Grove City Christian School boys basketball coach Chris Timlin already is looking forward to next season.

Grove City Christian School boys basketball coach Chris Timlin already is looking forward to next season.

Led by a pair of underclassmen, the Eagles improved throughout the season and finished 9-14 overall and 3-7 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.

Seeded ninth for the Division IV district tournament, Grove City Christian lost its postseason opener at sixth-seeded Tree of Life 64-52 in a second-round game March 6.

Matt Bailey led the Eagles with 14 points and Brandon Baker scored 11.

Baker, a sophomore guard, averaged a team-best 18.6 points and was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Bailey, a sophomore point guard, averaged 11.7 points and 5.7 assists and was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

"I am more optimistic about the future of this program than ever before," said Timlin, who completed his fourth season. "I expect our club to be playing championship-caliber basketball throughout the course of the next three years. It is my job to see this through. We will be very talented at every position on the floor for years to come."

Senior guard Tristan Taylor averaged 9.6 points. Seniors Tre Roberts (6.7 points) and Aaron Whitaker (5.8 points) were other key contributors.

Also eligible to return are junior forwards Josh Frimpong and Kurtis McKeon, sophomore guard Hunter Oda and freshman forward Noah Tomlinson.

Grove City Christian finished fifth in the MSL-Cardinal behind Harvest Prep (10-0), Berne Union (7-3), Fisher Catholic (5-5) and Fairfield Christian (5-5) and ahead of Millersport (0-10).

Girls basketball teamearns winning record

The girls basketball team finished 13-11 overall under first-year coach Mindy Bankey.

Bankey, who was an assistant in the program, replaced Elizabeth Morris after she resigned Dec. 5 because of personal reasons.

In the Division IV district tournament, seventh-seeded Grove City Christian went on a 19-4 run in the fourth quarter to earn a 33-27 win over ninth-seeded Delaware Christian in the first round Feb. 24 at home. Senior guard Lisa Zeller scored 15 points.

The Eagles lost at home to 10th-seeded Fairbanks 37-35 in the second round Feb. 28 as junior guard Olivia Nester scored 14 points.

Zeller, who surpassed 1,000 career points on Jan. 8 against Madison Christian, was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. She averaged 17.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Nester, who averaged 10.2 points, was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Junior center Olivia Carter, who averaged 6.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, was honorable mention all-league.

Others eligible to return are junior forward Jessica Jablonski and sophomore guards Lauren Bankey and Lane Scott.

The Eagles went 6-4 in the MSL-Cardinal to finish third behind Fairfield Christian (10-0) and Berne Union (8-2) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (4-6), Millersport (2-8) and Harvest Prep (0-10).

"We had a very good season," coach Bankey said. "We are proud of our girls. They overcame adversity, injuries and sickness to accomplish much. We will miss Lisa and the senior players, however. They left a tremendous impact on the program."