Danville 67-24 on Dec. 16 and fell to Ready 51-25 on Nov. 30.
The Eagles have been playing without senior point guard Katie Morgan, who had knee surgery during the offseason but could return to the lineup in January. Last season, Morgan averaged 10.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists and was named second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
"She goes back to the doctor on Jan. 7. Then we'll know when she can get back to things and we'll have a better understanding of her timeline," said Boggs, who was MOCAL Coach of the Year last season. "(Junior) Emily Cornelius is doing a good job at the point. She's maintaining control and the pace of the game. She wants to be a scorer, but she understands this is what we need her to do right now. She normally plays on the wing."
Morgan was the only starter from last season to return. The Eagles finished 17-7 last season, losing to Gahanna Christian 64-53 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament after beating Fisher Catholic 49-33 in a play-in game.
The Eagles went 7-5 in the MOCAL a year ago to place fourth behind Gahanna Christian (10-2), Granville Christian (9-3) and Tree of Life (8-4) and ahead of Fairfield Christian (6-6), Madison Christian (2-10) and Grove City Christian (0-12). Fairfield Christian and Madison Christian are no longer in the MOCAL and Gahanna Christian is not fielding a team this winter.
Among the players from last season who were lost to graduation were Emily Kirkham, who averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds and was second-team all-league, and Brenna McCullough, who averaged 13.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals and was named MOCAL Player of the Year and honorable mention all-district.
Senior guard Bethany Kuykendall and sophomore post player Erin McCullough were leading the Eagles in scoring, rebounding and steals through seven games. Kuykendall scored a season-high 22 points and McCullough scored a season-high 18 in a 53-35 win over Shekinah Christian on Dec. 5. The victory was the Eagles' first against Shekinah Christian.
Last season, Kuykendall averaged 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds and was honorable mention all-league and McCullough averaged 3.4 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Delaware Christian returned two other letterwinners in seniors Carmon Weldi (guard) and Alix Stone (post player). Rounding out the team are sophomores Elizabeth Blackburn (guard), Brianna Kuykendall (guard) and Liz Sullivan (post player).
The Eagles' other victories came against Mansfield Christian (45-19 on Dec. 2), Northside Christian (46-37 on Nov. 26), Sparta Highland (39-28 on Nov. 23) and Madison Christian (39-28 on Dec. 14).