The TFC Lady Eagles basketball team traveled to Warren Wilson College on February 12 and to Georgia Northwestern Tech on February 15 for road, non-conference games. The Lady Eagles finished the week and the regular season by hosting Covenant College on February 16. Despite playing an improved style of basketball, the Lady Eagles fell 69 – 49 at Warren Wilson, 86 – 71 at Georgia Northwestern Tech, and 79 – 65 to Covenant College.
Leading the Lady Eagles in the loss at Warren Wilson were Kim Crapse and Cassidy Lang. Crapse recorded 15 points and Lang added 12. TFC was outshot 47% – 34% at Warren Wilson.
In the final regular season game against Covenant College, Crapse again lead TFC in scoring with 14 points and Maddy Moody contributed 12. Senior Angela Little had 11 points on 3 – 4 three point shooting, and fellow senior Kaitlyn Antonioli added 7 in her final home game as a Lady Eagle.
The Lady Eagles finish the regular season at 2 – 19, and the fourth place seed at the regional tournament. The tournament, hosted by Clearwater Christian College in Florida, will be played on February 22 – 23. As the four seed, the Lady Eagles will face top seeded Trinity Baptist College in the opening round.
The men’s basketball team at Toccoa Falls College finished their regular season schedule by going 1 – 3 in a busy week. On February 11, the Eagles traveled to Piedmont International University and were victorious 77 – 74. The following day, February 12, TFC traveled to Warren Wilson College and were defeated 60 -47. NCAA Division II North Greenville University defeated TFC 106 – 65 on February 14. In the final regular season game, the Eagles hosted Johnson and Wales University on February 16 and fell to the visitors 61- 58.
In the victory over Piedmont International, the Eagles built a 13 point lead in the first half, only to see that lead diminished to 42 – 35 at the half. TFC once again held a 13 point lead over PIU, but the home Bruins capitalized on a string of turnovers and missed shots to take the lead with less than a minute remaining. With possession of the ball but trailing 74 – 72, the Eagles called a play for sharpshooter Jon Sauls. Carlos Hamlett fed the ball to Sauls on the wing for an open three pointer. Sauls’ fifth made three of the game gave TFC a 75 – 74 lead with 12 seconds remaining. TFC’s Derek Westfall, playing with four fouls, stole the ball on PIU’s ensuing offensive possession, and quickly passed to Josh Barrett. Barrett was fouled and converted both free throws for a three point lead with 2.9 seconds left. The Bruins missed a half court heave to secure a 77 – 74 win for TFC.
Coach Mehl said of the win, “It was a huge win for us. We’ve been in so many close games this year, but we haven’t been able to put ourselves in the position to hit the big shots and close out the game.”
Josh Barrett lead the Eagles in scoring with 21 points on 11 – 12 shooting from the line. Westfall and Sauls each finished with 17 points, and Carlos Hamlett added 12.
In the loss at Warren Wilson, TFC had built a 29 – 15 halftime advantage. However, tired legs from four games in five days would cause the Eagles to lose their lead in the second half, and they were beaten 60 – 47. TFC’s Josh Barrett again led the Eagles with 11 points and 5 assists. Jon Sauls added 10 points in the effort.
From the opening tip at home against North Greenville, North Greenville looked to push the tempo offensively, and were successful in getting good shots in transition. The Crusaders used their tempo to jump to an early double digit within 8 minutes of the tip off. The Eagles closed the gap to 20 – 29 with ten minutes remaining, but that is as close as the Eagles would get. Despite shooting a respectable 40% from the field in the opening period, the Eagles were topped by the Crusaders’ 60% shooting. In the second half, TFC began to press offensively and saw their field goal percentage drop to 28% in the half, including 0 – 13 from behind the three point line. Unable to close the gap, the Eagles would fall 65 – 106.
TFC’s Josh Barrett led the Eagles with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Derek Westfall added 14 points and 7 boards in the loss.
In the final regular season game of the season, the Eagles hosted Johnson and Wales University. The Eagles built a 16 – 8 lead early in the first half, but would trail 28 – 30 at halftime. The second half was just as close, as the visitors from Johnson and Wales would squeak out a 61 – 58 win. TFC struggled from behind the three point line in the game, shooting just 4 – 22. Westfall and Barrett each had 19 points for the Eagles.
TFC finishes the regular season at 8 – 22, and will be the four seed in next week’s region tournament. The tournament will be hosted by Clearwater Christian College in Florida, and will be played on February 21 – 23. As the four seed, the Eagles will play hosts Clearwater Christian College in the 4/5 matchup. TFC recently beat Clearwater 94 – 79, but lost 90 – 111 earlier in the season at Clearwater.
The TFC baseball team (3 -5) traveled to Reinhardt University (3- 4) for a three game series on February 15 – 16. The Eagles dropped the first two games 12- 0 and 9 – 0, but rebounded to take the final game of the series, 3 – 0.
In the losses TFC head coach Justin Pollock blamed a lack of fundamentals. “To beat good teams like Reinhardt, you have to play good defensive and not make base running mistakes. We couldn’t avoid those mistakes, so we were outplayed by a good team.”
In the third and final game of the series, Coach Pollock gave the starting nod to pitcher Justin Key. Key (2 – 0, 0.83 ERA) answered the call and threw four shutout innings for the Eagles. Freshman AJ Mussler earned his first career save and added three shutout innings. Key and Mussler combined for 5 strikeouts and allowed 6 hits. Offensively for the Eagles, Jordan Couillard went 3 – 4 and scored two runs. Zack Warner also went 3 – 4 with a double and a run. Corey Warner added two RBI’s on 2 – 4 hitting. “It was nice to bounce back in game three after being outscored 21 – 0 in the first two games,” said Coach Pollock. “It just goes to show that we could be a good team if we do the little things properly.”
TFC will travel to nearby Emmanuel College on February 19 and to Point University for a three game set on February 22 – 23. The first baseball home games of the year will be on March 1 as the Eagles host Bethel College for a double header beginning at 1:00 pm.