With a little less than half of the regular season remaining, the Ready High School boys basketball team has formed a clear-cut identity.

With a little less than half of the regular season remaining, the Ready High School boys basketball team has formed a clear-cut identity.

The Silver Knights held five of their first 10 opponents to fewer than 50 points and three of the other five to fewer than 60.

By mixing strong defense with the ability of several players to shoot from the outside, Ready has managed to cover its deficiencies when it comes to scoring down low and in the halfcourt.

The goal for the remainder of the season for the Silver Knights is to use that combination in an effort to earn a second consecutive Division III district championship.

"We defended North Union really well (in a 47-45 overtime loss Jan. 3) and we defended Lancaster Fisher Catholic really well (in a 57-47 win Jan. 6)," coach Andy Clark said. "We've got to be able to play at both ends of the floor. We have to, as coaches, address and put the guys in better positions. Our strengths and weaknesses are different than they were a year ago."

Forward Joe Graessle was the team's best outside shooter a year ago when he made 35 3-pointers. He had 21 through 10 games.

Graessle isn't the only player, however, who shoots it well from the outside. Ryan Clark and Cody Corrova had made 10 3-pointers through 10 games, forward Joey Kulp had six and forward Matt Biggs had two.

Corrova has emerged as an offensive option (6.1 points per game) after averaging 1.4 points a year ago.

"(Outside shooting) has been a big part of our game," Corrova said. "Since we lost the big guy, Adam Sever (to graduation), we have just Ryan down there who's about (6-foot-4). He's never told anybody that they can't shoot. Everybody knows what a good shot is."

"(Corrova has) really done a great job this year," coach Clark said. "He's finishing his shots when we need it and he's playing good defense as well. He's arguably been our most consistent performer."

• Girls basketball coach Joe Lang began cautioning his players after they edged CCL-rival DeSales 65-64 on Jan. 17 that they had to continue to remain focused if they are to remain in the CCL title race.

The warning didn't keep the Silver Knights from falling to Columbus School for Girls 56-53 four days later.

"After (the DeSales game) I mentioned to the kids in the locker room that you have to protect big wins," Lang said. "I thought CSG could be the perfect trap game for us. After the way we had played for 32 minutes against DeSales, I thought we'd turned the corner, but we just did not have that same intensity (against CSG). It's a goofy game."

Christina Bisutti went 4-for-4 from 3-point range and had 20 points and five assists against DeSales and then had 16 against CSG. The Unicorns rallied from a 46-39 deficit heading into the final period.

Taylor Riggs scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds against DeSales, which Ready closes the CCL with on Feb. 11.

"We've had so many games where we've checked out for a quarter or a half," Lang said. "We were up by four or five points after the third quarter and the fourth quarter we lost focus and missed a couple shots."

•The boys and girls bowling teams are in position to contend for Central District-South Division championships.

The girls team has been led all season by Alexa Pelgrino (170 average) and Emily Helber (168) and the boys have featured Matt Nitsch (197) and Mike Zerrien (190).

Coach Russ Rehner also has been pleasantly surprised by the development of several other players, including sophomore Allison Lichwa (160) from the girls team.

"Things are shaping up well," Rehner said. "Everyone's focused and knows where we want to go. We've been getting pleasant surprises like (we have from Lichwa), who's got good mechanics. The main thing is that they're having a good time. It's difficult for some of the young bowlers to try and go out there and bowl by themselves. It's kind of like shooting a free throw."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Ready boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 16 -- Lost to Worthington Christian 56-44

Jan. 20 -- Defeated Fairbanks 59-44

Last Friday -- Def. Shekinah Christian 49-38 in first round of Jaguar Invitational at Wellington. Joe Graessle scored 18 points and Ryan Clark had 16.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Wellington 37-37 (OT) in championship of Jaguar Invitational

*Last Tuesday -- Played St. Charles

*Friday -- Home vs. Hartley. Ready won 66-65 on Dec. 12.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Watterson. Ready won 60-56 on Jan. 9.

Of note: The Silver Knights were 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 17 -- Def. DeSales 65-64

*Jan. 21 -- Lost to Columbus School for Girls 56-53

*Last Saturday -- Def. Worthington Christian 69-29. Christina Bisutti scored 13 points and Taylor Riggs and Heather Manning had nine.

Last Wednesday -- Played Newark Catholic

*Saturday -- At Watterson. Ready lost 56-43 on Jan. 7.

Of note: The Silver Knights were 9-5 overall before last Wednesday and are 5-2 in the CCL.

*CCL game

BOWLING

*Jan. 9 -- Boys: Lost to Hartley 2,344-2,271; Girls: Def. Hartley 1,692-1,547

*Jan. 16 -- Match vs. East postponed

*Jan. 20 -- Boys: Def. Premier Academy 2,158-1,860; Girls: Def. Premier 1,735-1,083

*Jan. 21 -- Boys: Def. Walnut Ridge 1,985-1,982; Girls: Def. Walnut Ridge 1,603-1,383

*Last Friday -- Boys: Lost to Reynoldsburg 2,299-2,266; Girls: Lost to Reynoldsburg 1,998-1,633

*Last Monday -- Boys: Def. Brookhaven 2,065-1,651; Girls: Def. Brookhaven 1,556-1.241

*Last Tuesday -- Boys: Played St. Charles

*Friday -- Home vs. Marion-Franklin at Western Lanes

Of note: The boys team was 10-4 overall and in the Central-South and the girls team was 12-1 overall and in the Central-South before last Tuesday.

*Central-South match

WRESTLING

Jan. 17-18 -- Finished 14th (64) in 38-team Catholic Invitational Tournament at Heath behind champion Cincinnati Moeller (235). David Martello was sixth at 135 and Jeff Beatty was fifth at 215.

Jan. 22 -- Finished first in Westside Dials. Ready defeated Briggs 62-14 and West beat Franklin Heights 45-36 in the first round. Ready then beat West 51-36 for the title and Franklin Heights defeated Briggs 58-18 in the consolation.

Tuesday -- At Watterson Duals