Central Crossing looking to build on last season
Coming off a record-setting season, Central Crossing High School girls basketball coach Neil Hohman believes his team can have similar success this winter.
The Comets set a program record for wins last season, as they finished 18-4 overall with a 49-40 loss to Newark in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
Central Crossing defeated Pickerington Central 30-25 in the first round.
The program's previous best for wins came in 2004-05, when the Comets finished 15-6.
"We're looking to build off that success from last year," Hohman said. "Obviously, we want to improve on it and at least match it. We were at a pretty good level to end the year."
Hohman, who is in his fourth season, said he believes his team again will contend for the title in the OCC-Central Division, along with Dublin Coffman and Upper Arlington.
Central Crossing finished third (11-3) in the league last year, behind Coffman (13-1) and UA (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 beat Coffman 43-40 in last year's league opener but lost 55-30 and 34-26 to UA, which had won the league the previous two seasons.
Darby and Kilbourne have moved to the OCC-Cardinal, and Marysville and Olentangy Liberty now are in the OCC-Central.
Central Crossing opened by beating New Albany 37-31 in the Gary West Tipoff Classic on Nov. 23 at Reynoldsburg. The Comets begin league play Friday, Nov. 30, at Westland.
Central Crossing lost four players from a year ago to graduation in Olivia Davis, Jordan Huth, Kourtney Inks and Lacy Patrick. The biggest loss was Davis, who was the Player of the Year in the league last season and third-team all-district after averaging 13.5 points and a team-high 12.3 rebounds.
The Comets feature 5-foot-6 senior guard Jalynn Graham, who was first-team all-league and third-team all-district a year ago after leading the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game.
Senior guard/forward Amber Huggins (5-8) was honorable mention all-league.
Also back are seniors Renee Baker (5-4, guard), Javon Graham (5-8, forward) and Regina Lewis (5-9, guard) and juniors Michaela Dorsey (5-9, guard), Hunter Taylor (5-8, forward) and Danazjha White (6-0, forward).
Jalynn and Javon Graham are twins.
"I believe we can have a special season," Dorsey said. "We have a lot of high expectations and I think we're going to meet them pretty well. We have to learn how to work together because last year everyone knew their exact role. This year we're still trying to figure it out, but I think we're going to get it."
Senior Brooklyn Wooten (5-9) is expected to see time at point guard, according to Hohman, allowing Jalynn Graham to focus more on scoring.
Wooten is a transfer from Teays Valley. She played at Brookpark Middle School in Grove City before transferring to Teays Valley before her freshman year.
Junior guard Alison Amos (5-6) rounds out the team.
"We have good depth and our team speed is great," Hohman said. "They can get up and down the floor well and sprint. They can get back and play defense and also push the ball ahead."