A member of the OCC-Ohio Division, the Grove City High School girls basketball team has had its improvement overshadowed by a difficult schedule.

A member of the OCC-Ohio Division, the Grove City High School girls basketball team has had its improvement overshadowed by a difficult schedule.

The Greyhounds entered their league game against Groveport on Jan. 25 on a 10-game losing streak. Their last win was a 47-40 decision over the Cruisers on Dec. 10.

From dribbling to shooting, it has been a learning process for Grove City. But according to coach Dale Corbett, the Greyhounds continue to make progress despite some lopsided losses.

"We're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel," Corbett said. "It's been a struggle. We just can't get any kind of rhythm. At the beginning it was handling the basketball. We're starting to do that better. It's just the shooting hasn't gotten there yet. Scoring points is a struggle."

Corbett said the team's shooting percentage from the field is hovering at about 25 percent.

Entering their game Jan. 25, the Greyhounds had scored more than 40 points only four times - the win over Groveport, a 57-45 loss to Jonathan Alder on Dec. 29, a 66-46 loss to Gahanna on Jan. 3 and a 73-41 loss to Reynoldsburg on Jan. 21.

Part of the Greyhounds' offensive woes stems from not having a go-to scorer. Their leading scorer seemingly changes each game. Among the players who have led Grove City in scoring are Taryn Allmon, Kayla Behrens, Lindsey Eickel, Kristen Mesler and Alyssa Sammeth.

"I think it hurts us sometimes not having that go-to scorer," Corbett said. "I think the shots we're taking are fairly good, but it's gotten to be a mental thing right now, and in our league there are not too many opportunities to have breakout games."

Three OCC-Ohio teams - Reynoldsburg (first), Pickerington North (third) and Gahanna (seventh) - were in the Division I area coaches poll released last week. The Greyhounds are a combined 0-5 against those opponents and have yet to play Gahanna in the second round of league play.

"This is a fun group to coach," Corbett said. "I feel for them sometimes. It takes a special kid to take some of the losses that we've had and come back the next day and be ready to go at it again."

Central Crossing placed another signed basketball in the school's trophy case after sweeping its South-Western City Schools opponents for the second consecutive season.

The Comets completed the sweep with a 55-23 win over Westland on Jan. 14. Central Crossing also beat the Cougars 75-37 on Dec. 3 and defeated Grove City 57-36 on Dec. 18 and Franklin Heights 59-20 on Jan. 8.

"I think a lot of (the success against the other SWCS teams) was that we really didn't have a lot of our girls transfer," coach Neil Hohman said. "The previous coach (current Lancaster coach Sarah Chevalier) did a good job of training the girls that were younger. I credit a lot of the girls for staying."

The Comets' next task is trying to improve in the OCC-Central, and they will get another opportunity on Friday, Jan. 28, at home against Hilliard Davidson.

Central Crossing lost to the Wildcats 63-51 on Dec. 17. In that game, Davidson made 25 free throws.

"They shot about 30 free throws and we shot five," Hohman said. "It was a matter of us not driving the basketball offensively."

Hohman said his team's goal is to hold its opponents to fewer than 40 points. If the Comets do that, they have a better chance of overcoming stretches where they struggle offensively, he said.

Central Crossing should be aided offensively and defensively by the return of guard Lindsay Carmean, who missed time because of a finger injury and spent last week in Europe participating in a softball tournament.

AT A GLANCE

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

CENTRAL CROSSING

*Jan. 14 - Defeated Westland 55-23. Olivia Davis scored 14 points and Jalynn Graham scored 13.

*Jan. 21 - Lost to Dublin Coffman 64-46. Graham scored 17 points and Davis scored 13.

*Jan. 25 - Played Hilliard Darby

*Jan. 28 - Home vs. Hilliard Davidson. The Comets lost to the Wildcats 63-51 on Dec. 17.

Jan. 31 - Home vs. Mifflin

Of note: The Comets were 5-9 overall and 3-6 in the OCC-Central before Jan. 25.

*OCC-Central game

GROVE CITY

*Jan. 13 - Lost to Pickerington North 83-38

*Jan. 21 - Lost to Reynoldsburg 73-41. Lindsey Eickel scored 10 points and Miranda Frase scored eight.

*Jan. 25 - Played Groveport

*Jan. 28 - At Lancaster. The Greyhounds lost to the Gales 46-39 on Dec. 17.

Feb. 2 - At Ready

Of note: The Greyhounds were 2-12 overall and 1-8 in the OCC-Ohio before Jan. 25.

*OCC-Ohio game