The season started well for the Canal Winchester High School girls basketball team, as it won nine of its first 11 games.

The season started well for the Canal Winchester High School girls basketball team, as it won nine of its first 11 games.

Then the Indians lost to Teays Valley 39-31 on Jan. 12.

But Canal Winchester lost more than just the game that night. Guard Tay Stokes went down just minutes into the game with a knee injury. Attempting to make a cut, she injured her knee and later was diagnosed with a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in her right knee.

Canal Winchester lost its next three games, falling 41-35 to Hamilton Township on Jan. 15 in a MSL-Buckeye Division game, 44-42 to Centerburg on Jan. 19 and 65-40 to Amanda-Clearcreek on Jan. 21 in a league game.

The loss of Stokes has proven difficult to overcome. As the starting shooting guard, she averaged 8.0 points per game, six rebounds and five steals, in addition to serving as one of Canal Winchester's top defenders.

"It kind of feels like the beginning of the season, Tay was that important to us," coach Adam Twiss said. "She did a lot for us; the kind of stuff that doesn't show up on the stat sheet. You have to approach things differently now."

In Stokes' absence, Twiss has used a number of different players to try to figure out the best rotation. Players filling that role are Katie Hahn, Cadyn Krauss, Jaz'Lynn McClellan, Kayla Scott and Kaleigh Whitlatch.

"You don't replace somebody like that with just one person, so we're kind of rediscovering who we are," Twiss said. "It's going to be a game-to-game thing and we're feeling our way through it right now."

Though Canal Winchester does have the depth to deal with an injury like this one, a luxury the Indians don't have is time. There are four games left on the schedule before the Division II district tournament begins, starting with a MSL-Buckeye contest against Circleville on Friday at home. The remaining three games after that also are league games.

"We've started to put some things together and the girls are stepping up," Twiss said. "I think we're close to getting reorganized, and hopefully it can happen soon."

•The boys and girls swimming and diving teams compete in the MSL-Buckeye meet Saturday at Columbus Academy, and coach Rush Rogers hopes some good performances there propel the Indians into the postseason.

The girls team is in Division I and the boys team is in Division II.

Rogers expects Tyler Simonton to be a MSL-Buckeye champion in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke and Sam Decker to win titles in the 100 freestyle and 50 free for the boys team.

The girls side is a little more uncertain. Kori Pastor, a former state qualifier, has been dealing with some nagging injuries to her right knee and has missed some meets this season. Normally, Pastor would contend for titles in the 200 free and 500 free, but if she is unable to swim, Rogers expects Paige Klatt to have success in those events.

As a first-year coach for the Indians, Rogers knew she had good swimmers in Pastor and Simonton, but has been pleasantly surprised by the success of Decker, Klatt and Sydney Boyer.

"Sam's been incredibly competitive for us," Rogers said. "It's my expectation that he'll make a solid run at a state berth. Sydney's been coming along nicely and we're still trying to find her event."

A lot of swimming and diving teams will take a week off before the sectional meet Feb. 12-13 at Upper Arlington, but the Indians will compete in a dual meet with Chillicothe on Feb. 6.

"I think you're tapering a bit and we want to do well there and at the league so we can have some good momentum going forward," Rogers said.

•The boys basketball team rode a two-game losing streak into its MSL-Buckeye game against Hamilton Township last Tuesday.

The Indians, who play host to Amanda-Clearcreek on Saturday in a league contest, lost 49-48 to Zanesville on Jan. 19 and lost 66-54 to Logan Elm last Friday.

The loss to Logan Elm dropped Canal Winchester into a two-way tie for first in the MSL-Buckeye with the Braves at 6-1. Trace Helton led the Indians with 24 points, with Kenny Moore and Michael Walker scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Amanda-Clearcreek was 3-10 overall and 1-6 in the league before playing Logan Elm last Tuesday.

•The wrestling team will compete in a MSL-Buckeye tri-meet with Hamilton Township and Logan Elm today at Hamilton Township. It will be the only competition for the Indians this week.

Last Saturday, Canal Winchester competed at Gahanna's Lion Duals, where it defeated Mogadore 51-21, St. Charles 41-32 and Teays Valley 34-32 before losing 39-38 to Hilliard Davidson. Nick Brady (112 pounds), Brady Hutchins (125), Conrad Rosch (152) and Nathan Pressley (heavyweight) all were 4-0 on the day.

Prior to the Lion Duals, Canal Winchester picked up its first league win by defeating Fairfield Union 71-9 on Jan. 21. Jacob Sharp (103), Brady (112), Justin Emmons (119), Dalton Tullius (125), Hutchins (130), Zach Snyder (140), Kyle Rohrig (145), Rosch (152), Jordan Bellomy (160), Royce Calloway (171), Carlton Seward (215) and Pressley (heavyweight) were all winners for the Indians.


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls swimming and diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 19 -- Lost to Zanesville 49-48 *Last Friday -- Lost to Logan Elm 66-54 *Last Tuesday -- Played Hamilton Township *Saturday -- Home vs. Amanda-Clearcreek

Of note: The Indians were 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Jan. 18 -- Lost to Centerburg 44-42 *Jan. 21 -- Lost to Amanda-Clearcreek 65-40 *Last Saturday -- Lost to Bloom-Carroll 40-39 *Friday -- Home vs. Circleville *Tuesday -- At Fairfield Union

Of note: The Indians are 9-7 overall and 4-6 in the MSL-Buckeye.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Tuesday -- Competed against Columbus Academy *Saturday -- At MSL-Buckeye Championships at Columbus Academy

WRESTLING

*Jan. 21 -- Def. Fairfield Union 71-9 Last Saturday -- Went 3-1 at Gahanna Lion Duals *Today (Thursday) -- At Logan Elm vs. Hamilton Township and Logan Elm

*MSL-Buckeye contest