The Columbus School for Girls basketball team has found itself in some unfamiliar territory for the second time this season.

The Columbus School for Girls basketball team has found itself in some unfamiliar territory for the second time this season.

By defeating Grove City Christian 52-13 last Friday and Wellington 48-37 last Saturday in the Jaguar Invitational, the Unicorns moved their record to 8-6 overall before playing Watterson last Wednesday. It is the second time this season CSG has been two games above the .500 mark.

"We're now 8-6 and that might be the best in the history of CSG basketball, though I'm not certain, but the girls are really pleased with that," coach Shannon Wallace said last Sunday. "It's a big confidence-booster for the girls. I'm very proud and pleased with the girls' effort. They continue to work hard."

Since losing to Hartley 43-32 on Jan. 17 when Wallace said the team wasn't ready to play, CSG has won three in a row, including 56-53 over Ready on Jan. 21 and games in the Jaguar Invitational.

The Unicorns will need all that confidence. They will play host Saturday to league-leading DeSales. CSG has played the Stallions close in the last two meetings. DeSales won 49-43 on Jan. 7.

"We should've won last year and this year we had a couple of girls make crucial mistakes at crucial times and that enabled DeSales to pull it out," Wallace said. "The girls know they can beat DeSales and they're looking forward to playing the game at home."

The biggest problem the Unicorns have been faced with in recent games against DeSales has been turnovers. Wallace said if CSG can keep its turnover total low and push the ball in transition, the Unicorns could win the game.

"It would be a big boost for us going in the tournament draw," Wallace said. "The biggest thing is it would help our program. Before I started coaching here I remember teams like DeSales, Watterson and Ready would just beat the living daylights out of CSG. Our program would look real good with a victory over one of those teams."

The Unicorns will play a non-league contest Wednesday against Northridge. The Vikings are 0-14 overall and 0-12 in the MBC entering today's game against East Knox.

•The swimming and diving team will participate in the CCL Championships, beginning today with the diving portion at home. Swimming events will be Saturday at St. Charles.

The meet will provide a chance for the Unicorns to prepare for the Division II sectional meet on Feb. 14.

"With the CCL Championships, I'm hoping that we're tapering for sectional and district," coach Meghan Kroll said. "I hope the girls are swimming personal bests, or close to it."

The past three weeks Kroll has had most of the swimmers compete in a variety of events. But the girls will focus on their individual strengths in the league meet in preparation for the postseason and to see how they measure up against some of the top competition.

"I would say Sara Leighty is a wonderful distance swimmer but needs to do the 500-yard freestyle a few more times," Kroll said. "Taylor Lint and Annie Skoulis are wonderful mid-distance swimmers and (the CCL Championships) will help them in the long run. Kelsey Klopfer will continue working on her turns as will Taylor.

"I think (the league meet) helps us tremendously. We're going in with some nerves, but they won't affect us. We'll put up the best race we can. And with the competition that will be there, that will only help us become better."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the CSG basketball and swimming and diving teams:

BASKETBALL

*Jan. 21 -- Defeated Ready 56-53

Last Friday --Def. Grove City Christian 52-13 in first round of Jaguar Invitational

Last Saturday --Def. Wellington 48-37 in championship of Jaguar Invitational

*Last Wednesday -- Played Watterson

Saturday -- Home vs. DeSales

Wednesday --At Northridge

Of note: The Unicorns were 8-6 overall and 2-4 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jan. 20 --Def. Teays Valley 88-12

Last Saturday --Def. Shaker Heights Laurel 68-34

Friday -- Home vs. Watterson

Saturday -- At CCL meet

*CCL game