It was the first time the Central Crossing High School girls basketball team defeated all three South-Western City Schools teams. And shortly after the Comets defeated Westland 73-43 on Jan. 22, team members signed a basketball to commemorate the event.

It was the first time the Central Crossing High School girls basketball team defeated all three South-Western City Schools teams. And shortly after the Comets defeated Westland 73-43 on Jan. 22, team members signed a basketball to commemorate the event.

The Comets lost seven of nine games before playing Westland, but in beating the Cougars, they could feel good about more than just being able to field a team this season post levy.

"Even if we're not winning outside of our district, around here, where we're mostly seen it's real important to us," said guard Ganea Pleasant, Central Crossing's leading scorer at 14.4 points per game. "We beat all of them without a doubt. We pride ourselves on it."

Before finishing off Westland for the second time -- the Comets also beat Westland 59-30 on Dec. 4 -- Central Crossing beat Franklin Heights 71-29 on Dec. 1 and Grove City 50-33 on Dec. 19.

In addition to all the players' signatures, the signed basketball also prominently shows the team's 4-0 record against the SWCS teams. The ball is expected to be on display permanently in the trophy case.

"It was something they wanted to do, especially with all the sports coming back and kind of being the top dogs in the district in girls basketball," coach Neil Hohman said. "We look forward to future years still playing (all the district teams) and still doing the same thing."

The Comets play at Hilliard Davidson on Friday in an OCC-Central Division game before playing host to Upper Arlington in another OCC-Central game Tuesday. They lost to both teams earlier in the year.

They fell to Davidson 38-26 on Dec. 18 before losing to Upper Arlington 55-22 four days later.

Against Davidson, Central Crossing was outscored 17-11 in the final quarter and that broke the game open. Addie Goodwin, a 5-foot-7 guard, led the Wildcats with 14 points and Jamie Caton, a 5-10 guard, had 10 points.

Against UA, the Comets were outscored 13-2 in the first quarter. Mary Corbett, a 5-7 guard, led the Bears with 17 points and Jane Windler, a 6-1 post player, scored nine points.

The UA game was one of the few times the Comets struggled early in a game. Starting a game hasn't been as much of an issue lately as finishing. Hohman has made that a point of emphasis.

Pleasant said the Comets' 51-40 loss to Teays Valley on Jan. 16, was a nip-and-tuck game until Teays Valley broke it open in the fourth quarter. Central Crossing, which trailed 32-31, was outscored 19-9 in the fourth.

"Our first half of every game we've been playing lately has been good," Hohman said. "It's come down to playing in the fourth quarter and really competing."

Hohman said he has tried to hone his team's competitive nature in practice by simulating game-on-the-line situations. Many of the regular drills have an incentive attached to them. Sometimes that means the loser of a drill has to do extra sprints or other exercises.

"We've attached something to (the drills). That way they want to win and try to be competitive rather than just doing a drill," Hohman said.