The Delaware Christian girls basketball team won 75 percent of its games and the MOCAL championship this season, but fell short of one of its preseason goals: to reach a Division IV district final.
The fifth-seeded Eagles lost to fourth-seeded Danville 50-45 in a district semifinal Feb. 26 to finish 15-5 overall.
Senior forward Lyssi Snouffer led the Eagles with 26 points, followed by senior point guard Abbi Maurer with 13.
"We were in the game until about three minutes to go, then we just fell apart," said coach Jackie Boggs, whose team also lost to Danville during the regular season, falling 56-41 on Jan. 6. "The physical nature of the game changed, and we just didn't change with it.
"It was a really good game. In my opinion, we outplayed them right until the last minute. We just didn't match how physical it got."
The Eagles, who had a first-round bye in the district tournament and defeated 10th-seeded Tree of Life 51-29 in the second round Feb. 21, went 10-0 in the MOCAL, finishing four games ahead of runner-up Tree of Life (6-4).
"It was a great season with the few girls that we have," Boggs said.
Delaware Christian had only nine players, including three seniors in Maurer, Snouffer and guard Rachel Fisher.
Snouffer was named first-team all-district and Maurer was honorable mention all-district.
Expected to return are junior guard Elizabeth Ringley, sophomore guards Abby McKee and Emma Rindfuss, sophomore forward Katie Neuhart and freshmen guards Rebecca Rajesh and Hannah Thilbrook.
Neuhart was third-team all-district.
Boys team ousted in tourney opener
The boys basketball team saw its season end in its Division IV district tournament opener, as the ninth-seeded Eagles fell to 10th-seeded Cardington 57-45 in a second-round game Feb. 25 to finish 14-9 overall.
Sophomore guard Dayne Johnson led the Eagles with 18 points, followed by junior forward James Vasek with 10.
The Eagles captured the MOCAL championship, going 9-1 in league play to edge runner-up Shekinah Christian (8-2).
Delaware Christian is losing four seniors in Jayden Crane (guard), Caleb Hrynkow (center), Pryce Johnson (forward) and Tim Snedden (guard). Pryce Johnson was named third-team all-district.
Expected to return are Dayne Johnson, Vasek, junior Nathan Stewart (guard) and sophomores Connor Bean (guard) and Jonah Short (forward).
Stewart was honorable mention all-district.