The Grove City Christian boys basketball team's postseason game epitomized most of its season, according to coach Chris Timlin.
The 15th-seeded Eagles had chances to win the game in the fourth quarter after rallying from a double-digit deficit, but couldn't convert on several opportunities and lost 56-50 at 12th-seeded Morral Ridge-dale on Feb. 25 in the second round of the Division IV district tournament.
Grove City Christian went 11-for-22 from the free-throw line, including 3-for-8 in the fourth quarter.
"We also had several missed opportunities that needed to be finalized," said Timlin, whose team finished 6-17 overall and loses six players to graduation. "We cut a 14-point deficit to two, but could not capitalize within three to four feet of the rim. The game was a narrative of the season. We just struggled to score the ball this season."
Senior forward Garrett Baker had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and freshman forward Braydan Taylor had 10 points.
"I was proud that the kids, (despite being) down 14 (points), didn't lay down because it felt like it was going to be one of those situations where we were going to get rolled out of the building," Timlin said. "But the kids did an excellent job continuing to fight."
Senior guard Braydan Holbrook averaged a team-best 11.8 points and was named second-team all-MSL-Cardinal Division and honorable mention all-district.
Baker established a single-season program record for rebounds with 233, passing Derek Vaughn's previous record of 193 in 2012-13. He averaged 8.0 points and 10.1 rebounds and was honorable mention all-league.
"I was very proud of how Garrett finalized his senior year," Timlin said. "He put together a double-double (in scoring and rebounding) in six of our last eight games. He ended his career on a high note."
Taylor averaged 7.8 points.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Evan Bowen (forward), Christian Lautenschleger (guard) and Dawson Palmer (guard) and freshman guard Jordan Edwards, who missed the season with an ACL injury.
Grove City Christian went 3-9 in the MSL-Cardinal to tie Millersport for fifth behind champion Harvest Prep (12-0).