Steve Hall likes the way his Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team is playing down the stretch of close games.

Steve Hall likes the way his Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team is playing down the stretch of close games.

The 12th-year coach has watched his team go 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the MSL-Cardinal Division. That includes a 3-1 record in games being decided by six points or fewer.

"We have had four games that have really come down to the wire and we have lost only one of them," said Hall, whose team plays non-league games today at Johnstown and Wednesday at Fairbanks.

Grandview defeated Licking Heights 54-49 on Dec. 2, held off Columbus School for Girls 42-40 on Dec. 7 and beat Berne Union 33-30 last Saturday.

"The only loss came in overtime against Liberty Union (45-39 on Dec. 10) when we were down (23-14 at halftime) and fought our way back only to lose in overtime," Hall said.

The Bobcats have battled inconsistency.

"The biggest thing we have needed all season has been consistency. We go in spurts," Hall said. "We were down seven with 3:30 to go against Liberty Union and in the next 1:10 we go on a 9-0 run to take a two-point lead. We can be phenomenal when we want to be, so we need to keep that passion going for 32 minutes."

The Bobcats rolled over Millersport 68-17 on Dec. 14 as Danielle Clark scored 25 points with five 3-pointers and Karen Daniel-Hamberg added 23 points. Abby Cameron had six points.

"Danielle and Karen are two kids who put the time in with the program and it's good to see them have a big game like this," said Hall, whose team plays Jan. 5 at Fisher Catholic in a game postponed from a day earlier because of Ohio State's appearance in the Sugar Bowl. "Danielle put up 29 against Licking Heights, so we know she is capable of big numbers. Against some of the better teams, we have struggled to get her into our offense, but then again she's their defensive focal point when they play us."

Last Saturday, the Bobcats led 23-15 after three quarters and held off Berne Union's rally. Jordan Fitzgerald scored 11 points and Caitlyn Sarich had 10 points with two 3-pointers.

"We have so much experience, but we are still trying to find our identity. It's a different team than we were last year and we're putting different people in different situations," said Hall, whose team plays league games at home Jan. 8 against West Jefferson and Jan. 14 against Licking Heights. "To be successful, the kids have to figure things out along with us as a coaching staff.

"The good thing that I keep telling the kids is to believe every time when you walk on the floor that you are going to be successful. There are a lot of teams that believe that and they look better than they actually are."

•The boys basketball team was 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing last Tuesday against Liberty Union. Three weeks into the season and the Bobcats had played only three games.

"We have been talking about (playing only three games). These guys are probably so tired of practice," said coach Ray Corbett, whose team plays today at home in a non-league game against Madison Christian. "The kids enjoy the games much more than practice and they will get their chance to play. We're going to be playing at least two games a week for quite a while."

The Bobcats will play on back-to-back days next week in the home Bobcat Holiday Classic. Northridge will play Hartley in the opener at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Grandview against Wellington. The losing teams will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 30, followed by the winning teams in the championship.

"We always try to bring in quality teams for this," said Corbett, whose team lost an MSL-Cardinal game to Harvest Prep 58-44 last Friday. "We had Ready at one time and now we have with a very good Hartley program. Wellington always has a quality team and Northridge is much-improved this season."

Northridge was 1-2 before playing Johnstown last Tuesday and Hartley opened the season last Wednesday against Whitehall. The Hawks got a late start because of the football team's run to a Division IV state championship.

Wellington is 2-4 after defeating Mansfield St. Peter's 63-42 last Saturday. The Jaguars started 0-3 and will not play another game until the opening round of the Bobcat Holiday Classic.

"What I like about the (Bobcat Holiday Classic) is that it gets us into a tournament situation, which is a different type of pressure," Corbett said. "We don't play back-to-back nights much anymore and that's something we might have to do later on in a tournament. I think it really adds to our season."

The Bobcats open the new year on Jan. 5 with a non-league game at home against Horizon Science before playing Jan. 7 in an MSL-Cardinal game at Millersport. They continue league play Jan. 10 at home against Berne Union and Jan. 15 at home against Fisher Catholic.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights bowling, swimming and diving and wrestling teams:

BOWLING

*Dec 13 - Match with DeSales canceled because the Stallions do not have a team

*Jan. 3 - Brookhaven at HP Lanes

Of note: The Bobcats boys team is 0-5 overall and the girls team is 0-4 overall.

*COHSBC-Central match

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Friday-last Saturday - Boys: Finished third (147) in 25-team home Yule at the Pool behind champion St. Charles (312). The 200-yard freestyle of Alex Jones, Jacob Smith, Josh Smith and Tucker Rinehart was second (1:38.9) and 400 free relay of Sean Oberschlake Jacob Smith, Josh Smith and Evan Tillett was third (3:40.7). Oberschlake was third (personal-best 5:30.9) in 500 free; Girls: Finished ninth (64) in 21-team Yule at the Pool behind champion Pickerington Central (165). The 400 free relay of Hallie Kerr, Ellie MacLeod, Lindsay Swihart and Anneliese Bonn was fourth (4:19.73) and 300 free relay of Kerr, Halli Bair, MacLeod and Bonn was sixth (1:54.44).

Jan. 7 - Bexley

Jan. 15 - Circleville Invitational

WRESTLING

Wednesday-Dec. 30 - Ready Winter Classic

Jan. 14-15 - Licking Heights Invitational