By David Green
After falling short in their first nine games of the season, Christian Fellowship’s basketball Eagles are enjoying a winning streak.
They stretched the streak to three games – and four of their last five – with wins last week over Community Christian Academy of Paducah and Egyptian of Tamms, Illinois.
The Eagles are 4-10 after the first two weeks of the new year.
The victory on Monday, Jan. 9, was the second over Community Christian Academy. The Eagles topped CCA 66-48 on Dec. 17 in the Itty Bitty Christmas Tournament on the CFS court.
The next night, CFS avenged another loss in the Itty Bitty tournament with the win over Egyptian. The Pharaohs won 65-55 on Dec. 15 in a first-round matchup.
The Eagles will travel to Tamms for a third game on the Pharaoh’s home court on Jan. 31.
Leading scorers Brice Etheridge (13.3 points per game) and Jordan Choate (13.1) powered last week’s two wins, Etheridge scoring 26 and seven points while Choate had 17 and 13.
A game scheduled for Saturday in the First Region All “A” Classic tournament at Mayfield was canceled. CFS, which was to have played Fulton City, withdrew because the Eagles middle school team was competing in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Conference state tournament.
Coach Tyler Ryan, who was elevated from assistant coach after the resignation of Billy Hodge on Dec. 15, is also the middle school team’s coach.
THIS WEEK: Road games are scheduled on Friday and Saturday for the Eagles. The team will play at Calvary Christian in Covington Friday at 7:30, and will meet Heritage Academy in Florence at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Last year, CFS lost 54-24 to Calvary Christian at home and took a 54-47 win over Heritage Academy.
Calvary, of Covington in the Tenth Region, had a 6-8 record going into Saturday’s game at Covington Latin. No score had been reported on that game at press time.
Heritage, of Florence in the Ninth Region, had lost all 12 game it had played going into a Saturday matchup at Louisville Brown.
NEXT WEEK: Carroll Academy of Huntingdon, Tennessee, visits on Thursday, Jan. 26. The Jaguars won a 47-40 decision Dec. 1 in Huntingdon.
Only six games remain before the KCAC state tournament at CFS Feb. 16-18, which will conclude the season for the Eagles.
CFS 55, CCA 43
BRIENSBURG – The Eagles rallied from a seven-point deficit to win their second straight game, and third in the last four, Monday, Jan. 9, at the Eagles’ gym.
Brice Etheridge poured in 24 points to lead the victory, and Jordan Choate added 17.
CFS took a 6-0 lead, only to fall behind as CCA mounted a 13-0 run. Etheridge ended the drought with a basket and free throw just under three minutes into the second quarter.
Elijah Toth hit the first of two free throws and then Etheridge nailed a 3-pointer that tied it at 13-all at the midway point of the period.
The teams swapped the lead three times before the Eagles took command in the second period.
They outscored the Warriors 20-12 and led 26-22 at intermission, then mounted a 13-6 advantage in the third period to build a 39-28 edge. CCA never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Logan Browning led the Warriors with 11 points and eight rebounds.
CCA won the rebounding battle 42-36. Toth had nine rebounds from his point guard position and also handed out eight assists.
CCA 10 22 28 43
CFS 6 26 39 55
CCA: Ben Carter 2, Jonah Woodruff 4, Logan Browning 11, Jonathan Rogers 9, Ethan Miller 9, Patrick Bell 3, John Copeland, Tim Adrian
CFS: Brice Etheridge 26, Blayne Starkey 3, Logan Draffen 2, Elijah Toth 4, Jordan Choate 17, Jordan Vaughn 2, Nathaniel Hummel, Ari Phillips, Ethan Binkley, Drew Cary 1
CFS 54, Egyptian 49
BRIENSBURG – The Eagles erased a seven-point halftime deficit and went on to win their fourth straight game Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Eagles’ gym.
The visiting Pharaohs led 7-4 after one quarter and extended the lead to 23-16 at intermission.
But a 22-9 advantage by CFS turned the tide, and the Eagles maintained all but one point of the lead to the finish.
Jordan Choate led the Eagles with 13 points and Jordan Vaughn added 10.
Christian Trexler led all scorers with 21 for Egyptian. Orlando Matthews added 13 for the Pharaohs.
Egyptian 7 23 32 49
CFS 4 16 38 54
EGYPTIAN: Koby White, Christian Trexler 21, Brandon Beasley 3, Orlando Matthews 13, Camryn Curtis 6, Kolton Pitts 2, Jordan Reeves 4
CFS: Brice Etheridge 7, Blayne Starkey 8, Logan Draffen, Elijah Toth 8, Jordan Choate 13, Jordan Vaughn 10, Nathaniel Hummel 6, Ari Phillips 2