After equaling last season's win total, coach Dale Corbett said the Grove City High School girls basketball team entered the new year improved but looking to become more consistent.
The Greyhounds, who went 5-16 a year ago, earned their fifth win this season with a 59-25 victory over Fisher Catholic on Dec. 28 in the Yule Holiday Classic at Liberty Union.
"I like my team," Corbett said. "I said before the season that we were going to be better and we are. When we play well, we have a legitimate chance to win and that wasn't always the case last year. We had to play real well last year."
The Greyhounds' other game in the Yule Holiday Classic, against Amanda-Clearcreek on Dec. 27, was postponed because of bad weather. Corbett said he would try to reschedule the game.
Corbett said his team played well against Fisher Catholic, shooting 42 percent from the field. Junior forward Bree Kilgus scored 14 points and senior guard Ashley Antrobus had 11.
"Things have gotten a lot better," Kilgus said. "We all get along better and we're learning how to play better together on the court."
The Greyhounds played without senior post player Kristen Mesler, who was participating in Fiesta Bowl festivities in Arizona with the school's marching band.
"It was good to play well without her because she's obviously done well for us," Corbett said. "We played well. We ran the floor well and pressed well (on defense). We looked like a pretty good team. When you're shooting well, it cures everything."
Mesler also missed a 45-41 loss to Watkins Memorial on Jan. 2, a game in which the Greyhounds shot 25 percent from the field.
"It's disappointing to lose," Corbett said. "I thought it was one that was there. We just couldn't get over the hump."
Grove City then fell to 5-6 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Ohio Division with a 70-28 loss to Gahanna on Jan. 4.
The Greyhounds begin the second round of league play Friday, Jan. 11, when they visit Pickerington North, which beat Grove City 87-43 on Nov. 29.
Corbett said Reynoldsburg, which defeated Grove City 86-33 on Dec. 7, remains the team to beat in the league. The Raiders were 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the league before playing Newark on Jan. 8.
"Reynoldsburg is in a class by themselves," Corbett said.
Corbett said senior point guard Miranda Frase and Kilgus have been keys to the team's success.
Through 10 games, Kilgus was averaging 10.8 points and Frase was at 8.3.
"Miranda is (doing) everything I thought she was going to do," Corbett said. "Bree Kilgus is playing real well. I'm happy with her. Miranda had to have a good season or we weren't going to have one because the point guard is like your quarterback."
Comets looking to remain in chase
Central Crossing also began 2013 looking for consistency, as the Comets ended 2012 by losing four of their final six games and going 1-4 in OCC-Central play.
Coach Neil Hohman was hoping for better results when his team began the second round of league play at home against Westland on Friday, Jan. 11. Central Crossing defeated Westland 49-40 on Nov. 30.
The Comets were 7-4 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Central before playing Marysville on Jan. 8.
"One of our team goals is to win the league and obviously it's going to be tough for us now, but we're looking toward the second half of the league schedule and competing and beating all these teams," Hohman said. "We're looking forward to ending the season on a good run rather than being back and forth like we've been the first half of the season."
The Comets ended 2012 by defeating Cleveland Martin Luther King 71-16 on Dec. 27 in a Mike Burbridge Holiday Invitational game at Westland. Central Crossing led 40-3 at halftime.
After opening league play with the win over Westland, the Comets lost to Olentangy Liberty (53-30 on Dec. 7), Upper Arlington (47-46 on Dec. 11), Hilliard Davidson (43-37 in overtime Dec. 14) and Dublin Coffman (44-37 on Dec. 21).
Central Crossing beat Thomas Worthington 51-17 in a league game Jan. 4.
"I'm OK with things," Hohman said. "We beat Westland in our first league game and then we played four good teams in a row in our league and lost all four of them. Except for the Liberty game, we played well enough to win in those games. We just didn't come up with the play in the UA, Davidson and Coffman games towards the end in the fourth quarter."