Moments after the Central Crossing High School girls basketball team's 49-40 loss to Newark in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 21 at Pickerington Central, a tearful Olivia Davis reflected on the most successful season in program history.

Moments after the Central Crossing High School girls basketball team's 49-40 loss to Newark in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 21 at Pickerington Central, a tearful Olivia Davis reflected on the most successful season in program history.

"I felt that we had a great season," said Davis, whose team finished 18-4 overall and 11-3 in the OCC-Central Division. "We all worked together and became a family. We believed in one another and counted on each other. I'm sure we could have won one or two more games, but we had the best record in school history.

"I'm so proud of my team, (my) family. I couldn't have done it without them."

Davis averaged 13.5 points and led the Comets in rebounding at 12.3 per game. The senior was named the Player of the Year in the league and was third-team all-district.

The 18 victories set a program record for a season, breaking the mark of the 2004-05 team finished 15-6.

Junior Jalynn Graham was named first-team all-league and third-team all-district and averaged a team-best 14.5 points. She is expected to be the Comets' top returning player next season.

Junior Amber Huggins, who missed the Newark game because of an injury, was honorable mention all-league.

Senior Kourtney Inks was the team's scholar athlete. Jordan Huth and Lacy Patrick were the team's other seniors.

"It's always tough, especially when you have a good group of seniors," coach Neil Hohman said of his team's season ending. "Our girls get along so well together, so not being able to get back together in practice is tough."

Central Crossing, which opened the tournament with a 30-25 win over Pickerington Central in the first round Feb. 15, was involved in another close game with 14th-seeded Newark before the Wildcats took control in the closing minutes.

The Comets, the eighth seed, trailed 40-36 with six minutes remaining but went scoreless until Graham's rebound basket with 39 seconds left. That ended an 8-0 Newark run.

"Newark made a little bit of a run," Hohman said. "We had some good looks at it. A couple bounces here and there is really all it was again, as in some of our other games this year that we lost."

Graham and Davis each scored 12 points.

Maggie Mitchell led Newark with 21 points.

Central Crossing finished third in the OCC-Central behind Dublin Coffman (13-1) and Upper Arlington (12-2) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (7-7), Thomas Worthington (6-8), Hilliard Darby (4-10), Westland (2-12) and Worthington Kilbourne (1-13).

The Comets' league losses came against UA (55-30 on Dec. 20 and 34-26 on Feb. 3) and Coffman (40-34 on Jan. 20). Central Crossing defeated Coffman 43-40 on Dec. 6.

Along with Graham and Huggins, players expected to contribute next season include juniors Renee Baker, Javon Graham (Jalynn's twin sister), Regina Lewis and Savannah Smith and sophomores Michaela Dorsey, Jayanna Kennedy, Hunter Taylor and Danajzha White.

"We have a good group coming back next year," Hohman said.