It wasn't easy being part of the Grove City High School girls basketball team last Saturday. The Greyhounds were expecting a close game with Central Crossing, but lost 57-36.

It wasn't easy being part of the Grove City High School girls basketball team last Saturday. The Greyhounds were expecting a close game with Central Crossing, but lost 57-36.

Going into the game, coach Dale Corbett thought his team had been showing signs of improvement. But he couldn't find any evidence of that after the game.

Less than 24 hours after playing well in a 46-39 loss to Lancaster, the Greyhounds struggled to mount an effective attack.

"We were getting better until today," Corbett said after last Saturday's game. "We were in a position last night to win it. We didn't, but we played well enough to get into position. Today, we just weren't ready to play."

Against Lancaster, the Greyhounds bounced back from a two-point third quarter by scoring 19 in the fourth.

"We're going to need to learn to win," Corbett said. "We're getting close to people. (Against Lancaster) we were right there within four or five points and then we were real tentative and afraid to make mistakes."

Before playing Newark last Tuesday in an Ohio-Ohio Division game, the Greyhounds were 1-3 in the league and tied for fifth with Lancaster and Pickerington Central. The Greyhounds trailed Gahanna (4-0), Reynoldsburg (4-0), Pickerington North (3-1) and Newark (2-2) and were ahead of Groveport (0-4).

The Greyhounds beat Groveport 47-40 on Dec. 10 behind 12 points from Kayla Behrens.

•With its win over Grove City, Central Crossing took a 4-3 lead in the series. The Comets need to beat Franklin Heights at home on Jan. 8 and Westland at home six days later to sweep the South-Western City Schools teams for the second year in a row.

"We're trying to make it a tradition," guard Jalynn Graham said after the Grove City win.

Graham, who scored in double figures in four of Central Crossing's first six games, scored 13 against Grove City. Lindsey Carmean led the Comets with 15 points.

The Comets came out fast against Grove City, leading 13-5 after the first quarter. That has been a trend for the Comets this season. When they've started well, they've finished well.

During a 55-37 loss to Westerville North on Dec. 13, the Comets scored only nine points in the first half, trailing 31-9 at halftime. They outscored North 17-6 in the third quarter.

In a 54-28 win over Hilliard Darby on Dec. 10, the Comets jumped out to a 21-6 lead.

"It seems like it goes from game to game," coach Neil Hohman said. "If we start off the game pretty well, we have confidence for the game. If we don't start off well like against Westerville North, if we start off slow, it seems like we don't have the drive."

Before playing Upper Arlington last Tuesday, the Comets were fifth in the OCC-Central at 2-2 behind Hilliard Davidson (4-1), Dublin Coffman (3-1), Thomas Worthington (3-1) and Upper Arlington (3-1) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (2-3), Hilliard Darby (0-4) and Westland (0-4).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central Crossing and Grove City girls basketball teams:

CENTRAL CROSSING

Dec. 13 - Lost to Westerville North 55-37. Jalynn Graham scored 14 points and Lindsey Carmean added 11.

*Last Friday - Lost to Hilliard Davidson 63-51. Graham scored 19 points and Olivia Davis added 18.

Last Saturday - Defeated Grove City 57-36. Carmean scored 15 points and Graham added 13.

*Last Tuesday - Played Upper Arlington

Dec. 30 - At Hilliard Bradley

*Jan. 7 - At Thomas Worthington

Of note: The Comets were 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central game

GROVE CITY

*Last Friday - Lost to Lancaster 46-39. Alyssa Sammeth scored nine points.

Last Saturday - Lost to Central Crossing 57-36. Sammeth scored eight points.

*Last Tuesday - Played Newark

Today - At Licking Heights

Tuesday-Wednesday - At Teays Valley Lady Viking Invitational

Of note: The Greyhounds were 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio game