Grove City Christian School boys basketball coach Chris Timlin hopes his team can return to full strength as the regular season winds down and the Eagles prepare for the Division IV district tournament.
The Eagles stopped a four-game losing streak by defeating Gilead Christian 82-27 on Jan. 15. Senior forward Derek Vaughn scored 28 points and junior guard Tyler Elgin scored 15.
Grove City Christian also defeated Madison Christian 62-41 on Jan. 18. Sophomore guard Tristan Taylor scored 23 points, Vaughn scored 17 and Elgin scored 12.
"It was a good bounce back week for us," Timlin said. "It's been a difficult four weeks."
Timlin said his team has played just three games with its expected starting lineup.
The biggest loss to injury, according to Timlin, has been junior point guard Michael Howard, who fractured his right wrist Dec. 29 after being undercut while going up for a shot against Springfield Emmanuel Christian in the Warrior Invitational at Harvest Prep. The Eagles won 61-56.
Timlin hopes Howard will return during the first week of February. Elgin and junior guard Ben Aulick have stepped in at point guard.
"We've been going with a point guard by committee with Ben Aulick and Tyler Elgin and they've done a wonderful job of just trying to learn that position the best that they can because neither one of them are natural point guards," Timlin said. "They're both natural shooting guards."
The starting lineup was expected to be Howard, Aulick, Elgin, Vaughn and Taylor.
Vaughn, Aulick and Elgin have missed games because of injuries and illnesses, according to Timlin.
Vaughn, the Eagles' only senior, leads the team in scoring at 17.6 points per game. Howard is averaging 11 points over six games.
The Eagles are 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the MOCAL entering their game Thursday, Jan. 24, at Gahanna Christian.
"We're still hanging in there," Timlin said. "We have five wins and we have a long way to go. I couldn't be more proud of the effort that they're putting forward."
Girls team falls without Zeller
The girls basketball team was outscored 23-4 in the second quarter of a 73-25 loss to Gahanna Christian on Jan. 17.
Sophomore guard Baily Graves scored 10 points.
The Eagles played without sophomore point guard Lisa Zeller, who sprained her right hand during a 44-35 win over Marion Catholic on Jan. 15. She finished with 13 points.
"It was hard to watch, I wish I was out there," Zeller said of the Gahanna Christian game. "The team hustled the whole game and they always play as hard as they can no matter what the score is."
Zeller returned against Tree of Life on Jan. 19 and scored 10 points in the Eagles' 58-27 loss.
Zeller entered the week averaging 12.1 points. She scored a season-high 25 in a 56-35 win over Horizon Science Academy on Jan. 8 and a 51-46 loss to Madison Christian on Jan. 11.
She scored in double figures in 12 of her first 14 games.
"All I ask this team to do is keep playing their hardest," coach Elizabeth Morris said.
"Our goal is to get a better record each year. Last year, we almost doubled our (win total from the previous season) and this year I'm hoping to get at least three or four more wins than we did last year (when we finished 7-14)."
The team finished 4-16 in 2010-11.
Grove City Christian was 4-11 overall before playing Millersport on Jan. 21.