More than halfway through the regular season, the Delaware Christian girls basketball team still is looking to hit its stride.
The Eagles were 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the MOCAL before playing Madison Christian on Jan. 17, but coach Jackie Boggs said they have looked "out of whack on everything" and haven't met the higher standard she has set.
"We won six games, but there's only been a couple that looked good," Boggs said. "Even us winning (59-35 against Tree of Life on Jan. 14) by 20-something (points), it just wasn't pretty at all."
Boggs said the Eagles have done enough to win games but need to improve in all phases, especially with breaking pressure and identifying defenses.
"We seem to forget where we're at, and we're not reading quickly," she said. "They're having a hard time recognizing (if the opponent is) in zone, or are they in man. We just have to slow it down a little bit. Sometimes we just go so fast."
On an individual basis, Boggs said she is getting strong contributions from several players.
Senior forward Lyssi Snouffer was averaging team highs of 25.9 points and 13.7 rebounds through nine games. Sophomore forward Katie Neuhart was averaging 12.1 points and 9.8 rebounds, and senior guard Abbi Maurer was averaging 9.4 points and 5.5 rebounds.
"We have three girls that are extremely solid," Boggs said. "Not a lot of teams have three tremendous scorers like we do. So I think that carries us.
"I'm not concerned about our offense because I know with those three we can put points up. It just needs to look better."
The lack of roster depth has had an effect on the team's performance, Boggs said, particularly because of the team's inability to have 10 players on the court at practice. The Eagles, who have nine players, have compensated by playing two-on-two and three-on-three, but it's not the same as five-on-five.
"We're not running our stuff until we face a team, and most of the time it's really chaotic," Boggs said.
The Eagles went 18-6 last season and won their first league championship since 2003, but Boggs said the 22-game regular season was too much considering their lack of depth.
Delaware Christian expects to benefit from playing 18 regular-season games this winter.
"It's going to take us awhile, but I think our rested bodies not getting beat up those four extra games will pay off," Boggs said.
Defense leading boys basketball team
Boys basketball coach Jon Landrum has been pleased with his team's performance, particularly with its defensive effort.
The Eagles were 7-5 overall and 4-0 in the MOCAL before playing Madison Christian on Jan. 16.
"We've played a really tough schedule so far," Landrum said. "But I think our team is really strong defensively, and I think that's where we've really built our identity. We've struggled to score in some games, but we're holding opponents to about 48 points per game total.
"I think we have a tough, really gritty team."
Landrum said senior forward Pryce Johnson embodies that defensive effort. In a 44-41 victory over Shekinah Christian on Dec. 13, Johnson held senior Joel Headings to five points, about 15 below his average.
"He's easily the best defensive player I've ever coached," Landrum said of Johnson. "He's been tasked in various games with guarding the other team's biggest guy ... and he pretty much always holds that guy to below their season average."
Junior guard Nathan Stewart has been another stalwart on defense.
"If there's another guy on the other team we just don't ever want to touch the ball, we put Nathan on him," Landrum said.
Johnson and Stewart also have been among the offensive leaders this season. In a 69-46 win against Danville on Jan. 11, Stewart had 24 points with four 3-pointers while Johnson scored 21.
Junior forward James Vasek had 22 points with three 3s in a 56-40 win over Granville on Jan. 9.
Below are the coming schedules for the Delaware Christian boys basketball and girls basketball teams:
*Jan. 24 -- Home vs. Shekinah Christian. The Pacers defeated the Flames 44-41 on Dec. 13.
Jan. 27 -- At Howard East Knox
*Jan. 23 -- Home vs. Shekinah Christian. The Pacers defeated the Flames 76-7 Dec. 10.