The Twin City Eagles placed second in the consolation bracket of the National Christian HomeSchool Basketball Championships. Team members are, from left, Emily Matthews, Savanah Betts, Megan Garcia, Katelyn Morrison, Sarah Pettit, coach Matt DeCleene, Erin Wallgren, Kaitlyn Fronek and Kristen Davis. Submitted by Debbie Fronek
The Twin City Eagles placed second in the consolation bracket of the National Christian HomeSchool Basketball Championships. Team members are, from left, Emily Matthews, Savanah Betts, Megan Garcia, Katelyn Morrison, Sarah Pettit, coach Matt DeCleene, Erin Wallgren, Kaitlyn Fronek and Kristen Davis. Submitted by Debbie Fronek
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Twin City Eagle varsity girls' basketball team won two of five games to place second in a consolation bracket at a national tourney.

The Eagles competed in the National Christian HomeSchool Basketball Championships, held March 10-15 in Springfield, Mo.

Twin City competed in the girls' 18-and-under division. The Eagles didn't bring their entire boys' team, but team members James Matthews and Brandon Fronek competed on Team USA Gold, which consisted of seven players from four different teams and four states.

The Twin City girls lost their first two games, which were bracket placement games. The Eagles lost their opener 33-28 to the Wichita Defenders. Sarah Pettit led the Eagles with 13 points, Megan Garcia added eight and Savanah Betts scored four.

In a 63-38 loss to the Cincinnati Trail Blazers, Pettit scored 25 points and Garcia added 10.

Seeded fifth in the 4B consolation bracket, the Eagles won their next two games. On March 12, they beat the JCSA Lions of Texas 62-11. Garcia led the way with 18 points and Pettit scored 11. Emily Matthews and Erin Wallgren scored eight apiece, Betts chipped in with six and Katelyn Morrison added five. Kristen Davis scored four and Kaitlyn Fronek had two.

Twin City then knocked off second-seeded Team USA 41-33. Pettit led the way with 17 points, Davis scored 13 and Garcua added eight. Betts contributed three points.

Twin City lost the consolation championship game 46-29 to the Missouri Rush. Garcia led the Eagles with 14 points and Davis scored 10.

Betts, Garcia and Pettit - all juniors - were named to the all-tournament team. Wallgren, a senior, received the Christian Character Award. Pettit was named to the all-region team and Garcia also earned all-region honorable mention.

Team USA Gold - which was randomly assembled and had no practice together - placed seventh out of 32 teams, with two close losses - one in overtime. James Matthews led the team in scoring with 85 points to earn the All-Tourney Award. USA team awards were separate from regular national team awards, and just one tourney award was given.

Brandon Fronek contributed eight points, rebounding and solid defense to Team USA Gold.

The 24th annual championship event was held at Missouri State University's Hammons Student Center.