Both TFC men’s and women’s basketball teams split non-conference games last week. The TFC men (3-5) lost to Warren Wilson College, 76-49, but beat Piedmont College, 73-70. The Lady Eagles (5-7) beat Warren Wilson, 58-42, but lost on the road at Judson College in overtime, 78-71.
At home against Warren Wilson on Jan. 10, the Eagles failed to establish offensive rhythm. Twice they went on four minute scoring droughts and committed 13 turnovers in the first half alone. TFC was down 38-21 at the half and never got any closer. The team shot 30 percent from the floor and Josh Barrett was the only player to reach double figures with his 20 points.
However, the team turned things around on Jan. 14 against Piedmont. Midway through the first half, TFC was down 28-11 and it looked like Piedmont might be on its way to another lopsided win (Piedmont beat TFC 107-59 back on Nov. 22). But the Eagles battled back and held Piedmont scoreless the last 2:30 of the first half and the score was 37-30 at halftime. TFC hit a three-pointer to start the second half and cut the lead to four and every possession was crucial for both teams the rest of the way.
With 9:00 left in the game, Barrett tied the game at 51-51 with a pair of free-throws. Piedmont came down and scored, but TFC came right back and tied it again when Barrett connected with Danny Snyder for an alley-oop dunk. TFC then made a defensive stand and Barrett came down and scored to put the Eagles up for good. Piedmont was forced to foul down the stretch and TFC hit enough free throws to stay on top and win. Barrett led all scorers with 36 points. He was 16-20 from the free throw line and also grabbed 10 rebounds and had 6 assists. Snyder had 12 points.
Lady Eagles Win
The Lady Eagles controlled the entire game against Warren Wilson at home on Jan 10. Their full-court pressure created several turnovers and easy baskets. TFC led 28-20 at halftime and built that lead to 37-20 in the first four minutes of the second half and went on to win by 16 points. Everyone played in the game and the team shot 44% from the floor, their most efficient offensive game this season. Freshman Katie Calloway, who had been injured since the start of the season, played in her first game and led the team in scoring with 14 points. Amanda Ferrell had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals.
On Jan. 14 the Lady Eagles lost a heart-breaker to Judson College in Alabama. Riding the hot shooting of Rebecca Weatherbee, TFC led 36-34 at halftime. They held the lead until the 9:00 mark in the second half and the lead changed hands several times thereafter. In the final 20 seconds TFC fouled Judson twice to stop the clock and Judson missed two of four free-throws. TFC was down 68-65 with 9 seconds remaining and Angela Little, who had been sitting most of the second half with an injury, came into the game and got the ball and hit the game-tying three pointer with 2 seconds left on the clock. However, the momentum stopped there. In the five minutes of overtime, TFC went 0-9 from the field and hit only three of 10 free-throws. Weatherbee led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Calloway and Ferrell scored 10 points each, and Ferrell grabbed 11 rebounds and had 9 steals.
Both teams travel to Florida this weekend for important conference games.