With six games remaining in the regular season, Grove City Christian boys basketball coach Chris Timlin hopes his six seniors get a memorable send-off.
In what has been a disappointing season, Timlin and his players are looking for a strong finish as they prepare for the Division IV district tournament.
The Eagles are 2-14 overall and 0-8 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.
"I have a lot of seniors who I want to be able to go out on a good note," Timlin said. "Our goals are to go out and win each of the next six, but the kids are really struggling with their confidence and sometimes that's hard to tell yourself that you can do what the coaches believe what they can be."
The Eagles have been competitive in several of their losses, including a 63-60 setback at Millersport on Dec. 17. The teams meet again Friday, Jan. 31, at Grove City Christian.
Trailing Zanesville Rosecrans 18-6 after one quarter Jan. 25, the Eagles closed to within 26-25 at halftime. The Bishops, however, pulled away in the second half for a 65-41 win.
"The problem with that (was) in the first quarter we again had an inability to finish high-percentage field-goal opportunities," Timlin said. "That's what really bit us. We had fantastic looks in the first quarter at the basket. We've been talking about trying to get these kids to go downhill more and attacking the basket more, utilizing the post more and they did. The problem was we didn't finish."
Koby Brunney led the Eagles with 18 points.
"We battled back and played hard," Timlin said. "We played ourselves back to within one point, but then we didn't do the little things coming out early in the third quarter."
Cameron Donohoe scored 12 points in a 96-44 loss to visiting Harvest Prep on Jan. 21.
Timlin has been pleased with the play of junior forward Evan Bowen.
"He's starting to do a lot of the things that we know he's capable of doing," Timlin said. "He's really starting to get physical. He's starting to rebound the basketball on a more consistent basis. He's starting to hit big jump shots for us. We're very excited for what he's going to do for us as a senior. He's coming along really strong."
Girls team earns second league win
The girls basketball team picked up its second league win by defeating Millersport 56-42 on Jan. 18.
Sophie Hoyt scored 25 points to lead the Eagles. Paige Spencer had 11 and Maddie Anderson added 10.
Anderson scored seven points in a 62-19 loss at Berne Union on Jan. 24.
Grove City Christian lost at New Hope Christian 61-33 on Jan. 25.
The Eagles were 3-12 overall and 2-7 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Fairfield Christian on Jan. 28.
Girls swimmers compete in MSL meet
Three girls swimmers competed in the MSL meet Jan. 25 at Columbus Academy.
Wylee Whittredge accounted for the Eagles' four points, finishing ninth in the 50-yard freestyle (27.53 seconds) and 16th in the 100 free (1:03.62).
Grove City Christian tied Circleville for 14th of 15 teams behind champion Columbus School for Girls (393).
Maggie Isner finished 23rd in the 200 free (2:50.43) and 31st in the 100 backstroke (1:36.05), and Roxy Rooker was 26th in the 100 back (1:20.46).
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City Christian boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Millersport. The Eagles lost to the Lakers 63-60 on Dec. 17.
*Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Berne Union. The Eagles lost to the Rockets 61-46 on Dec. 21.
Jan. 30 -- At Liberty Union
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Fisher Catholic. The Eagles lost to the Irish 58-21 on Dec. 20.
Feb. 4 -- At Logan Elm
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 1 -- Wellington at Columbus Aquatics Center