Danielle Clark is one of the top free-throw shooters in the area, if not the state. But that wasn't always the case.

Danielle Clark is one of the top free-throw shooters in the area, if not the state. But that wasn't always the case.

Clark never really enjoyed going to the foul line for the Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team until this season. The Bobcats senior made 31 of 35 free throws (88.6 percent) through 14 games.

"I didn't used to have the confidence and I never really liked going to the foul line," Clark said. "I think the biggest change is that I'm focused now. I'm a lot more focused and everything seems in slow motion when I'm at the line."

As is the case with most good free-throw shooters, Clark follows a ritual before releasing the ball.

"I catch the ball, roll it in my fingers and then I dribble twice," she said. "I make sure my feet are set with my right foot in the center of the basket. Then I try to focus on getting (the ball) over the front of the rim and take a couple of seconds to focus on the basket and imagine (the ball) going in and believe that it is going in before I shoot it."

Coach Steve Hall said Clark's stance at the line is key.

"Everything is in line. That's the way she gets the ball where it needs to be in the shooting pocket," Hall said. "She has always been a pretty good shooter. She put in her reps in the offseason to perfect her form."

Now, Hall would like to see Clark get to the foul line more often.

"We have lost a lot of close games when we haven't been able to get the ball into her hands," Hall said. "We're trying to get her to drive the lane more to get to the line that way."

In an MSL-Cardinal Division game on Jan. 22, Clark scored 11 points, going 6-for-8 on free throws in a 50-42 win over Liberty Union.

"I need to drive to the basket to draw more fouls," Clark said.

Hall said Clark has made the sacrifices needed to become a better shooter at the foul line and to help improve the program.

"The thing about Danielle, in her three years at the varsity level, both she and Karen (Daniel-Hamberg) have been invested in the program," he said. "I hope all of the kids have noticed their hard work and how it has paid off for them."

Clark said she will continue to stay focused at the free-throw line.

"Every time I go to the line, I'm confident I will make it," she said. "They are easy points and I want to make the other team pay for fouling me."

•Senior 145-pounder Alex Minnillo won his second consecutive wrestling tournament title and was named the Most Valuable Wrestler as the Bobcats finished eighth of 15 teams in the home Grandview Invitational on Jan. 22.

Minnillo also won at Licking Heights on Jan. 15. He had won nine consecutive matches entering a four-team meet on Jan. 26 at Caledonia River Valley.

"Alex wrestled really well and with a lot of confidence," coach Andy DiSabato said. "Hopefully he can keep getting better as the league and sectional meets draw near."

Whitehall won the Grandview Invitational with 319 points, followed by Hamilton Township (255), Marion-Franklin (174), Logan Elm (156.5), Bexley (112), Franklin Heights (97), Fairfield Union (96), Grandview (90.5), Buckeye Valley (76), Northland (59), Zanesville West Muskingum (51), Columbus Academy (42.5), Africentric (30), Columbus East (26) and Eastmoor Academy (4).

The meet was supposed to be a two-day event, but matches were canceled Jan. 21 because of bad weather.

Senior Dan Satterthwaite was second at 215 and freshman Anthony Sagstetter was fourth at 152. Junior David Kuruvilla was fifth at 112 and freshman Owen Hopper was fifth at 130.

"It was good to see some of the younger kids place," said DiSabato, whose team competes Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29, in the Sally George Invitational at Marion Pleasant. "It will help give them confidence as we move closer to the tough meets we have ahead."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and swimming & diving teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 18 - Lost to North Union 49-45. Sam Hawk scored 16 points and Spencer Rinehart added 14.

*Jan. 21 - Lost to West Jefferson 61-54. Riley Middendorf scored 21 points and Hawk added 11.

*Jan. 26 - Played Licking Heights

*Jan. 29 - At Harvest Prep

*Feb. 5 - At Liberty Union

Of note: The Bobcats were 6-7 overall and 4-3 in the MSL-Cardinal before Jan. 26.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 18 - Lost to Harvest Prep 46-20. Abby Cameron scored eight points.

*Jan. 22 - Defeated Liberty Union 50-42. Cameron scored 14 points, Danielle Clark had 11 and Karen Daniel-Hamberg added 10.

Jan. 24 - Lost to Bloom-Carroll 57-46

*Jan. 28 - At Millersport

*Feb. 1 - Home vs. Berne Union

*Feb. 5 - Home vs. Fisher Catholic

Of note: The Bobcats are 6-9 overall and 4-6 in the MSL-Cardinal.

*MSL-Cardinal game

BOWLING

*Jan. 19 - Boys: Lost to Mifflin 1,668-1,536. Ryan Grinstead rolled his highest game (164) and highest series (263) of the season; Girls: Lost to Mifflin 1,224-932

*Jan. 20 - Boys: Def. Linden-McKinley 1,635-991. Jake Bottorf had a season-high 325 series. He also had a season-high game of 166; Girls: Def. Linden 1,421-811. Kendra Runyon had a season-high series of 318.

*Jan. 24 - Boys: Lost to Centennial 1,670-1,188; Girls: Lost to Centennial 1,284-1,268

*Jan. 25 - Competed against St. Charles (boys only)

*Feb. 1 - Hartley at Eastland Lanes

*Feb. 2 - Watterson at Western Lanes

*Feb. 4 - Haugland Learning Center at Western Lanes

Of note: The boys team was 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the COHSBC-Central before Jan. 25. The girls team is 2-9 overall and 2-7 in the COHSBC-Central.

*COHSBC-Central match

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jan. 21 - Meet with Teays Valley postponed because of bad weather. A makeup date hasn't been set.

Jan. 27 - MSL diving championships at Columbus Aquatic Center

Jan. 29 - MSL championships at Columbus Academy