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Lady Eagles Win Second Straight Game
The TFC Lady Eagles hosted region opponent Piedmont International University on Friday night. The Lady Eagles had most recently defeated Georgia Northwestern last weekend, 78 – 63 for their first victory of the young season. PIU came to Toccoa with a 1-0 record, a 59-49 victory over Mid-Atlantic Christian University. In the south region match up on Friday, the Lady Eagles had their best shooting night of the season en route to a 58-26 victory over Piedmont International.
TFC jumped to a 36-10 first half lead that was powered by 46% shooting from the floor, including 3-7 from three point range. The Lady Eagles ran away with the game in the second half for a 58-26 victory.
Cassidy Lang led the Lady Eagles with 17 points. Jeanelle Arnold added 13 points to go with her team-high four assists. Katie Calloway led TFC with 11 rebounds and contributed 9 points in the win.
TFC has now won back to back games and improved its record to 2-2 on the year. The Lady Eagles will travel to nearby Piedmont College (NCAA DIII) on Tuesday for a 6:00 game. The next home game will be on 11/22 at 8:00 PM as TFC welcomes Pensacola Christian College to campus.
TFC Earns First Win of 2013
The TFC Lady Eagles hit the road on November 8-9 for games against Welch College and Georgia Northwestern Tech. Both games were played at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee. TFC entered the weekend with a loss in the first game of the season; a 76-47 defeat at Bob Jones University in which TFC was within 8 points with 8:38 remaining before BJU blew the game open. In Nashville, the Lady Eagles fell 53-47 to Welch College on Friday but rebounded on Saturday to top Georgia Northwestern 78-63 for its first victory of the season.
Despite poor shooting in the game with Welch, the Lady Eagles held a three point lead with three minutes remaining in the second half. TFC was unable to seal the victory as Welch nailed a three pointer and converted a three point play on its way to the 6 point win. Kim Crapse led the Lady Eagles with 12 and Beth Brown contributed 9 in the loss.
After a disappointing loss the night before, the Lady Eagles were asked to rebound on Saturday against Georgia Northwestern in front of a dull atmosphere at the neutral gym. TFC answered the challenges by outscoring Georgia Northwestern 37-26 in the second half to earn its first win of the season, 78-63. Katie Calloway scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Kim Crapse added 16 points, and Jeanelle Arnold contributed 13 points and 5 assists.
The Lady Eagles’ home opener will be played on November 15 at 5:00 PM against region opponents Piedmont International University.
Lady Eagles Clipped at Bob Jones
The TFC Lady Eagles opened the 2013-2014 season at Bob Jones University on Tuesday. This was the third game of the young season for the Lady Bruins of BJU. Over the weekend, BJU topped Johnson University (TN) 64-52 but was defeated by Columbia College, 75-62. On Tuesday night, TFC could not overcome early season rust and fell 76-47 to open the season.
TFC’s aggressive defense put the Lady Eagles in foul trouble early in the game. The Lady Eagles were called for 17 first half fouls, compared to 7 for the Lady Bruins. Bob Jones would go on to shoot 24-46 from the charity stripe for the game, whereas TFC was just 5-11 from the line. Despite the Bob Jones shooting in the double bonus midway through the half, TFC kept the deficit to single digits for most of the opening period. With 4:43 remaining the half, TFC trailed BJU 21-17. However, BJU would end the half on a 10-3 run to extend its lead to 31-20. TFC’s lone field goal in the final 5 minutes of play came from a deep three point basket from Stephanie Clements with three seconds remaining.
Both sides improved their shooting percentages in the opening minutes of the second half, but TFC was unable to close the gap completely. TFC trimmed the deficit to 46-37 with 8:38 remaining in the game, but BJU ended the game by outscoring TFC 30-10 for a final score of 76-47.
Head Coach Jason Swiney said of the effort, “I was proud of our intensity, but unfortunately we let the game get away from us late in the second half. I saw some good things for it being the first game, and we are all looking forward to game two in Nashville.”
Forward Kim Crapse led the Lady Eagles with 11 points, and Katie Calloway grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss. The Lady Eagles will travel to Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday for a 6:00 game. The following day, TFC will face Georgia Northwestern Tech at noon at Welch College. TFC’s first home game of the season will be on November 15 as they host Piedmont International University at 5:00.