Coach Kevin Teaford and his Grove City Christian boys basketball team have set their sights on a trip to the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Coach Kevin Teaford and his Grove City Christian boys basketball team have set their sights on a trip to the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

The Eagles play Gilead Christian at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in a Division IV district tournament game at Olentangy Liberty.

The winner plays Wellington School, Fisher Catholic or Fairfield Christian in a district semifinal on March 9 at the Fairgrounds.

Fourth-seeded Grove City Christian is 11-7 overall and finished 7-3 in the MOCAL.

The Eagles have just one district tournament victory, a 42-38 win over Madison Christian in the 2006-07 season.

"I'm extremely happy," Teaford said. "This is as good as we've ever been seeded. I'm extremely excited for these guys."

Grove City Christian and Gilead Christian met last season, with Gilead Christian pulling out a 61-57 win.

Gilead Christian was 5-13 before its game against Kingsway Christian last Tuesday.

Garrison Hinkle, who was averaging 12.8 points per game before last Tuesday, leads Gilead Christian. Hinkle is the son of Gilead Christian coach Bob Hinkle.

Other key players are Lincoln Ellyson (11.1 ppg) and Jacob Mosher (10 ppg).

Brice Bowman, who has been playing through a knee injury, leads Grove City Christian in scoring at 15.1 points per game. Bradley Saxton is averaging 13.6 points.

The Eagles have also been boosted by the return of point guard Cody Lucas, who missed action with mononucleosis.

"Cody has played in the last three games and has played relatively well," Teaford said.

•The girls basketball team finished 6-12 overall and 2-8 in the MOCAL.

The Eagles fell to MOCAL champion Fairfield Christian 61-33 in a Division IV district tournament game on Feb. 18 at Westerville North.

Lindsey Eickel led the Eagles with 12 points.

Grove City Christian concluded the regular season last Saturday, falling to Fairfield Christian 59-32 in a rescheduled game.

The Eagles lose Meridith Brackman, Katy Koenig and Sarah Sharp.

"Meridith has been a big part of the program for my three years here," coach Dan Cart-wright said. "Sarah and Katy have both been two-year starters and a big part. We didn't have any seniors last year, so they have really been the veteran class the last two years. They have provided leadership on and off the court."

Cartwright will again look to Eickel next season for solid contributions. She led the team in scoring, averaging 15.1 points.

Other key returnees should be juniors Amanda Folzenlogen, Megan Keating and Brooke Warner.

Junior Arion Taylor, sophomores Mia Webber, Lindsey Norbut and Kathryn Juarez and freshmen Leslee Hovis and Brionna Taylor are also expected to return.

Grove City Christian finished fifth in the conference behind Fairfield Christian (10-0), Tree of Life (8-2), Gahanna Christian (5-4) and Delaware Christian (4-5) and ahead of Madison Christian (0-10).

The Eagles' conference wins came against Madison Christian 53-27 on Dec. 5 and 49-28 on Jan. 22.

"We would have liked to win a few more games, but all things considered, the kids worked really hard and put a lot of effort out there," Cartwright said. "We have to keep progressing, keep working hard and try to catch up. Hopefully we'll have a better year next year."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Grove City Christian boys basketball team:

*Feb. 18 -- Defeated Fairfield Christian 54-38

*Last Friday -- Lost to Tree of Life 61-42

*Last Saturday -- Def. Delaware Christian 80-64

Saturday -- At Olentangy Liberty vs. Gilead Christian in a Division IV district tournament game

Of note: The Eagles are 11-7 overall and 7-3 in the MOCAL.

*MOCAL game

Girls BASKETBALL

•Record: 6-12 overall, 2-8 (fifth) in MOCAL

•Seniors lost: Meridith Brackman, Katy Koenig and Sarah Sharp

•Key returnees: Lindsey Eickel, Amanda Folzenlogen, Megan Keating and Brooke Warner