The Grove City Christian School boys basketball team will look for a third win this season over Millersport when it plays host to the Lakers in the second round of the Division IV district tournament Thursday, March 2.

The Eagles defeated Millersport 115-44 on Dec. 10 and 98-43 on Jan. 21 in MSL-Cardinal Division play.

The second-seeded Eagles are 19-4 and the 15th-seeded Lakers are 7-15.

"In both games we were able to take advantage of our athleticism," coach Chris Timlin said.

"What we have to be very careful of is Millersport loves to shoot the 3 ball. All five players that start for them have free reign."

The second-round winner plays seventh-seeded Patriot Prep or eighth-seeded Newark Catholic in a semifinal Wednesday, March 8, at a neutral site to be announced. Grove City Christian defeated Patriot Prep 88-63 on Jan. 24 and Newark Catholic 73-62 on Feb. 7.

The district final is March 11 at Bloom-Carroll.

The Eagles opened the postseason with a 109-38 home win over 19th-seeded Granville Christian on Feb. 27.

Brandon Baker scored 20 points, Clayton Shoemaker had 16, Matt Bailey and Brandon Balnoschan each scored 13, Hunter Oda had 12 and Noah Tomlinson added 10.

Girls basketball team
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After a first-round bye, the girls basketball team defeated 10th-seeded Patriot Prep 41-38 in the second round of the Division IV district tournament Feb. 22 at home.

Leah Baker and Lauren Bankey scored 12 points each for Grove City Christian, which trailed by as many as five points in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles played most of the game without senior Lane Scott, who injured her left knee in the first quarter.

Further testing determined Scott suffered a torn ACL, according to athletics director Matt Blandin.

"There was lots of emotion going in and even more when the players realized that one of the seniors and captain was not going to be able to finish the night." coach Bob Williams said.

"We trailed by five in the fourth quarter, but on shear will and heart and a lot of all-out pressure defense, the girls were able to pull it out."

Grove City Christian made five of six free throws in the final 1 minute, 14 seconds.

The ninth-seeded Eagles were 9-14 before playing second-seeded Danville in a semifinal March 1, with the winner playing third-seeded Shekinah Christian or sixth-seeded Granville Christian in a district final Saturday, March 4, at New Albany.

The Eagles did not play Shekinah Christian or Granville Christian this season.

The district champion advances to a regional semifinal March 9 at Pickerington North.

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