Basketball to open postseason on home court

By Brooks Hooley

Freshman Daniel Woll blocks a shot from Taylor's Jesse Coffey. (Photo by Eric Luce)

Freshman Daniel Woll blocks a shot from Taylor’s Jesse Coffey. (Photo by Eric Luce)

The Crossroads League regular season concluded Feb. 22 with both Forester teams notching wins against Taylor University. The women’s team finished second in the conference standings while the men finished third. Both teams will host their first round games of the Crossroads League Tournament.

The women wrapped up the regular season with a 59-50 road win over Taylor, improving their conference record to 14-4 and their overall record to 22-7. Sophomore forward Amelia Recker had a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds. Senior guard Pazia Speed contributed 12 points and freshman guard Miranda Palmer scored 14 points off the bench. The win earned the Foresters the second seed in the Crossroads League Tournament. They will face seventh-seeded Bethel College at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Platt Arena. The Foresters have won the previous two match-ups with the Pilots this season.

The men chalked up a 55-44 win against the Trojans on Senior Day in Platt Arena Saturday. Senior forwards Shane Merryman and TJ Short scored 19 and 11 points respectively, Merryman grabbing 14 board to complete his double-double. Freshman guard Derek Hinen added 11 points of his own while dishing out a team-high six assists.

The win moved the Foresters to 13-5 in the Crossroads League, earning them the third seed in the Crossroads League. Their overall record stands at 24-6.

“We have a lot of basketball in front of us,” coach Ty Platt said. “It was a huge win for us in terms of the national scene too.”

The Foresters will face sixth-seeded Grace College in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Platt Arena. The Lancers and Foresters split the season series, the Lancers winning in the Jan. 18 meeting.

“We’re glad we’re playing our first game at home,” Platt said. “Our approach will be game by game. Grace is going to come in here on Wednesday of next week, and they have a couple of seniors who don’t want it to be over yet, so we’re going to have to have everything we’ve got, and I fully expect our guys to do that.”

Both Forester teams concluded their seasons nationally ranked. The women’s team is currently ranked 20th while the men are ranked twelfth.

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