Grove City Christian School boys basketball coach Chris Timlin continues to look for balance from his lineup.
Brayden Holbrook has been the Eagles' top scorer, but Timlin has been waiting for someone else to emerge to help complement the junior.
Grove City Christian was 3-9 overall and 1-6 in the MSL-Cardinal Division before playing Wellington on Jan. 22.
"We have the potential to be much better than what our record represents," Timlin said. "Our problem is we're really struggling to find a consistent scorer to support Brayden Holbrook. We've done a lot in trying to tinker around with the offense. Since I've been at Grove City Christian, we're probably spending more time on what we're trying to do offensively than any other team I've ever coached."
The Eagles earned their first league win by defeating visiting Millersport 61-53 on Jan. 15 as Holbrook scored 16 points and Cameron Donohoe added 10.
Holbrook scored 23 points and Donohoe added nine in a 71-50 loss at Zanesville Rosecrans on Jan. 18.
"We just got outmuscled," Timlin said. "We gave up too many second-chance opportunities and Rosecrans has a really good basketball team. We lacked physicality."
Holbrook was averaging 15.5 points through 12 games. Garrett Baker and Taylor Stauffer were next at 7.5 points apiece, and Baker led in rebounding at 8.1 per game.
The Eagles are looking to gain momentum heading into the Division III district tournament, which begins Feb. 25.
The remaining schedule, however, includes games Feb. 5 and 12 against Harvest Prep, which led the MSL-Cardinal at 6-0 before playing Fairfield Christian on Jan. 22. The Warriors were first in the district poll and third in the state poll last week.
Grove City Christian also plays Fisher Catholic, which was ranked first in the district in Division IV, on Feb. 9.
The Eagles also have games against Hartley on Monday, Jan. 28, and Worthington Christian on Feb. 2. Hartley was ranked fourth in the district in Division II last week.
"There's a bit of a confidence block right now and the coaching staff is doing everything that we can to hone in on the mental part of their game," Timlin said. "We've seen it in practice. We know what they're capable of offensively. It just hasn't transitioned yet on a consistent basis on game nights."
Girls basketball team remains at .500
The girls basketball team is 7-7 overall and 4-5 in the MSL-Cardinal is it prepares to play host to Berne Union on Friday, Jan. 25.
The Eagles completed a regular-season sweep of Wellington, defeating the Jaguars 43-38 on Jan. 15 as Naomi Cotter scored 21 points.
The Eagles also defeated Wellington 44-30 on Dec. 7.
Cotter scored five points in a 67-21 loss at Worthington Christian on Jan. 17. The Warriors, who were 13-1 before playing Marion Elgin on Jan. 21, were ranked fourth in the district in Division III last week.
Softball, boys golf coaches step down
The school is seeking two new coaches following the resignations of softball coach Elysse Rathbone and boys golf coach Josh Braniff.
Athletics director Matt Blandin said both coaches stepped down because of personal reasons, but added both could remain with their respective program in some role.
Rathbone compiled a record of 5-28 overall and 4-18 in the MSL-Cardinal in two seasons.
Braniff, who coached the golf team for two seasons, will remain as the junior varsity boys basketball coach.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City Christian boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:
*Jan. 26 -- Home vs. Fairfield Christian. The Eagles lost to the Knights 56-43 on Dec. 18.
Jan. 28 -- At Hartley
*Jan. 25 -- Home vs. Berne Union. The Eagles lost to the Rockets 49-16 on Dec. 15.
Jan. 26 -- At New Hope Christian
*Jan. 29 -- At Harvest Prep. The Eagles defeated the Warriors 29-17 on Dec. 21.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 26 -- MSL meet at Columbus Academy