The Delaware Christian School girls basketball team defeated host Tree of Life 61-48 on Jan. 8 for its fourth consecutive victory and sixth in seven games.
The Eagles were 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the MOCAL before playing at Granville Christian on Jan. 11.
Lyssi Snouffer again supplied a huge double-double with 32 points and 30 rebounds, as well as recording four steals, three assists and three blocked shots. Abbi Maurer added 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists and Emma Rindfuss had seven points for the Eagles, who outrebounded the Trojans 57-29.
"Lyssi was sick and we wanted to play her limited minutes, but she insisted she was going to play hard because this was an important game for us," coach Jackie Boggs said. "I thought Abbi and Emma really stepped up, too, handling (Tree of Life's) pressure defense."
Snouffer surpassed the 1,000-point barrier for her career Jan. 5 during a 44-41 win over visiting Shekinah Christian in a battle of unbeaten MOCAL teams, totaling 26 points and 20 rebounds in the game. Katie Neuhart made two free throws to give the Eagles a 42-41 lead and Snouffer added two free throws to close the scoring.
"That was our biggest game so far this year and I didn't care how many points we scored as long as we came away with the win," Snouffer said. "I went into the game 18 points short of 1,000, but my teammates didn't know. We didn't want them to think about that. Just my coaches and my parents knew because the less drama in a big game, the better. But it was nice to get both (my 1,000th career point and the win) done together."
Maurer added eight points, six rebounds and three steals against Shekinah Christian.
Delaware Christian opened the 2019 portion of its schedule by beating Morral Ridgedale 56-48 on Jan. 3, as Snouffer had 23 points, Maurer scored 11 and Neuhart and Rindfuss added eight points apiece.
Boys basketball team getting better results
After opening the season 0-6, the boys basketball team went 2-2 in its next four games and was 2-8 overall before playing Zanesville Rosecrans on Jan. 10.
Both of the Eagles' wins through 10 games came in MOCAL play, with the Eagles defeating Madison Christian 50-45 on Dec. 22 and Shekinah Christian 58-55 on Jan. 5. They were 2-2 in the league before playing Northside Christian on Jan. 12.
Delaware Christian had balanced scoring in both victories. Jon Walter had 11 points against Madison Christian, followed by Nathan Stewart with 10 points, Dayne Johnson with nine and Curtis Bean with seven. Against Shekinah Christian, Johnson had 17 points, followed by Pryce Johnson with 14, A.J. Vasek with 11 and Walter with 10.
The Eagles lost to Fredericktown 66-47 on Jan. 8 as Dayne Johnson and Pryce Johnson had 14 points apiece.
Below are the coming schedules for the Big Walnut boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
Jan. 15 -- At Olentangy Orange
*Jan. 18 -- At Canal Winchester. The Golden Eagles lost to the Indians 57-53 on Dec. 7.
Jan. 15 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange
*Jan. 18 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester. The Golden Eagles beat the Indians 40-28 on Dec. 7.
*Jan. 15 -- Marysville at Dragon Lanes
Jan. 19 -- Central District Preview Tournament at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 18 -- Gahanna at Gahanna YMCA
Jan. 19 -- Diving meet at Columbus School for Girls
*Jan. 17 -- At Canal Winchester
Jan. 19 -- Ron Thomas Sr. Invitational at Jonathan Alder