The Grove City Christian School boys basketball team entered the week looking to build momentum after snapping a five-game losing streak.
The Eagles were 5-15 overall and 3-10 in the MSL-Cardinal Division before closing league play Feb. 19 against Berne Union.
"Winning (Feb. 15) helps us," coach Chris Timlin said. "The good thing about having a group of younger players is it's easy for them to buy in. I don't think they care so much about what their record is. I don't think they care who they have to play against. They want to keep playing (and) they want to keep practicing, so that makes it very easy for the coaches."
Grove City Christian, which closes the regular season Friday, Feb. 22, at home against Newark Catholic, won a league game at Millersport 63-56 on Feb. 15 despite being in foul trouble for most of the game.
"We had to go very deep into our bench," Timlin said. "We played nine guys and nine guys got significant minutes. It was a good thing for us, a good thing for the kids to be able to get a win on the road. We were able to fight through it."
Taylor Stauffer led Grove City Christian with 17 points. Brayden Holbrook had 13 points and nine rebounds and Garrett Baker added 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Eagles are seeded 24th in the Division III district tournament and visit seventh-seeded Africentric in the first round Monday, Feb. 25. The winner plays 23rd-seeded London in the second round March 2 at the home of the better seed.
"Division III is extraordinary this year," Timlin said. "We knew that coming in. As soon as (athletics director) Matt (Blandin) and I got the news last year that we were moving (from Division IV) to Division III, I knew what we were in for. There are some incredible players, very good coaches (and) programs that have a lot of tradition."
Grove City Christian lost at Harvest Prep 94-32 on Feb. 12. The Warriors, who are seeded first in Division III, won the league title at 14-0.
Baker led the Eagles with eight points.
Girls basketball team opens postseason
The 10th-seeded girls basketball team was 10-11 before playing at second-seeded Newark Catholic in the second round of the Division IV district tournament Feb. 20.
The winner plays seventh-seeded Tree of Life or 12th-seeded Morral Ridgedale in the third round Saturday, Feb. 23, at the home of the better seed. That winner advances to a district semifinal against third-seeded Berne Union, fourth-seeded Delaware Christian, 14th-seeded Wellington or 16th-seeded Madison Christian on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at a neutral site to be determined.
Sophie Hoyt scored seven points in an 82-18 loss at Fairfield Christian on Feb. 11. Fairfield Christian finished first in the MSL-Cardinal at 14-0 and has won 65 consecutive league games.
Hoyt scored 12 points in a 71-33 loss to Corning Miller on Feb. 12.
Freshman swimmer competes at district
Freshman swimmer Wylee Whittredge closed her season by competing in the Division II district meet Feb. 14 at Ohio State.
She tied for 20th in the 100-yard freestyle (59.04 seconds) and was 28th in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.77).
Junior Maggie Isner and freshman Alayna Riggs rounded out the team.
The Eagles finished third (52) in a three-team sectional on Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington behind Grandview (401) and Wellington (261). They finished 11th (20) of 13 teams in the MSL meet Jan. 26 behind champion and host Columbus Academy (253).