by Jason Mehl
Director of TFC Sports Information
The TFC men’s basketball team (1-1) lost 102-74 to NCAA Div. II North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina on Nov. 12. The Eagles took an early 4-point lead against bigger and stronger NGU and managed to get their 6’ 8” center, Paul Harrison, in foul trouble. But TFC’s 6’ 5” center, Danny Snyder, also got in early foul trouble and had to come out of the game, which magnified NGU’s size advantage. NGU quickly evened the score and established a 59-40 lead at halftime. TFC’s freshman point guard, Josh Barrett, broke down NGU’s defense repeatedly and got to the rim and found open teammates for scores, but the Eagles were never able to get closer in the second half. Barrett finished with 33 points, including a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line. Snyder finished with 10 points in only 15 minutes of play. Head Coach Lance Martin hopes the effort bodes well for the season ahead. “If we can play with that kind of intensity and motivation against the teams in our region, we can be very successful,” he said. The Eagles play at Piedmont College in Demorest Nov. 22 at 7:00 pm.
The TFC women’s basketball team (1-3) lost 81-47 on Nov. 8 at Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College). Head Coach Paul Shiffer said the Lady Eagles played out of sync, primarily due to the absence of starters Quimby Handy (injury) and Rebecca Weatherbee (academic commitment). Point played full-court pressure most of the game and the Lady Eagles committed 32 turnovers. TFC also gave up 34 offensive rebounds. “Our defense was fair,” Shiffer said, “considering we were missing those two girls. But we gave them way too many chances.” Esther Shady led TFC in scoring with 14 points. Amanda Ferrell added 10 points. Handy is out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Lady Eagles travel to Southern Wesleyan University on Nov. 15 and are back at home against Philadelphia Biblical University at 5:00 on Nov. 18.