The Grove City Christian School boys basketball team continued its early dominance in the Division IV district tournament with a 93-54 win over 15th-seeded Millersport in the second round March 2 at home.
Brandon Balnoschan made seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points to lead the second-seeded Eagles, who led 27-10 after one quarter. Brandon Baker had 20 points and Noah Tomlinson added 12.
"I was pleased with our performance," coach Chris Timlin said. "Brandon Balnoschan is proof that we have several options offensively. ... When we maximize our potential defensively, we are very competitive. Our goal is to avoid complacency and play every possession as though it's the most important of the season."
The Eagles, who opened the tournament with a 109-38 win over 19th-seeded Granville Christian on Feb. 27 at home, also defeated Millersport 115-44 on Dec. 10 and 98-43 on Jan. 21 in MSL-Cardinal Division play.
Grove City Christian was 20-4 overall before playing eighth-seeded Newark Catholic in a district semifinal March 8, with the winner playing top-seeded Harvest Prep or 11th-seeded Gahanna Christian in a district final Saturday, March 11, at Bloom-Carroll.
Grove City Christian and Harvest Prep split their two MSL-Cardinal games, with the Eagles winning 79-77 on Dec. 16 and Harvest Prep winning 77-68 in overtime Jan. 27. The teams shared the league title at 9-1.
Grove City Christian did not play Gahanna Christian this season.
The district champion plays Oregon Clay, Corning Miller, South Webster or Glouster Trimble in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 14, at Ohio University. The Eagles did not face those potential opponents this season.
The regional final is March 17 at Ohio University.
Girls basketball team
falls to Danville
The ninth-seeded girls basketball team lost to second-seeded Danville 77-34 in a Division IV district semifinal March 1 at Lakewood to finish 9-15 overall.
Senior guard Lauren Bankey led the Eagles with 13 points and senior post player Leah Baker added 10.
Bankey averaged a team-high 10 points and was named first-team all-league.
Senior guard Lane Scott, who tore her left ACL in a 41-38 home win over 10th-seeded Patriot Prep in the second round of the district tournament Feb. 22, was second-team all-league.
Baker was honorable mention all-league. Sophomore forward Naomi Cotter averaged a team-best seven rebounds.
Others eligible to return are juniors Jessalyn Hoyt (forward/guard) and Dalina Phomphengchane (guard) and freshmen Kaitlyn Driftmyer (guard), Sophia Hoyt (post player), Juliana Hunt (guard), Madeline Lewis (forward/guard) and Damaris Vanecko (post player/guard).
The Eagles went 4-6 in the MSL-Cardinal to finish fourth behind Fairfield Christian (10-0), Fisher Catholic (8-2) and Berne Union (5-5) and ahead of Harvest Prep (3-7) and Millers-port (0-10).
"Win, loss records don't always tell the whole story about many teams and that is true of us," said coach Bob Williams, whose team loses four players to graduation.
"Our success and growth has been remarkable. All the challenges have forced them to grow and learn and, most importantly, rely on each other in some very tough games in a very good league."