Junior guard Brendan Snyder is the leading scorer for the Canal Winchester High School boys basketball team and senior guard Daltyn Colley has chipped in consistently on the offensive end, but coach Kent Riggs is looking for additional scoring.
Through 10 games, Snyder was averaging 17.1 points and Colley was averaging 6.7.
"Brendan has consistently scored well and Daltyn's been coming on with his scoring, but we still need to find other options to score because two guys isn't going to be enough in most games," said Riggs, whose team was 4-6 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Westerville North on Jan. 7. "When one of our go-to guys has been guarded well, we've had bad stretches where we haven't scored well that have cost us. It doesn't even need to be the same guy every game as long as we have a third option that we can go to when we need to."
Through 10 games, the Indians were 2-2 when they had two or more players score in double figures and 2-4 when they didn't.
"It isn't a coincidence that we've won when we have more guys scoring in double figures," Riggs said. "When Daltyn has scored in double figures, we've done better because he's given us a good second option. Now we need to develop a good third option to become more consistent on the offensive end."
Riggs has been pleased with his team's play on the defensive end. Through 10 games, the Indians went 4-0 when holding opponents to 40 points or fewer and 0-6 when allowing 44 or more.
"Our defense has played well enough to keep us in most games," Riggs said. "All of our players are contributing on the defensive end and (6-foot-3 junior center) Kyle Anelick has been our leading rebounder off the bench. Kyle has rebounded the ball so well that he earned his first start (in a 51-47 league loss to Dublin Jerome on Jan. 3)."
The Indians played what Riggs said was their best defensive game of the season in a 37-35 win over host Bloom-Carroll on Dec. 27.
Canal Winchester trailed its former MSL-Buckeye rival 28-23 after the third quarter but rallied behind the play of Colley, Snyder and Anelick.
Colley finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Snyder also had 10 points and Anelick had eight rebounds.
"That was a real big win for us against a good team in front of a full house," Riggs said. "Our defense was really good and that's what made the difference."
The Indians close out the first round of league play Friday, Jan. 10, at Dublin Scioto.
"We're getting into the busy part of our schedule, so the most important thing is going to be being consistent," Riggs said. "We've had some bad quarters that have hurt us and we need to eliminate those nonproductive stretches."
Green, Shull leading girls swimming team
Led by Miaya Green and Devon Sholl, the girls swimming and diving team scored 51 points to finish 10th of 19 teams in Grandview's Yule at the Pool on Dec. 28 at Columbus Aquatics Center behind champion Springboro (247).
Green placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 5.2 seconds) and ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:30.58) and Shull finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.82) and 11th in the 200 freestyle (2:20.81).
Green and Shull also teamed with Maddie McCoy and Kasey Pastor to place sixth in the 200 free relay (1:54.83) and with Pastor and Kristin Riggs to finish ninth in the 200 medley relay (2:08.93).
Pastor finished ninth in the 100 fly (1:07.66).
The boys team failed to score in the Yule at the Pool, as Springboro (245) won.
Barnes, Hammond place in wrestling tourney
The wrestling team finished 11th (43.5) in the 14-team Kevin Cleveland Tournament on Jan. 4 at Dublin Scioto behind champion Lewistown Indian Lake (190).
Nick Hammond went 3-1 and placed second at 160 pounds and Emmanuel Barnes went 3-1 and finished fourth at 145.