Grove City High School boys basketball coach Greg Waits has set a high standard for his program.

Grove City High School boys basketball coach Greg Waits has set a high standard for his program.

Waits and his players realize they didn't meet those standards during the regular season, as the Greyhounds are 7-13 overall and went 5-9 in the OCC-Ohio Division, placing sixth behind co-champions Gahanna and Pickerington North (13-1), Newark (8-6), Pickerington Central (8-6) and Reynoldsburg (7-7), and ahead of Groveport (1-13) and Lancaster (1-13).

"This is a very disappointing season for Grove City basketball because of the standards that we've set," Waits said. "The teams and the kids in previous years, those kids set the foundation for our goals, and the expectations for Grove City basketball are really high. We didn't meet those this year."

Junior guard Jimmy Gravett, who has been playing with a broken nose since sustaining the injury during a practice in late January, also was disappointed with his team's regular season.

"I had really high hopes for this season, so we're all disappointed," Gravett said. "We have not hit the basketball standards whatsoever."

Grove City played Dresden Tri-Valley in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Feb. 22. The winner plays sixth-seeded Walnut Ridge in second round at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Hamilton Township.

The Greyhounds entered the tournament riding a five-game losing streak, including a 64-43 loss at Pickerington North in their regular-season finale on Feb. 18.

Against North, Grove City jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Panthers held a 16-9 advantage after one quarter and led 29-20 at halftime.

"We had a great start and they just took control after that," Waits said. "They do a great job man-to-man and they got into us and gave us some problems. We didn't execute very well."

Jake Green led the Greyhounds with 12 points.

During the regular season, Green led the team in scoring, averaging 10.8 points, followed by Bobby Brown (9.3) and Brandon Bapst (8.7). Brown was leading the team in rebounding, averaging 9.1.

Central Crossing entered the district tournament on a nine-game losing streak, including a 47-38 loss to Westland in its regular-season finale on Feb. 18.

Against Westland, the Comets made just seven of 22 free throws.

"You're just not going to win a lot of games when you shoot that poorly from the foul line," coach Mike Cavey said.

With the win, Westland completed a season sweep of the Comets. The Cougars won the first meeting 60-50 on Jan. 14.

Central Crossing closed out the regular season 4-16 overall and 2-12 in the OCC-Central, tying Westland for seventh behind co-champion Dublin Coffman and Upper Arlington (13-1), Thomas Worthington (9-5), Hilliard Davidson (7-7), Hilliard Darby (5-9) and Worthington Kilbourne (5-9).

The Comets opened the district tournament against fifth-seeded Pickerington North on Feb. 23. The winner plays Dublin Scioto or Teays Valley in the second round at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Heath.

The Comets struggled offensively in the second half of the regular season, as they did not score more than 50 points in their final nine games.

"We are struggling putting the ball in the basket," Cavey said. "Team chemistry has kind of been an issue all year. We're hoping to be able to solve that over the summer. We're hopefully going to be taking them out to a team camp somewhere and getting them away from everything where they have nothing to worry about but getting to know each other a little bit more."

During the regular season, Clay Luebben led the team in scoring, averaging 9.9 points, followed by Ryan Kelley (9.4) and Jeff Davis (7.1). Luebben led the team in rebounding, averaging 6.3.

AT A GLANCE

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

CENTRAL CROSSING

*Feb. 18 - Lost to Westland 47-38

Feb. 23 - Played Pickerington North in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays Dublin Scioto or Teays Valley in second round, 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Heath.

Of note: The Comets were 4-16 overall before Feb. 23 and finished 2-12 (tied for seventh) in the OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central game

GROVE CITY

Feb. 15 - Lost to Westerville Central 69-56. Jake Green had 14 points, Bobby Brown scored 12 and Zach Layne-Wolfe scored 11.

*Feb. 18 - Lost to Pickerington North 64-43

Feb. 22 - Played Dresden Tri-Valley in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays sixth-seeded Walnut Ridge in second round, 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Hamilton Township.

Of note: The Greyhounds were 7-13 overall before Feb. 22 and finished 5-9 (sixth) in the OCC-Ohio.

*OCC-Ohio game