TFC’s Season Ends in Loss
The Lady Eagles basketball season came to an end on Friday in the semifinals of the South Region tournament hosted by Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. The four seeded Lady Eagles were paired with top seed Trinity Baptist College and were defeated 96 – 52.
Trinity Baptist established their dominance from the opening whistle and jumped to 19 – 8 lead less than 7 minutes into the game. A rash of turnovers by TFC would lead to transition lay ups for Trinity Baptist, and the Lady Eagles found themselves down 48 – 26 at the half. The second period was more of the same for TFC. Trinity opened the second period with a 12 – 0 run and built a lead TFC would be unable to overcome. In the end, TFC’s season ended with a 96 – 52 defeat.
TFC’s leading scorer was first team All – Region selection Cassidy Lang. Lang averaged 12 points a game throughout the season and scored 15 in the Trinity Baptist loss. Kim Crapse, who was given second team All – Region honors, added 9 points for the Lady Eagles. Maddy Moody was named honorable mention on the All – Region team. This was the final game for TFC seniors Kaitlyn Antonioli and Angela Little.
Lady Eagles Drop Regular Season Finale
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.
TFC Downed on Senior Night
TFC Lady Eagles hosted Johnson University on February 9. The Lady Eagles struggled from the field and lost 49 – 60.
The Lady Eagles fell behind early against Johnson as the visitors made 15 of 17 free throws in the first half while the Lady Eagles did not attempt a single free throw. That advantage from the line helped Johnson open a 37 – 23 lead at the half. Despite out playing Johnson for the majority of the second half, the Lady Eagles were unable to overcome the first half deficit. In the second half TFC outscored Johnson 32 – 30, but fell by 11. Johnson out shot the Lady Eagles from the free throw line on the game, converting 28 of 33 attempts compared to TFC’s 5 of 6 from the line.
The game against Johnson was Senior Night for two Lady Eagles. Kaitlyn Antonioli had a season high 9 points on Senior Night, and Angela Little started for the Lady Eagles but left the game with a leg injury. Cassidy Lang scored 22 points in the loss. Kim Crapse grabbed a game high 15 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles will travel to Warren Wilson College and Georgia Northwestern Tech on February 12 and 15, respectively. The final home game will be on Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 against Covenant College.
Lady Eagles Beaten by Clearwater Christian
The Lady Eagles hosted conference opponent Clearwater Christian College on Saturday. The Lady Eagles held a ten point lead throughout much of the first half, but were defeated 58 – 67.
TFC used accurate three point shooting to jump to ten point leads of 19 – 9 and 23 – 13. With a 10 point deficit and 10 minutes remaining in the half, the Lady Cougars of Clearwater fought back and would eventually take a 39 – 35 lead going into the half. In the opening period, the Lady Eagles shot 6 – 11 from three. After halftime, a lap up by TFC’s Kim Crapse tied the game at 43 – 43, but the Lady Eagles were unable to continue their hot shooting in the second half. After shooting 45% in the opening half, the Lady Eagles shot just 2 – 6 from three and just 33% from the field. Clearwater’s Tiffany Pack hit back to back three’s with 7 minutes left in the game to give the Lady Cougars all they needed to hang on to the 67 – 58 win.
TFC’s Kim Crapse led in scoring with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Clearwater’s Tiffany Pack and Rebecca Misiura also had 17 points a piece. TFC’s Cassidy Lang finished with 14 points on 4 – 9 three point shooting, and Maddy Moody added 12 points and 7 boards in the loss.
The Lady Eagles will host Johnson University on February 9 at 2:00.
TFC Falls on the Road
The TFC Lady Eagles traveled to NCAA Division III Covenant College on Thursday for an out of conference game. The Lady Scotts of Covenant jumped to an early lead, and were too much for the Lady Eagles, who fell 40 – 78.
After TFC’s Maddy Moody opening the game with a quick offensive rebound and put-back, Covenant College went on a 19 point scoring run that would span the opening 10 minutes of the game. TFC cut the deficit to 13 points with 8 minutes remaining in the half, but the Lady Scotts would respond to go up by as many as 23 points before halftime. Olivia Edmunson’s jumper with 11 seconds left in the half sent the Lady Eagles to the locker room down 16 -37. The second half was more of the same for the Lady Eagles. 23 turnovers and the allowance of 16 offensive rebounds doomed any comeback attempt TFC could muster. The Lady Eagles were out shot from the field 30% – 46% in the loss.
Individually, TFC was led by Edmunson’s 9 points on 4 – 5 shooting. Cassidy Lang and Maddy Moody added 8 and 6 points, respectively.
The Lady Eagles will host region opponent Clearwater Christian College Saturday at 1:00. Following the Lady Eagles game, TFC’s men’s team will also host Clearwater Christian College.
Lady Eagles Win Second in a Row
The Lady Eagles of Toccoa Falls College have now won back to back games as they defeated Wesleyan College at home 51 – 47 on January 24.
Eagles used their inside advantage to revenge a 25 point loss to Wesleyan in December. Using a 38 – 21 rebounding edge, TFC built an early lead and hung on for their second consecutive victory. TFC’s Kim Crapse led the Eagles with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Cassidy Lang contributed 13 points, Maddy Moody had 8 points and 10 rebounds, and Angela Little added 10 points in the win.
The Lady Eagles will travel to Agnes Scott and Covenant College before returning home to face conference rival Clearwater Christian College Saturday at 1:00.
TFC Earns First Victory of the Year
Despite beginning the season on a 12 game losing streak, the Lady Eagles have remained a cohesive unit, have continued to buy into the system, and have kept their faith in each other. The Lady Eagles perseverance paid off on Saturday in claiming their first win of the season against the Lady Bruins of Piedmont International University, 52 – 49.
The Lady Eagles jumped to an early first half lead that they would not relinquish for the half. Behind 42% shooting, the Lady Eagles built a 30 – 21 lead at the half. The Lady Bruins clawed back into the game, and took a 38 – 41 lead with less than ten minutes remaining in the game. Shortly after the Lady Bruins captured the lead, TFC’s Olivia Edmunson tied the game at 41 – 41 with a three point play. In the waning minutes, the Lady Eagles retook the lead, and sealed the win with clutch free throw shooting. In the second half, the Lady Eagles shot 11 – 15 from the line.
TFC’s Maddy Moody recorded her second straight double – double for the Lady Eagles. Moody scored 10 points and recorded a team high 10 rebounds. Kim Crapse led the Lady Eagles with 13 points, and Courtney Bechtold and Rachel Morris each added 8 points in the win.
The Lady Eagles will host Wesleyan College on Thursday in search for their second consecutive victory. Tip off will be at 6:00.
Lady Eagles Fall at Home
The Lady Eagles hosted Pensacola Christian College on Thursday night in their first home game of the new year. The TFC Lady Eagles succumbed to the full court pressure of the PCC Lady Eagles, and were defeated 44 – 77 .
TFC was unable to solve Pensacola’s full court pressure early in the game, and allowed the visitors too many transition lay ups. In the first half, TFC committed 19 turnovers, and fell behind 23 – 36 at the half. The second half was much of the same for TFC. 14 second half turnovers continued to force the Lady Eagles into empty offensive possessions. The deep bench of Pensacola allowed them to continue their high pressure, and enabled PCC to leave town with a 44 – 77 victory.
Toccoa Falls had two players record statistical double-doubles in the game. Cassidy Lang and Kim Crapse each contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds apiece. TFC’s Maddy Moody scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
The men’s and women’s teams are both in action at home against Piedmont International University this Saturday. The Lady Eagles tip off at 1:00, and the men’s team will follow at 3:00.
Turnovers Doom Lady Eagles
The Lady Eagles traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, on January 12 to face Bob Jones University in their first game after the semester break. A string of first half turnovers limited the Lady Eagles, and they were downed 68 – 41.
TFC’s Kim Crapse and Cassidy Lang each connected from three point range on the Eagles first two field goal attempts of the day, and a pair of free throws from Courtney Bechtold gave the Eagles an 8 – 7 lead with nearly five minutes played. Following Bechtold’s free throws, the Lady Eagles would go over 9 minutes of game time without adding points to the scoreboard. In that span the Lady Bruins forced TFC into fifteen turnovers, and used the defensive pressure to create fast break layups. Once TFC’s Rachel Morris hit from three with 4:25 left in the first half too much damage had been done, and the Lady Eagles trailed 28 – 11. The Lady Eagles shot 40 percent from behind the three point arc in the first half, but 22 turnovers lead to 26 points off turnovers for the Lady Bruins. The Lady Bruins used those points to extend their halftime lead to 32 – 14.
In the second half, the Lady Eagles focused on valuing possession of the ball, and being more patient in their shot selection. The Lady Eagles nearly doubled their field goal attempts in the second half, and limited themselves to an improved 16 turnovers. The Lady Eagles shot 42 percent from the floor in the second half, but were unable to overcome the first half deficit and fell 68 – 41.
Senior Angela Little led TFC in scoring with 10 points. Guards Rachel Morris and Cassidy Lang each added 8, and Kim Crapse had 7 points.
The Lady Eagles will host Pensacola Christian College on Thursday, January 17 and Piedmont International College on Saturday, January 19. The games will tip off at 5:00 and 1:00, respectively.
Lady Eagles Fall at Johnson University
TFC Lady Eagles traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 10 to face Johnson University. The Lady Eagles showed improvement from their previous games, but fell 75-62.
Early turnovers by the Lady Eagles gave Johnson an early lead that grew to as many as 19 points in the first half. The first half ended with the home side having a 18 point lead. Despite the deficit, the Lady Eagles regrouped, and cut the lead to single digits in the second half. TFC’s late run was withstood, and the Lady Eagles fell 75-62. “We improved in a lot of areas tonight,” said Coach Jason Swiney. “We actually won the second half by five points, and that was really encouraging.” Leading the Lady Eagles were Cassidy Lang’s 23 points. Kim Crapse added 18 points in the loss.
TFC’s first home games of the season will be played on November 13 against Bob Jones Bruins. The Lady Eagles will tip off at 5:00 and the men will follow at 7:00.