The Central Crossing High School girls basketball team entered the season hoping to contend again for an OCC-Central Division title.
Although the Comets started 1-3 in league play, coach Neil Hohman believes his team will remain in the title chase.
"With the top four or five teams, anybody can beat each other," he said. "Nobody is really a pushover in our league, so anybody can pull out any game anywhere. We're still in the league race. We just have to start winning. You can't keep losing games."
Central Crossing played three of the expected title contenders in its first four league games in Olentangy Liberty, Upper Arlington and Hilliard Davidson.
The Comets lost to Liberty 53-30 on Dec. 7, UA 47-46 on Dec. 11 and Davidson 43-37 in overtime Dec. 14.
"It's been our shooting," Hohman said. "We just have to shoot the ball better. We're not shooting (3-pointers) very well. We were six of 18 from the free-throw line against Hilliard Davidson and you're not going to win many close games when shooting 33 percent."
Central Crossing will face another league contender when it visits Dublin Coffman on Friday, Dec. 21.
Entering the week, Davidson led the league at 3-0, followed by UA at 3-1 and Coffman and Liberty each at 2-1.
Last season, Central Crossing finished third in the league at 11-3, behind Coffman (13-1) and UA (12-2) and ahead of Davidson (7-7).
Central Crossing handed Coffman its lone league loss a year ago, 43-40. The Shamrocks avenged that loss 40-34.
Liberty finished last season sixth in the OCC-Cardinal at 5-9.
The Comets snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating host Columbus East 55-29 on Dec. 15. Central Crossing outscored the Tigers 27-12 in the second half.
Senior Brooklyn Wooten scored 20 points and senior Jalynn Graham added 12.
"It was nice to have a win like that and get us back on the right track again," Hohman said.
Wooten, a transfer from Teays Valley, has taken over the starting point guard duties.
"It was really important for us to stop the losing streak," she said. "We just needed to find ourselves and get back to what we do best, and that's running the floor and scoring on offense and attacking. That's really what we needed to get back to."
Grove City girls off to good start
After finishing 5-16 last season, Grove City began this season by winning four of its first six games.
"So far, so good," coach Dale Corbett said. "I don't know if we're better than what I thought we were going to be. I thought we were going to be improved and we are. We're playing pretty well. It's a good group. We should be a little bit better because some of these kids have been playing for a while."
The Greyhounds play host to Pickerington Central in an OCC-Ohio game Friday, Dec. 21. Last season, Central won both games, 49-32 and 65-50.
After losing to undefeated Reynoldsburg 86-33 on Dec. 7, the Greyhounds defeated Marion-Franklin 63-26 on Dec. 8 and league opponent Groveport 56-46 on Dec. 13.
Against Groveport, Miranda Frase and Kristen Mesler each scored 13 points and Ashley Antrobus scored 10.
The Greyhounds surpassed the .500 mark just once last season -- by defeating Marion-Franklin 67-43 in the opener.