Having entered the week with four regular-season games left, the Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball team remains focused on putting itself in the best position to make a postseason run.
To do that, the Irish must put a 55-33 loss to Westerville North in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest Jan. 25 behind them. The loss ended their 10-game winning streak.
"The last time we played (North) we were in the middle of a three-game losing streak and then we rolled off 10 (wins) in a row," said coach Matt Fisher, whose team was 13-5 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville South on Jan. 29. "The rest of our schedule is going to be rough and we have no passes."
Scioto travels to Jerome on Friday, Feb. 1, and Hilliard Darby on Tuesday, Feb. 5, before closing out the regular season against Hilliard Bradley on Feb. 8 at home. All three are OCC-Cardinal games.
The Irish lost to Jerome 51-48 in overtime on Dec. 21, as Celtics post player Sarah Auker made a pair of free throws in the final seconds of overtime.
Post player Hannah Gibbs had 17 points to lead the Celtics and Auker scored 14. Point guard Anna Buhigas had 19 points to lead the Irish and was averaging a team-high 17.7 points through 16 games.
The loss likely has been the most-troubling for Scioto, which squandered a 32-19 halftime lead. But the Irish rebounded in their next contest, beating South 59-52 on Dec. 22, to start their winning streak.
"Losses only motivate you because that's all you can do with a loss," forward Katie Collins said.
"You can't dwell on it. We've got to see what happened and fix the mistakes. We've already proven that we can come back."
"These guys have learned from mistakes," Fisher said. "We watch film a little bit differently now. I used to just tell everybody what's going on. Now, we sit there and hash it out as a group and get them to pinpoint some things themselves."
Scioto defeated Darby 50-42 on Jan. 4 as Collins had 14 points and eight rebounds.
"(The loss to North) is really a mental check for us and we're going to have to get it together for the tournament," Kollins said.
The drawing for the Division I district tournament will be held Sunday, Feb. 3. The first-round games will be held Feb. 16.
Last season, Scioto lost to Darby 43-39 in the first round to finish at 13-8 overall.
Boys team also sees win streak snapped
The boys team also had a 10-game winning streak snapped by Westerville North.
Scioto lost to North 51-44 in an OCC-Cardinal contest Jan. 25 and were 13-2 overall and 7-2 in the league before playing Westerville South on Jan. 29.
North, which was ranked second in the Division I state poll last week, led 27-18 at halftime, but the Irish outscored the Warriors 17-8 in the third quarter to tie the game at 35. The Warriors took the lead for good by going on an 8-1 run to start the fourth quarter.
Guard Adrian Cook led North with 16 points. Guard Antonio Bisutti scored 11 of his game-high 22 points during the third quarter for the Irish, who lost to the Warriors 58-43 in the first round of league play Dec. 14.
Scioto was third in the Division I area coaches poll last week behind North and Northland.